Do you want to have a vaginal birth after a caesarean section?
Not sure how to make it happen?
Many women can safely have a vaginal birth after Caesarean (VBAC), but sometimes it can be hard to know if it is the right thing for you to do. Women choose either option for lots of different reasons: personal preference, medical issues, pressure from family, social circumstances and fear.
It isn't always easy to know where to start. Sometimes you need to knock on a few doors before you find the person and the place that is right for you. It can take courage and persistence.
National and international research shows that 63-94% of women who attempt a VBAC are successful... so with the green light from your Health Care Provider, the odds are good!
This course will empower you to
Features and Benefits
The program includes some great features that allows flexible learning and will support you every step of the way in your conversations with your Health Care Provider.
Any Time, Any Place
Learn in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you. Life with kids and work is busy, so this program is designed with that in mind. Do a little bit at a time, or all at once, whatever works for you.
We all learn differently, so we have designed the program accordingly. There are a range of videos, worksheets, checklists and reading material to cater for all kinds of learners.
Your situation is unique. We have created a 'one-stop-shop' for women wanting to take a proactive step towards having a VBAC. Everything you need to know in one place.
The program is designed to help you make the right decisions for you, and you alone. We offer information and strategies to cover many preferences and will not push you one way or the other.
Support for Partners
Help for your partner or support person to prepare for their role in labour and birth. Content includes tailored information for the important people in your life at this special time.
Covers all the challenges and choices required to prepare for a VBAC. The program will empower you to successfully navigate your way through the system and the options available.
Why we created this course
In the video below, we talk about the program and why we made it.
Scroll down for our downloadable checklist that will help you talk with your Health Care Provider to see if you are a good candidate for a VBAC.
What do we cover?
We understand this isn't your first birth, and you've probably done some type of antenatal education in the past. This program focuses on labouring as a VBAC woman... how is it different, what to expect, and how to prepare with this in mind.
We accommodate all preferences for managing labour from relaxation techniques all the way to epidurals.
What will you learn?
✔️ What do we mean by Health Care Provider
✔️ Understanding what Feeling Safe means and why it is important
✔️ Preparing to talk to your Health Care Provider about whether you can have a VBAC
✔️ Why is labour after a caesarean section different
✔️ How to prepare if you've had a previous difficult birth
✔️ Tools for communication and decision making
✔️ Tips for partners and support people
✔️ What to do if your baby is overdue
✔️ What are the stages of labour and what to expect in each
✔️ What is a posterior labour
✔️ Understanding your own perspectives on pain
✔️ Strategies for managing pain in early labour
✔️ What are the pharmaceutical pain relief options and when's the best time to use them
✔️ Using different positions to help manage labour
✔️ The benefits of using mindfulness and breathing techniques and how to use them for labour and birth
✔️ How to use massage, heat and water in labour
✔️ How all these techniques can work together and when you might use them
✔️ Creating a birth plan that you and your Health Care Provider will actually use
✔️ Breastfeeding - setting up you for success
✔️ Tips for feeding your newborn with a toddler in the house
✔️ Tips from mums for coping with a new baby in the house
Compare Prepared for Birth to traditional antenatal classes
Our online antenatal programs are designed by an experienced Registered Midwife. Jodie has spent many years working with women with high risk pregnancies, helping them achieve their preferred pregnancy and birth experience.
This program not only replaces a traditional hospital birth class, it covers in detail the specific needs of women who are planning a vaginal birth after a caesarean section.
How Does the Program Work?
We use a wide range of media to suit many learning styles, including videos, audio downloads, checklists and templates.
The program is designed to help you work with your Health Care Provider, so we anticipate that you will use some of the downloads (printed or just on your phone) to discuss with them during your appointments. In order to be prepared for labour, your Health Care Providers need to know what is important to you and you need to know what they've got planned for you. These modules are designed to bring these two elements together so that you understand each other and you feel safe and ready for the birth of your beautiful newborn.
"I'd like to have a VBAC"... How to start a Conversation with your Health Care Provider
Many women are not sure if they are safely able to have a VBAC. Maybe this is something you have given a lot of thought to, or perhaps you are just wondering if it is possible...
Download our checklist to take to your next appointment with your Health Care Provider. This list of questions will help you to understand:
→ how your specific circumstances will impact your chances of success, and
→ how they can best support you in the process
For more information, we also have a blog post that outlines 5 strategies to help you increase your chances of a successful VBAC.