As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've kept pretty good records of all the births I've attended as a primary caregiver. I'm using the same Bellefontaine notebook as I started with and I believe I'm up to 476 or so births logged in that book. However, I've been around four times that many labors, newborns, and births as an assistant, and my perspective on birth comes as much from these experiences as the births that have occurred into my waiting hands. I'm going to be sharing some of those stories on this blog under the column title "Labor Files," and because a commentator recently asked if I have any VBAC experience I thought I'd start with my favorite VBAC story.
Veronica was a 38 year-old woman whom I met in the middle of her sixth pregnancy. She'd had uncomplicated pregnancies resulting in two vaginal deliveries, a C-section for breech, followed by two successful VBACs at my residency hospital. She was planning for this pregnancy to be her last and she really wanted to have another trial of labor after Cesarean section (ToLAC).