Aquabirths was delighted to read this lovely birth story by Jo, published by doula Cathy Williams. Jo had her first baby by caesarean when she found that her baby was breech when she went into hospital in labour, and she was told by hospital staff that she had no other option (which isn’t true!).
For Jo’s second baby, she was very interested to find that her consultant was very supportive of a VBAC – a vaginal birth after previous caesarean birth(s). Jo had previously thought that she would not be able to have a vaginal birth, having had her first baby by caesarean. In fact, VBAC is very often the safest option for women who would prefer a vaginal birth.
After extensive research, Jo decided that she would like to birth in a birth pool on the midwife led unit, and this is exactly what happened. Thanks to the support of her doula, Cathy, Jo’s research and strong self advocacy, and as Jo herself puts it, “some balls”, Jo birthed her baby how she wanted, in a birth pool, with only the interventions that she was happy to accept.
Congratulations from all of us at Aquabirths, Jo, and thank you to Cathy Williams for sharing Jo’s story!
For more information on VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean), see the AIMS book “Birth After Caesarean“