A lovely message from Daria after her amazing VBAC birth!
To tell anyone about how much having Bron as my doula helped me, I have to start with the story of my first birth.
My first time around I naively didn't look too much into my options and just winged it. Even though I had a healthy pregnancy I went into the hospital at 41w + 3d and was induced. It lead to a cascade of medical interventions and ultimately an emergency c-section 3 days later. I can remember sitting in my hospital bed after the birth with tears streaming down my face feeling helpless.
Fast forward 2 years later and I was pregnant with my second child. I knew I wanted to try for a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC), but more importantly I wanted my experience to be different this time around, even if it ended in a repeat caesarean, I wanted to at least have felt empowered, supported and informed to make my own decisions. Bron was recommended to me through a VBAC support group and after meeting with her, my husband and I decided to hire her as our doula - best decision ever!
Bron helped me to feel calm and confident in standing up for myself and my birth preferences. She also did our HypnoBirthing lessons which I highly recommend to anyone. It helped take away a lot of the fears from my previous birth. Bron was a calm voice of reason and reassurance, both in the months leading up to the birth and on the actual day. She made me feel confident to trust my body and move around the birth suite as I needed, which I believe was crucial in my beautiful baby girl being born via VBAC. I was so incredibly happy with my birth experience. This time around I was sitting on the hospital bed afterwards just smiling to myself. I did it. I felt empowered. I felt happy.
I can't thank Bron enough for all she did to help me achieve my dream of having a birth where I supported and cared for.