I'm Planning a VBAC

"I'm a little anxious, I'm a little nervous, I'm a little excited, I'm planning a VBAC and I want to do everything I can to feel supported and reach my goals. " ~ Previous VBAC client.

Some women know right away that planning a VBAC is exactly what they will do, some women need time to research and discuss this option with their partner and provider(s). If you are considering or planning a VBAC, what do you need to know?

As a mother, you can choose to do a lot to prepare for your birth or not, but there are a few things we think are absolutely invaluable to your birth.

  • Confidence
  • A supportive provider
  • A supportive team
  • Knowing what you want

That's it. Those are four invaluable additions for your VBAC birth, any birth really.


Trusting that you know you have chosen the right options for yourself. Having confidence in your ability to do this. Having confidence in your provider as they support you in your decision. Having confidence in your support team that you have picked to support you during pregnancy and birth.

A supportive provider

This is very important. Not all providers have the same protocols and picking one that lines up with your wishes will make things much simpler. You want to be sure that if you do/do not want to deliver with an epidural, that can happen. You want to be sure that if you do/do not want a scheduled cesarean by 40,41,42 weeks, that can happen. You want to be sure that if you do/do not want to push in an alternative position, that can happen. Everything that is important to you, should be important to your provider. If you are looking for the perfect provider for you, schedule a free consult with a few Obstetricians and Midwives in your area and talk to them about what is important to you. Are there restrictions that the facility/center has in place that interfere with your wishes? Have a good conversation and talk about what you will/will not change and what you will compromise on.

A supportive team

Sometimes, for whatever reason (insurance, risk factors, personal preference) you do not have many choices for a provider, but you can choose who else you have to support you. Partners are a given, this is their baby too and they are supporting you in your goals for a vbac. However, adding a doula to your support team will also greatly benefit you. Having a doula who is trained to support women feel supported, confident, in control will help you every step of the way. Your doula can help you conquer your worries, concerns, talk about the exciting things, and write a plan with your wishes on it. She can help your partner know what to expect and help them support you during your birth.

Knowing what you want

While this is closely related to confidence, it is a little different in knowing what you want. Knowing what is important to you will help you choose a provider and be confident in them and your decisions. Understanding the risks and benefits of VBAC. Take some time to think about what is important to you, if you need to do some research or talk to a friend after you decide what you want, do it. Do what you need to do to feel like everything is just as you need it. This is your birth. 

We asked some moms/midwives and past clients what has helped to plan/achieve  a VBAC?

  • Hypnobirthing
  • A Doula
  • Researching
  • VBAC Facts
  • Hiring a different provider
  • Choosing a different birthing location
  • Visualizing their birth
  • Positive stories
  • Chiropractic care
  • Your local ICAN chapter

What helped YOU? Share with other moms.