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The VBAC Link

Meagan Heaton

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Here at The VBAC Link, our mission is to make birth after Cesarean better by providing education, support, and a community of like-minded people. Welcome to our circle, we are so glad you are here!
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🎙️ Welcome to the VBAC Junkie Podcast, hosted by me, Petra Cruz – a passionate birth doula and proud VBA3C mom. Join me on this powerful road where I open up about my personal cesarean experiences and my VBA3C journey, sharing the highs, lows, and everything in between. In each episode, incredible moms who've experienced a VBAC will sit down with me to share their unique stories. We'll laugh, cry, and celebrate the strength within each birth journey. BUT this podcast isn't just for those who ...
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Motherhood Flow with Hannah Gill | VBAC Doula and Birth Educator

Hannah Gill | VBAC Mom, VBAC Doula, and Childbirth Educator. Your go-to VBAC podcast with a bit of the ebbs and flows of pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and motherhood.

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Welcome to Motherhood Flow, your go-to parenting podcast with a good mix of VBAC preparation tips and VBAC birth stories. While I focus heavily on VBAC and prevention of unnecessary c-sections, you can bet I'll be discussing topics from preconception to birth, to mothering toddlers and navigating your relationship after children, I cover it all here. Get ready for insightful conversations, expert interviews, and personal stories. Motherhood Flow is your space to walk through birth and mother ...
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VBAC Babes

Bethany Lotulelei

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This podcast was created to provide a community to cheer you on in your journey from VBAC hopeful to VBAC success. We are going to debunk the myths, quiet the naysayers, and equip you with everything you need for a healing, empowering birth. And positive postpartum experience. We are VBAC moms. We are fierce, go getters, women of action. You've got this, mama. And I'll be by your side, every step of the way.
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VBAC Birth Stories

Melissa Merino & Stephanie Cannavo

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A podcast featuring Australians sharing their journey of vaginal birth after caesarean. Through sharing and learning from each other's lived experiences the podcast is designed to empower and educate those whose VBAC journey may have just begun, help all expecting mums achieve a more natural birth if that is their intention, and better inform birth professionals about one's journey to a VBAC.
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It can be difficult to find VBAC support with gestational diabetes and most who are supportive of VBAC highly recommend a 39-week induction. Heidi’s first pregnancy/birth included gestational diabetes with daily insulin injections, a 39-week induction, Penicillin during labor for GBS, pushing for five hours, and a C-section for arrest of descent du…
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Imagine walking into labor and delivery prepared with the knowledge and confidence to advocate for the birth experience you've envisioned. That's exactly what HeHe Stewart, from Tranquility by HeHe and The Birth Lounge, is here to talk about. We talk about ways to turn the often overwhelming task of birth planning into a strategic, thoughtful proce…
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Have you been curious whether you should see a Webster-certified plus perinatal-certified chiropractor? Listen to this episode so you can see how a Webster-certified chiropractor can absolutely help your planning experience as well as your birth and postpartum journey. Some highlights we discussed: 🔥 How sharing your previous birth story can help y…
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Today we welcome Jayne Havens, the founder of the Snooze Fest sleep training course and The Center for Pediatric Sleep Management™ sleep consultant certification program. Just like how Meagan’s birth experiences led her to become a doula and VBAC advocate, Jayne talks about how the knowledge she gained by teaching healthy sleep habits to her own ch…
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“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any!” April is Cesarean Awareness Month and we hope this month is one of information, empowerment, and love from us here at The VBAC Link to you. Referring to the amazing resources provided by the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), Meagan and Julie break down the mission of Cesarean Awar…
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I think most of us think that if we plan for a homebirth we are free from experiencing coercion, free from feeling unheard, free from experiencing medical rape... It can absolutely be without all of these happening BUT making sure that you have hard conversations with your birth team and your partner about how exactly you want to be supported, what…
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Hayley joins the show today sharing her breech Cesarean and unmedicated hospital VBAC stories. Meagan and Hayley dive deep into the pros and cons of getting an epidural and why providers tell women so many different things when it comes to epidurals and VBAC! While Hayley had the dreamiest birth she could have imagined and everything went according…
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Though Karen did research and took birthing classes before her first baby, she didn’t realize how much advocating for herself could change the course of her birth. She wanted to be the “good” patient and told herself she could do without the things her body told her she needed during labor. Karen ended up pushing for over four hours and consenting …
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Today Petra joins me on Motherhood Flow, to share her four birth stories including a VBA3C (VBAC after three c-sections). She is a voice demanding change in childbirth advocacy. Each insight shared in our conversation serves as a call to action, encouraging mothers to stand firm in their birthing choices and to seek out informed consent as a fundam…
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This episode is jam-packed with Cesarean and VBAC information. Here are the main takeaways from this episode 🔥 Understanding what Cesarean Awareness Month is 🔥 How ICAN can help you on your birth after cesarean journey 🔥 What your options are after you've had 1 or more cesareans 🔥 10 tips on how to avoid a cesarean ✨ Download this Free VBAC Success…
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Jennifer joins us today sharing her HBA3C story! Each birth was a stepping stone that gave her more education and wisdom which ultimately led to her home birth after three Cesareans. Jennifer’s first Cesarean was due to meconium in the water, slow progress, and heart rate issues. Her other two Cesareans were scheduled, but her third was particularl…
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"She was in my arms while she took her first breath and she was just so calm and beautiful. It feels like time just stops at that moment. It was so, so special to me." From turning down the opportunity to take a childbirth class during her first pregnancy to now passionately teaching her own classes (She Births Bravely) as a childbirth educator and…
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I think most of us waltz into postpartum without planning how we'll manage our emotions, how we'll stay connected to our partner, or building any type of consistent village to help us. I get it, it's hard to ask for help and also you're so busy planning for your birth experience but dare I say it's more important to plan for your postpartum season …
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Cesareans can be peaceful, beautiful, and so healing. Though Alexis didn’t have the VBAC she planned for, she still had the euphoric birth she dreamed of. Alexis unexpectedly experienced PPROM and preeclampsia at 36 weeks with her first baby. Trying to labor and push under the effects of magnesium and all of the other interventions was incredibly e…
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During her first pregnancy, Selah’s doctor predicted that her baby would be over 10 pounds. She insisted that it was not safe to deliver vaginally. Selah went right into her first Cesarean. She didn’t even have the chance to try. Her baby went to the NICU shortly after birth due to lung and blood sugar complications. When her fluid levels were low …
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Placenta Previa is a subject that is close to my heart because I had it with my second pregnancy. I was never told any information about it other than I needed a cesarean because I could hemorrhage,. I now know that about 90% of placenta previas are resolved by 28-35 weeks! Listen to this episode to get some insight and information you may not have…
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Kara joins us today from the Los Angeles area sharing her VBA2C story! Kara’s first birth was a scary and chaotic emergency Cesarean. Though her second planned Cesarean went smoothly, Kara did not love how her birth felt like such a medical procedure. After experiencing a miscarriage during her third pregnancy, Kara experienced heartache and grief,…
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Danielle Duboise, the co-founder of Sakara Life, has changed millions of lives through her advocacy for wellness and nourishment both of the body and the soul. Danielle is also an HBAC mama and shares with us the valuable lessons she has learned from both of her births about the mother-baby connection, surrendering, and the true meaning of an empow…
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A planned homebirth transfer can happen for various reasons, you'll get to hear Fatima's story of her homebirth transfer and then her 3 homebirth stories after that! We also chatted about mineral depletion and how it can affect your pregnancy and postpartum experience. Fatima is an Integrative Health Practitioner focused on mineral balancing after …
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Hearing about risk is hard. Interpreting risk is even harder, but deciding which risks are comfortable for you is an essential part of birth! Meagan and Julie discuss how to tell the difference between relative and absolute risk, and what kind of conversations to have with your provider to help you better understand what the numbers mean. They also…
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“Your diagnosis of preeclampsia is not forever. It will pass. You will get through it. You can do it.” Meagan invites her dear friend and doula client, Emily, on the podcast today to share her two very different birth stories and what she has learned along the way. During her first pregnancy, Emily was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at 27 weeks…
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You are more than what happened during your birth! In this episode, I got to chat with Kayla Nettleton who is a licensed therapist who helps women overcome fear, anxiety, and their people-pleasing tendencies. This incredible woman is a wealth of knowledge and I can't wait for you to hear her wisdom and steal her practical tips for releasing your fe…
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“Birth is birth and we just want our babies here safe, but I also think that we all deserve to be empowered to have the birth that feels right.” One night, a few months after her second C-section, Arianna had a dream that she was giving birth vaginally to a sweet baby boy and pulled him right up to her chest. The next morning, she took a pregnancy …
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We know that unique circumstances in pregnancy can make a VBAC feel farther out of reach. Do your chances of having a VBAC go down if you had preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy or your current one? What if you have a special scar? What are the chances of having a VBAC if you were diagnosed with “failure to progress”? What about fibroids or gestat…
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Depending on your life experiences, perception of birth, or family history you might have had this decided before you ever got pregnant. This is such a deeply personal choice and there is no right or wrong answer. Wherever you feel comfortable is key. 🔑 In this episode, I weigh the pros and cons of a homebirth, birth center birth, and hospital birt…
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We love hearing stories of how our Women of Strength navigate birth in an empowered way, no matter the outcome. Rebecca’s story shows how she carefully selected the most supportive homebirth midwife, created a safe birth space in her home, labored hard and beautifully with her husband, took time to process information, assessed her situation, and c…
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This episode was truly special, I had been admiring all the amazing work Kaitlin has been doing from afar and hesitated to reach out to her (hello imposter syndrome) because she was "too big" and wouldn't want to be on my podcast... Well, she actually reached out to me and boy am I glad she did!! 🔥 We chatted about her very less-than-ideal first bi…
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Happy podcast Wednesday, Women of Strength! You do NOT want to miss today’s episode. Clair shares her beautiful journey to a VBA3C. After fully dilating and pushing for hours but ultimately ending in C-sections with her first three babies, Clair finally had the vaginal birth she so badly hoped for with her fourth! Clair shows just how powerful birt…
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I had a great chat with Ashley Winning who believes that women are born with the strength, wisdom, and courage to birth and be the mothers they want to be. She works intimately with pregnant women who plan to have vaginal births after c-section/ homebirth by working through fear and mindset challenges, while providing emotional support so that they…
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We are following up on last week’s informative episode on gestational diabetes with a gestational diabetes VBAC story! Samantha’s first labor ended in a traumatic Cesarean with her first baby, but she didn’t find out many details of what happened to her until she requested her operative report months later. Samantha found out that she had a lateral…
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Stuart J. Fischbein MD is a community-based practicing obstetrician and an Associate of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, published author of the book “Fearless Pregnancy, Wisdom & Reassurance from a Doctor, A Midwife and A Mom” and peer-reviewed papers Homebirth with an Obstetrician, A Series of 135 Out of Hospital Births and Breech…
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We have an incredibly special episode for you today with the one and only Lily Nichols! She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the author of two books (soon to be three!)-- Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes. Lily is truly a pregnancy nutrition expert providing women with access to the most current evidence-based…
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In this episode, I reflect on my VBA3C journey. I got soooo much more emotional in this episode than I realized I would. I'm typically not that emotional so get ready for some happy tears 🥹 Hope this helps you on your journey! Things gone over in this episode: -The challenges I faced -How it changed me -What I learned along the way Can't wait for y…
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I don’t know who needs to hear this, but… You do NOT have to be induced at 39 weeks to have a vaginal birth. You CAN have an induced VBAC. Your cervix DOESN’T have to dilate by 40 weeks. Home birth is just as SAFE as hospital birth, even for VBAC. Your pelvis is PERFECT. You are capable of doing MORE than you even know. Tune in to today’s hot episo…
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I had the pleasure of talking to Sarah about her VBA2C story which I was also so honored to be a part of. ❤️ Sarah is a mom of 3 plus 2 stepchildren. She is a placenta encapsulation specialist in Fresno, California with a passion for offering support to other moms on their postpartum journey. Even though Sarah didn't have her baby at home like she …
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Amina’s story shows the true POWER of a supportive provider. Both of her birth stories had similar interventions (but given in very different ways) with very different provider reactions and a very different outcome! “That was the biggest change for me. It’s not like the second birth was just smooth. There were moments when there was blood. There w…
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In today's episode of Motherhood Flow, Katie tells her story of having a uterine rupture (without a prior c-section) after the use of Pitocin. She and her daughter both suffered birth trauma and medical negligence that left her daughter with severe disabilities and Katie without a uterus. Katie now has a passion for educating and spreading awarenes…
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In this episode, I dive into how you might choose to have a VBAC or a repeat cesarean. Things gone over in this episode: -Your why for wanting VBAC -Risks and benefits of VBAC and cesarean -Things that could help you prepare for a successful VBAC Can't wait for you to dive into this episode! 😃 International Cesarean Awareness Network: https://www.i…
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Grace: “'If you are COVID-positive as the mother, you are not allowed to do skin-to-skin, you are not allowed to breastfeed your baby, and you are only allowed to hold your baby two times a day for 15 minutes.'” Meagan: "That’s what they told you?" Grace: "That’s what they did. That was their policy." Today’s episode is a must-listen for everyone i…
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I’m rebranding the podcast! Changes will be rolling out over the next week or so but the new name of the podcast is Motherhood Flow. I’ve started to venture a bit into general motherhood topics in addition to pregnancy and birth and I want the podcast to be able to grow and evolve as I do. I’ll still be covering topics on pregnancy, birth, VBAC, an…
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In the first episode of The VBAC Junkie Podcast, I chatted with my good friend and fellow VBAC mom Hannah Gill who is a wife, mother of two, doula and birth educator, and owner of Ebb and Flow Birth Co. She has a passion for VBAC and helping families and doulas navigate VBAC with confidence. Hannah believes women deserve to be respected and support…
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“I think that’s why there is so much discussion about this because it is not the numbers. It is the attitudes. It’s the opinions. It’s just trying to make sure that you have an aligned vision with your provider and with your hospital.” One of the most important things you can do during pregnancy is to find a provider who loves and believes in VBAC.…
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In today's special episode, Gina and Roxanne from MamasteFit interview me on the MamasteFit Podcast! We dive into my birth stories and how doulas can support c-section and VBAC clients. Check out all things MamasteFit below: MamasteFit Podcast MamasteFit website MamasteFit Instagram (@mamastefit) Support the show Download the First 3 Steps to VBAC …
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Crystal Nightingale from The Mama Coach joined us a few months ago and is back again today diving deeper into postpartum and breastfeeding than we’ve ever gone before! Did you know that new research is showing that cold compresses are more effective in helping clogged ducts than warm compresses or showers? Crystal shares her valuable insight gained…
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🎙️ Welcome to the VBAC Junkie Podcast, hosted by me, Petra Cruz – a passionate birth doula and proud VBA3C mom. Join me on this powerful road where I open up about my personal cesarean experiences and my VBA3C journey, sharing the highs, lows, and everything in between. In each episode, incredible moms who've experienced a VBAC will sit down with m…
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Meagan finishes out this year of podcasting by answering some of your most common questions! Topics range from the time between births, gentle induction methods, gestational diabetes, “just-in-case” epidurals, home birth, tips for having a successful VBAC, and how to cope if you don’t get your VBAC. “Women of Strength, I just want to thank you so m…
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