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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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The VBAC Junkie Podcast

Petra Cruz

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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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“Let’s change the narrative.” From how to be an active participate in your care to how to help get your partner on board with your birth goals, Flor Cruz and Meagan talk about it all. Flor Cruz is the founder of BadassMotherBirther and a long-time friend of The VBAC Link. A two-time VBAC mom herself, Flor is passionate about equipping all moms with…
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In this episode, I speak with Mary Farrelly, a certified Level IV NICU nurse and trained doula, about the crucial topic of navigating the NICU. We dive into: What is the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit)? How common is it for a baby to need NICU support? Essential tips on how families can prepare for a NICU stay in advance (even for an unexpected…
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Plans in birth can change and that's okay, knowing what to expect, realizing you have options, and feeling confident in whatever decision you make is of utmost importance. I chatted with HeHe about all of these and she gave us her best tips for making sure your birth unfolds in a way that feels good to you. Some highlights from the episode: 🔥 What …
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“The 9 lb 2 oz baby that they said I could never push out and could never have had her vaginally– I ended up going on to have a 10 lb 10 oz baby girl.” Brittany first gave birth to twins via Cesarean at 34 weeks and 1 day. She didn’t get to meet her babies until 36 hours after delivery and they had to stay in the NICU for 10 days. While Brittany wa…
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Curious about some of those weird skin changes during pregnancy? Listen to today's episode as I briefly highlight a few pregnancy skin issues you may not know about. Cherry Angiomas Melasma (Mask of Pregnancy) Skin Tags PUPPP Rash vs. Pemphigoid Gestationis (PG) Eczema You probably aren't the only mom out there looking at your skin thinking, "What …
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Lynn Schulte, the founder of the Institute for Birth Healing, was featured on The VBAC Link Podcast Episode 123 back in 2020 and today she is back! So many of you loved her information about Cesarean scar massage and know her insight about pelvic assessment, movement restriction, and balancing uterine ligaments will be just as valuable to you. Lynn…
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“It was perfect. It really was. I would do it again and I would do it the exact same way. I felt safe and I felt respected and I felt like there was never a moment in it that I was scared.” Emmy’s first birth was a medicated hospital birth turned C-section after two hours of unsuccessful pushing. Her greatest trauma was being so out of it that her …
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“It was just such a redemptive, wonderful experience. I am so grateful to The VBAC Link for seeing me through it, for giving me the information, and just the inspiration to even take this on because if I had never found you, I don’t know for sure if I ever would have gone through with it. So, thank you so much for that.” Amanda’s episode will warm …
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“Trust your partner. Trust the mom. They know things better than you do.” Meagan’s husband, Ric, joins the podcast today as they celebrate their VBA2C baby’s 8th birthday! Ric gives the perspective from the partner’s side of things as they both share details of Webster’s birth story. He talks about some not-so-proud moments and is the first to admi…
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This episode goes back to the basics and is a great place to start on your VBAC journey! Julie joins Meagan today as they talk about many common questions beginning with reasons why providers tell women they can’t go for a VBAC. Topics today include: Nuchal cords Big babies Small pelvises Arrest of descent Third-trimester ultrasounds Cervical dilat…
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Upon arriving at the hospital during her first labor, Sami was told that her baby’s heart rate wasn’t stable, Pitocin was necessary, and a C-section was most likely going to be the safest mode of delivery. After laboring for a while, she was wheeled to the OR but the anesthesiologist was running behind schedule. Sami was checked and discovered she …
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So today we're going to be talking about a topic that I talked quite a bit about last month on my Instagram, but I recently archived the majority of my posts. So the post isn't there anymore, but I talked about it in my stories a little bit, and it's about how, you know, if you're done having kids, I feel like this is a question that So many of us …
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Every pregnancy and birth experience is different. That is true for everyone, but especially for Kristen. Kristen joins us from Provo, Utah, and shares her experiences with an initial vaginal birth, a diagnosis of omphacele with a Cesarean and infant loss with her second that left her with a special scar, an induced, medicated hospital VBAC with he…
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Julie Francom joins Meagan on the podcast to talk about checking the validity of the information you see surrounding VBAC. There is so much information out there and so much misinformation that we want to help you figure out what is actually evidence-based! Julie and Meagan draw on their personal experiences with making corrections to information t…
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“I did it. They said I couldn’t, but I did it.” When planning for her VBA3C, Shannon got just about as much kickback as someone can get. She was ambushed. She was coerced. She was given the scariest information. Shannon joins us from England today and talks about how each of her four births brought her to where she is today. By the time she was pre…
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Dr. Christina Pinnock is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist/Perinatologist based in California and creator of the ZerotoFour Podcast. She is here to help us tackle topics like what constitutes a high-risk pregnancy, lupus, preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, gestational diabetes, fibroids, and bicornuate uteruses and how they relate to VBAC. The overar…
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On today's episode, Morgan Martin tells us about her three different pregnancy and birth experiences and how each one transformed her life and helped her grow along the way. In this episode, we dive into the following: Morgan's miscarriage with her first pregnancy and the book that was born from that experience. Her unplanned c-section story. Prepa…
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Our friend, Kelsey, shares with us today what giving birth is like in Canada. From moving and traveling between provinces, Kelsey had experienced different models of care and when it came time to prepare for her VBAC, she was very proactive about choosing a birth environment where she felt safest. From a scary Cesarean under general anesthesia to a…
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The amazing Gina Conley from MamasteFit joins Meagan today to answer your questions all about perinatal fitness! Gina is a birth doula, perinatal fitness trainer, and founder of MamasteFit. ​​In partnership with her sister, Roxanne, who is a labor and delivery nurse and student-midwife, MamasteFit is a place for women to find education courses and …
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Aisha’s first baby was a scheduled Cesarean for a breech presentation during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though she was symptom-free, Aisha tested positive for COVID and was not able to be with her husband or her baby right after birth. Her surgery was routine and uneventful, but the isolation left her devastated. Aisha moved and was livin…
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Kristen joins us today to share her tough C-section and two beautiful VBAC stories! After a 41-week elective induction that turned into a C-section and a 2.5-week NICU stay due to meconium and heart decelerations, Kristen was very nervous about giving birth again. She found The VBAC Link Podcast and found hope. Through her VBAC research, she gained…
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Are you currently pregnant or recently postpartum? Are you questioning if you want to go back to work after maternity leave? Many of us have been there and it can be a hard decision to make for some women. If you are trying to figure out if being either a working mom, work from home mom, or stay at home mom is the best fit for your family, you'll w…
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Emily’s first birth experience was a home birth turned hospital transfer which ended in a C-section and then a birth center VBAC ending in hospital transfer and another C-section with her second. She found herself feeling alone, frustrated, and surrounded by people who just didn't get it as she worked to process the trauma and grief of not one but …
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As a doula and childbirth educator, my plan has been to have VBAC preparation courses for moms and VBAC training programs for doulas. BUT is a VBAC course really something women want or would other formats be more beneficial? Other options could be: Membership site 1:1 or group virtual doula support and VBAC education Patreon or premium podcast epi…
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Today’s episode is full of love. Meagan’s doula partner, Christin Carlson, joins as co-host today to hear their client, Janelle, share her beautiful VBAC story. Janelle’s first baby was determined to stay frank breech even after two ECV attempts. Her water broke on its own before her scheduled date. In prep for her surgery, Janelle unexpectedly exp…
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Can you imagine having a VBAC over 40 years ago?! Listen to this episode so you can hear Nancy's VBAC story and her experiences with grief and how she helps other's through it now! Some highlights from the episode: 🔥 Sticking to your desires even when hospital staff doesn't agree 🔥 How planning a VBAC can change you in more ways than you might imag…
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We can hardly believe that we have recorded 300 episodes! Meagan brings Julie on the podcast today to take a look back at how The VBAC Link Podcast started, the growth they have both experienced along the way and where they are now. Since 2018, we have shared laughter, tears, heartache, and joy through your stories. Thank you to all of our listener…
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Katie joins us today to tell us about her two birth experiences in Germany. Although she strongly advocated for herself during her first birth, Katie was extremely mistreated. Her labor and horrible C-section experience left her with intense PTSD straining her relationship with both her baby and her husband. Katie knew that if she wanted to have an…
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Many women question whether or not they REALLY need a doula in order to have a VBAC. There are several potential benefits to having a doula including: Decreased need for pain medication like epidurals. Decreased rate of induction of labor. Potential for shorter labor times. Decreased rate of c-section. Overall more positive birth experiences Even w…
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Jenny’s story is one of pure gratitude and joy. She is so grateful to be a mother, for the miracle of her pregnancies, for a breech baby who flipped late in her second pregnancy, for the chance to experience labor, and for a beautiful, successful VBAC. Jenny talks about all of the ways she prepped and how she even had to travel over a mountain pass…
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Macy’s first birth was a scheduled C-section due to breech presentation that required follow-up exploratory surgery due to an unknown cause of internal bleeding. Unfortunately, her surgeon had accidentally nicked an ab muscle. Macy’s recovery was very difficult. With her second, doctors were nervous about her chances of VBAC and would only let her …
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Maternal mental health is a crucial issue that deserves more attention than it currently receives. Here are the main takeaways from this episode 🔥 Understanding what Maternal Mental is 🔥 Recognizing the signs of mental health disorders 🔥 Places you can get help from 🔥 Why it's important to address this issue sooner rather than later Resources from …
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“Control what you can control.” Brooke’s birth experiences have not been without challenges. She first had an extremely difficult miscarriage during COVID followed by intense bleeding due to massive subchorionic hemorrhages during her other two pregnancies. Her first delivery was a very traumatic C-section from not being completely anesthetized. Af…
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Today’s episode has a wealth of information you won’t want to miss! Dr. Kendra Ohora is a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist and also a VBAC mom. From being told she would never have children to currently expecting her third baby boy, Kendra shares how prioritizing her mental health helped her through some really tough years. Kendra’s fi…
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Contemplating a homebirth after cesarean aka an HBAC? Check out this episode so you can get the perspective from a doula and HBAC mom herself Some highlights from the episode: 🔥 Recognizing where our birth fears stem from 🔥 6 tips to help you plan for your VBAC/HBAC 🔥 How your partner can feel more comfortable and confident with having an HBAC 🔥How…
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Meagan has a new co-host today! Rebecca, a pelvic floor physical therapist and a VBAC Link doula located in Georgia joins Meagan while our friend Hannah from North Carolina shares her birth stories. This episode stresses again the true importance of not just a supportive provider, but of a supportive practice including hospital policies, the team o…
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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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