Yesterday I attended a workshop concerning the particular needs of moms who are attempting vaginal birth after cesarean. Most doctors won't even attempt a VBAC and some midwives won't either. But besides finding a care provider who will be supportive of her decision, a mother choosing VBAC will need distinctive care.
Jessica Atkins taught the workshop at Centre Vida, a birth center in south Austin. There were 12 doulas in attendance.
As I am at almost every workshop I attend, I was reminded that the role of a doula is not to fix things or to make lots of suggestions or to use the newest techniques I've learned, but to listen and to support the mother as best I can. That support will look different based on the client, so it is important that I am listening to her and learning to recognize her needs.
This is a great piece that Jessica shared with the attendees: