I was recently hired by clients for a VBAC. It will be my first! I am excited and of course want to do an excellent job for them. It is also a planned HBAC. I feel confident in my doula skills generally (while I am a relatively "new" doula), but I just want to make sure I am covering my all my bases, and I'm wondering how "different" of a birth this will be. I know each and every birth is so very different in general, and I've been involved in births where transfers took place and I have attended cesarean births, so I am fully comfortable with those turn of events, but again I'm just wondering if there is anything in particular I need to do to prepare for this birth, and of course how I can most effectively help this mother prior to labor and during the birth. The cesarean was performed about 4 years ago and the mother told me it took place after 2 hours of pushing. I also know that the mother and father feel this was an un-necessary cesarean. Anyway, if anyone has any specific advice to share with me or resources (i.e. sections of particular books or articles or links) I would be very appreciative! I am part of the local ICAN list-serve in my area so I have been educating myself that way, but I don't feel it is an appropriate place for me to ask these questions. Thanks!
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3/5/10 at 1:43am