VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN SECTION (VBAC)
Cathy Armstrong RN, LPC-S been counseling women for over 25 years that have given birth by C-Section and are in hopes of delivering vaginally with their next birth.
Women benefit from counseling after a C-Section preparing emotionally. psychologically . and spiritually, when planning future pregnancies and hoping for a VBAC.
Acknowledging the impact of an unplanned C-Section can be not only a traumatic event but some women hide their disappointment in unprocessed shame, anger, resentment, confusion, and have an "empty feeling " inside, a sense of failure, loss, disappointment , and inner conflict.
Added shame sometimes occurs because the mothers' feelings are ignored, discounted. or intensified by well meaning, medical personal, doctors, doulas, childbirth educators, and families... with statements like, "You should be happy...you have a perfectly healthy baby..."
Women need to have a voice, be heard, and respected as they process their feelings about Their Birth Story!
! Your feelings are yours and you have a right to them.
Being able to work though these feelings (feeling cheated, feeling the unfairness, comparing birth stories with others, feeling ashamed, unworthy, like a failure, etc.) Telling your STORY can be healing.
This work creates a safe and sacred space for those women to tell their story, move forward, and experience all the joys of motherhood in her rite of passage as a Mother!
Women that give birth by C-Section undergo Major Surgery may experience a wide range of feelings. Yes, there are many women that feel happy, relieved, and grateful to have a healthy baby...however not all women feel that way! Some women experience great fear and even trauma about complications in labor that led to an emergency C-Section and need to talk openly and without being "judged" as she replays the fears of dying, the fears that her child might have problems with mental and physical challenges as she is quickly prepared for surgery and will be moved to an operating room.
The new mother may have difficulty bonding with her new baby as she is still processing what just happened.
Yes, even with the birth of a healthy baby by C-Section some women struggle with the trauma of labor, the trauma of surgery, the pain associated with recovery and limitations created from having major surgery. We need to Normalize these feelings experienced by many women!
Help isavailable! Call Cathy Armstrong, RN, LPC-S (361) 688-8200