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I chose a midwife and homebirth.

After having a c-section with my first, I wanted a VBAC with number 2. I did lots of research and found that a lot of the interventions carried out during my first labor and delivery may have caused the need for the c-section and that the best way to ensure a safe and natural birth was to avoid all that. It was clear that my OB at the time was not willing to go without many of those interventions. I looked into birth centers. They would not accept VBAC clients. I then found a Certified Nurse Midwife that attended home births. I knew, after more research, that this was the safest option for me and my baby and transferred my care to her. I immediately felt a higher level of care than I ever had with an OB and would make this decision over again a million times. I had a home water birth in May of 2009 and believe it or not, it was LESS painful than the hospital birth I had in 2006 with and epidural. It was a peaceful, wonderful, beautiful experience and I can't wait until my newest bundle of joy enters the world the same way next month...October 2012! I love my midwife!

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