Averly’s Birth

Averly JoAnne Van Vleet was born on February 20th, 2011 at 3:56pm. She shares a birthday with her Great-Grandma Margaret. She weighed 6lbs, 14oz.

Averly JoAnne Van Vleet

I had a successful vaginal delivery after two cesareans. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t cheap. It took a lot of planning, and going the extra mile. I wanted it to happen, so I did everything I could to make sure it happened. And it did. My hard work paid off, and she came into the world without the use of scalpels, and without having to be gutted and turned inside out.

She was born on her own time, 100% naturally. No inductions. No pain medications. Just me, my baby, my body. If you want to read her birth story, you can find it here.

When I found out I was pregnant in June of 2010, I knew the birth wasn’t going to be typical. I knew right off the bat that I needed to start planning, and start researching. I had two prior cesareans, one in 2007 and one in 2009; both of which were not truly medically necessary …” READ MORE….

Ava’s birth was amazing. I don’t think I have ever felt so empowered, or so accomplished as when I gave birth to her. For the last few years, all I had had heard was “You can’t, ” “It’s too dangerous,” “You’re crazy,” “It will never happen,” “You’re wasting your time,” “Yeah right,” and “Just have another c-section.” There weren’t many people who believed in me, and there weren’t many people who supported me. My husband and a few close friends were the only cheerleaders on my team. My family took a neutral stance, and most everyone else had something negative to say.

But…

I did it.

I did something amazing. I achieved the “impossible” and I didn’t let them get to me. I’d be lying if I said their comments didn’t hurt, or if at times I didn’t wonder if maybe I really was crazy or if things would turn out horribly and it would be my fault… I had that paranoia. That fear.

But I kept on. I stuck with the facts and kept the statistics in mind. I wasn’t going to let them get to me. I read everything I could get my hands on, and I avoided people who had nothing but mean things to say to me. And it paid off.

I did it.

Comments
5 Responses to “Averly’s Birth”
  1. atyourcervix says:

    Congratulations on your sweet Averly and your wonderful VBA2C!!! xoxo

  2. Roe says:

    Congratulations!

    I loved your story! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Mama E says:

    I LOVED your birth story! I’m about to TTC #2 and am hoping for a VBAC. I loved how honest and detailed your story was. It really made me feel like I was there! Probably one of the best personal accounts I’ve read. Thanks for sharing!

    • Samanthavv says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I know how much I loved reading stories about VBAC’s when I was planning mine…

      What’s funny, is that part of me didn’t think I could do it. Deep down, I felt like I would fail, but I had to at least try.

  4. 4daughters says:

    Congratulations on your new baby and your VBA2C!

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