Vba2cIt was actually a VBA2C--a vaginal birth after 2 caesarian sections.
My first pregnancy, I was induced due to preeclampsia (serious enough preeclampsia that I was having difficulties with my vision). I labored for eight hours before a doctor came in and found I had not dialated at all, and she was wise enough to guess that it was because the baby was breech.
Breech baby in a hospital means automatic c-section.
Baby number two, my water broke a month early. She was another who was trying to walk out into the world, and so my dreams of a VBAC evaporated.
When baby #2 was a year old, I conceived again. I wanted a normal birth. A c-section is sometimes lifesaving, but it is not normal. By definition.
People thought I was nuts. I had not only people coming out and telling me I was crazy, but the more backhanded stuff of some c-section mamas talking about how glad they were to have avoided "vaginal trauma" they were certain came with a normal birth.
But I knew the way God made us to have babies is the right way.
And so I had my baby vaginally, thanks in part to the wonderful staff at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu. I want to call them out because it is so hard to find VBAC-friendly hospitals. They were great with me. My labor took forty hours and in the end had to be augmented with Pitocin. I had an intravenous narcotic, but not an epidural. Hurt like hell, and I wound up with vaginal trauma indeed (two tears, one of which required stitches), but it was worth it.