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Christine Tayor: VBAC Hopeful

You may know of Christine Taylor from her well-publicized two-day stint in an Iowa jail for allegedly attempting feticide. What you may not know is that, in spite of all of this turmoil and stress, she’s planning a VBAC.

Here’s the backstory, according to change.org:

Life can’t get much worse for Christine Taylor. Last month, after an upsetting phone conversation with her estranged husband, Ms. Taylor became light-headed and fell down a flight of stairs in her home. Paramedics rushed to the scene and ultimately declared her healthy. However, since she was pregnant with her third child at the time, Taylor thought it would be best to be seen at the local ER to make sure her fetus was unharmed.

That’s when things got really bad and really crazy. Alone, distraught, and frightened, Taylor confided in the nurse treating her that she hadn’t always been sure she’d wanted this baby, now that she was single and unemployed. She’d considered both adoption and abortion before ultimately deciding to keep the child. The nurse then summoned a doctor, who questioned her further about her thoughts on ending the pregnancy. Next thing Taylor knew, she was being arrested for attempted feticide. Apparently the nurse and doctor thought that Taylor threw herself down the stairs on purpose.

The charges were ultimately dropped, but that’s not all Christine has been dealing with, according to a website called Help Christine Taylor, created by her doula Monica Brasile:

But Christine is under an enormous amount of stress, with no real support network. Her apartment was robbed shortly after she was released from jail, and her tax return was stolen. That money was to go directly toward housing, transportation, child care, and other necessary expenses associated with the birth of her third child.

Amidst all of this, Christine is hoping for a VBAC. If you are interested in more information about how to help support Christine, please visit her support website (above).