A couple months ago, a dear friend of mine linked me to this post, entitled “Cesarean Courage.” It really resonated me with me for so many reasons. When I was planning our HBAC attempt (and now planning our V/HBA2C for the future), people would often casually remark on how brave I was to be planning not only a VBAC, but an HBAC. I never felt particularly brave–I knew the facts, the statistics, the reasons why a VBAC was safest for me and my baby. Now, having had 2 cesareans and working towards a VBA2C, I must say I do feel like I am courageous. But not courageous for planning a vaginal birth after having had two cesareans. It takes a lot of courage, for me, to plan another vaginal birth knowing that I might have another cesarean. People may not realize it, but when they tell me “You’re so brave” now, I silently agree with them for reasons they probably don’t understand. And I see courage in every one of my ICAN sisters who are traveling, or have traveled, this same road with me.
What about you? Have you or do you feel courageous on your journey to VBAC?