My Successful Homebirth after Five Cesareans
by Julie Ewbank

[Editor’s note: This is an excerpt of an article which appears in Midwifery Today, Issue 107, Autumn 2013. View other great articles and columns in the table of contents. To read the rest of this article, order your copy of Midwifery Today, Issue 107.]

When I found out I was pregnant with our seventh child, I had to find a new doctor. The doctor who delivered our sixth baby by cesarean had suffered a stroke and could no longer practice medicine. A friend recommended a family doctor whose office was an hour away.

At my first appointment, this doctor made it known that he was surprised I’d had five previous cesareans. He informed me that this pregnancy should be my last because of the high risk of having repeated surgeries. Needless to say we didn’t start out on a good foot. After that visit I dreaded driving an hour to the appointment just to be seen for 5 or 10 minutes and then have to drive another hour home.

Around this same time, my husband, Dax, and I had become friends with a family who had had several of their children at home. During one of our visits we were talking about homebirths and I mentioned that I would love to have a baby at home but that it wasn’t possible for me anymore because I had to have c-sections. My friend, Wendy, told me about a magazine called Above Rubies that publishes all kinds of VBAC testimonies. She encouraged me to read the stories and not give up on having a homebirth. A few weeks later I decided to check out this magazine. I subscribed to their e-mail feed and in one of the e-mails they asked if anyone wanted back issues of their magazines. I replied asking for any issues they had that talked about VBACs. A few weeks later I received the magazines and started reading all of the wonderful stories. After reading and praying, I had made my decision to have a homebirth after five cesareans!

Julie Ewbank is a homeschooling mother of seven. Her youngest, Cora, was born at home after five previous cesareans. Julie, her husband and their children live in Forest Park, Oklahoma.

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