Jack’s Homebirth – VBAC after Special Scar

Jack's Homebirth

On the third anniversary of my son Jack’s birth I decided to share some photos. I have yet to fully finish writing down his birth story in detail, but these photos say a lot. They also give an idea of what a homebirth can be like. Buddha Belly Birth doulas support families in any location they choose to give birth whether it’s at home, a birth center or at the hospital. We give unconditional and non-judgemental support to all of our clients.

I was told that I would not ever be able to have a vaginal birth due to my first son’s birth outcome, emergency cesarean with a special scar (unusual incision on my uterus.) I was told that I shouldn’t even go to to full-term and should only have cesareans before 37 weeks gestation if I ever wanted to have more children. After doing my own research, education, healing and preparation I gave birth vaginally to a healthy baby boy at home, under the supervision of a licensed homebirth midwife. This is called a VBAC or HBAC (vaginal ‘home’birth after cesarean.) It was not an easy journey but it was a triumphant, glorious and amazing experience. Here are some of the photos:


Contractions started early in the morning.


Home birth


Our birth team: midwife, birth assistant and doula arrived to provide care.


midwife provides care

doula timing contractions


I needed and wanted my husband with me during every contraction. He held me, supported me, and

comforted me for 12+ hours while I moved around and got into whatever position felt right.




Our dog, Nikita, was nearby the entire time. When contractions got harder she was more and more concerned.

I was kind of annoyed by her at the time because she made a lot of noise, but she really just didn’t want to miss anything important.


homebirth witness


It was nice being at home, relaxed and able to do whatever I wanted
like update my friends from the Special Scars group that I was in labor!)
They had been waiting for this news and I couldn’t bear to keep it from them.


homebirth early labor


Contractions continued to get stronger throughout the day and I finally decided to get in the birth tub

after the insistence of my birth team. Why had I not gotten in it sooner?


water birth
homebirth story


The birth tub helped ease the pain to a large degree. It was still hard work coping with each contraction but there
was always a break in between and enough time to rest and prepare for the next one.


active labor


Sometimes I got out of the tub to go to use the bathroom. Moving around like that made the contractions stronger.


husband support at homebirth


Giving birth at home means you can eat or drink whenever you want. Even though I didn’t always want to,
my doula ensured that I stayed hydrated and snacked on nutritious food. She took great care of me
throughout the entire process and I felt secure, and calm knowing she was there for me.


Eating in Labor
doula support

doula support


Heart tones were monitored often.


midwife monitoring


The urge to push was growing. After some time of deliberating should I or shouldn’t I, I finally decided to let the

midwife break my bag of waters to help speed things along. The next contraction came so quickly while I was in an

uncomfortable position so it was even more intense. It took me everything I had to get through it.

Mike’s sweet words to me helped me carry on and brought me to tears.


birth transition


After that the urge to push was much stronger.

And about three hours later he was born!

“I just pushed a baby out of my vagina!”
Said many more times again.
Look at all of that vernix.




Hello, my darling boy.


baby born at home




Dad holding baby for the first time


And there we were back in our bed, snuggling and cozy right after birth.




weighing the baby


The placenta –  What an amazing organ that connects mother to baby for 9 months bringing nourishment and life!


placenta homebirth


Big Brother Shane got to meet his new little brother!


big brother meets his new little brother


An incredibly healing and beautiful experience from beginning to end.

April 15th, 2012, Jack King Rinder entered our lives and has been making everyday since a total joy.


Jack's homebirth

About Christie Collbran

Christie believes in helping women recognize their own inner wisdom, strength and power. Having served as President of the Tampa Bay Birth Network for six years and with ten years serving families as a birth doula, she has a reputation for leadership, dedication and compassion. A childbirth educator, certified lactation counselor as well as a certified doula, she makes a point of ensuring mothers and their partners understand all their birthing options and what to expect on their journey.> keep reading

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