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Lindsey's Journey to a VBAC

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Congratulations, Lindsey!

This video is lovely. Naturally, I honed in on how Lindsey’s doctors told her after her unnecesarean that her 8 pound, 12 ounce baby was too big for her and that all future babies would need to be born by cesarean. You know, except for the nine pound baby that she pushed out in her backyard jacuzzi under the stars this summer. All babies EXCEPT that one, okay? How ya’ like them apples?

After you watch the video of Lindsey’s journey, check out her web sites:

OC Midwifery

OC Doulas


My Journey to a VBAC from Lindsey Meehleis on Vimeo.


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    Here's a story that is so much more than a VBAC. It's also the birth of a midwife, born to her calling as a result of a cesarean - an MBAC, perhaps.

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Absolutely magnificent!! Beautifully presented, heartwarming, and filled with encouraging, positive birth messages.

Many, many Congratulations to you, Lindsey!

Proud to be a birth worker,
Melanie Kissell, CCE/CLC

October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie Kissell

... but what I really want to know: did her sister have a natural at-home birth, too?!!?

That was amazing! I'm going to link this in my next journal entry's LOtD.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Absolutely beautiful! Had me tearing up!

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

The video is great.Her journey is really motivating.Thanks for sharing this link.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterhuile essentielle

Thank you all for such kind words! :)
And YES, my sister did have a home waterbirth with her son too!
She had him on my guess date & I had River on her guess date! Go figure! :)

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey


October 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichele

I never tire of watching these!!!! LOVE IT. :-)

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBuscando la Luz

Oh.. crying... sheer beauty. I don't think anyone who hasn't had a VBAC can understand how that moment is monumentously joyful/powerful/life-altering. To push a baby through your vagina when a doctor told you that you never could, and having been on the business end of a scalpel for one birth, and experiencing the complete opposite for the next birth... well... it's just too incredibly important. This is the feeling I try to explain to all our ICAN moms. You can do it, and when you do, it will be the most important thing you've ever done in your life.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheFeministBreeder

I am completely blown away by this woman. Such an incredible story. She is already walking the path I am only barely beginning to follow, despite being 10 years (or so) younger, at least with regard to her "calling" as a doula, LC, and eventual midwife. I was lucky to have dodged a c-section with my first birth, but for her, it seems like it was - however traumatic and unnecessary - a catalyst that set her on this incredible path. I wonder if she sees it this way - that without the c-section, she might not have discovered her passion and her true vocation?

Major kudos to you, Lindsey. You're a hero and a role model and an inspiration.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDou-la-la

By the way, Lindsay, if you read this... what was the scar on your belly from? That looks way to high to be the c/s scar or an appendectomy. Some of us are super curious as to what that could be from.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTheFeministBreeder
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