Fraser Valley Birth


Fraser Valley Birth

This is a group for those in the Birth profession, doctors, midwives, doulas etc.. living in the Fraser Valley BC. Even those just passionate about birth, but livin around here are welcome as well :)

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Comment by Jamie Bond on September 13, 2009 at 9:51pm
Awesome! I was recently with a woman at her v-bac and there were some things that took us by surprise. No one had told her beforehand that she would be unable to eat once she was at the hospital. Had we known that we would have headed out later than we did. I know that you're a fair distance from that hospital, but you should check with your midwife about the vbac-eating policy. Also, at the hospital she was at they wanted to prep her by putting the IV catheter in her arm when she was admitted to the hospital just to be prepared in case something did go wrong and they needed her hooked up asap. She declined the iv and as it turned out she didn't need it. She delivered her lovely baby girl into the hands of an awesome doctor who totally trusted the process while a very anxious ob watched on from behind wondering how on earth mom was going to do this without the her help ;P

Her and I both agree though, that her labour would have been easier and shorter if she'd been able to eat.
Comment by Bonnie P on September 13, 2009 at 9:10pm
Just an update: we moved to Princeton in December and were planning to go back home and stay with my parents (in their suite) for a week or 2 before the baby arrived and then go to ARHCC to deliver. But after thinking more about it, we're going to stay in Princeton and travel to Penticton once labour starts (1.5 hours away) to have the baby instead of "going home" to Mission. We've found an incredible midwife out there who is 100% supportive of my desire to have a vbac!
Thanks to everyone for all your support so far!
Comment by Jamie Bond on September 7, 2009 at 8:00pm
I'm hoping for the best for you. Please let us know what they say. If she doesn't work out, there are plenty of midwives in that area. Let me know if you want some names and I will send them to you. Some good resources are and
Comment by Bonnie P on September 6, 2009 at 8:09pm
So we found out we're expecting baby #2! Go see the midwife on the 10th, so we'll see what she thinks about 19.5 months between the 2 babies for a vbac.
Comment by Jamie Bond on June 24, 2009 at 8:26am
Good for you. If we "Best Birthers" believe anything, it's that your birth belongs to you! Keep us updated.
Comment by Bonnie P on June 23, 2009 at 10:49pm
I called the Midwifery group today and talked to the receptionist who passed my question along to one of the midwives and then called me back. I was a bit disappointed that I wasn't able to speak directly with one of the midwives, but I guess they're pretty busy. So anyway, the receptionist called me back and said that they would prefer if there was a spacing of 24 months between births, but also that every woman and circumstance is different. So all in all, a pretty vague answer! After talking to my husband, we've decided to not "try" to conceive just yet, but not use any birth control either and what ever happens, happens. I'm confident in my ability to have a successful VBAC even if we are to get pregnant right away and I'll just have to find someone who shares this outlook if need be. I WILL NOT go in for a scheduled cesarian under any circumstances!
Thanks for listening!
Comment by Jamie Bond on June 22, 2009 at 8:14pm
Sounds good! Look forward to hearing what she says.
Comment by Bonnie P on June 22, 2009 at 4:28pm
Elizabeth and Jamie, thank you for your comments and input. I've found a midwife in Abbotsford, Kim Campbell, that I'm going to try and talk to. I've heard good things about her through word of mouth. If she won't provide the kind of care for me that I want until 24 months have past between deliveries, we have decided to wait. At this point, I'm not comfortable with having an unassisted birth, especially since I've never birthed vaginally before. I have no doubts that I could do it, but it would cause me a lot of anxiety, which is what I want to avoid! I'll make another post once I've talked to the midwife and let you both know what the scoop is!
Comment by Jamie Bond on June 12, 2009 at 12:09pm
I believe that the standard time between a c section and being allowed to try for a v-bac is 18months-2 years. You would have to consult your care provider about it, but I think the times are pretty standard. I was just a doula for a woman having a v-bac and learned a lot about it. I'm not sure about midwives in that area, but you should check out the webpage it's the bc college of midwives. The have a find a midwife option on there. Also, the doctors that she had at the Abbotsford hospital were very respectful of her wishes, even though they weren't how the doctors would have liked to do her birth.
Comment by Bonnie P on June 12, 2009 at 9:59am
I'm looking for an experienced midwife in the Mission/Abbotsford area for when I become pregnant next. I have a specific question right now, before I become pregnant, which is: can I still have a VBAC if my two births are less than 2 years apart? My son is 9 mhts now and we're thinking of trying for our second soon, but I'd want to wait if a VBAC is not an option.

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