Podcast Episode #189

VBAC birth story with mother of 2 [Spilling the Milk with Demi Charalambous]

In this podcast episode, Demi the Baby Physio, shares her inspiring birth story as a mum of two, delving into the highlights of her journey, touching upon the challenges of her second pregnancy, the decision to attempt a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean), and the incredible moments during labour and delivery.

The Second Pregnancy: Navigating Toddlerhood and Nausea

Demi’s second pregnancy brought its own set of challenges, especially with an active toddler in tow. We explored Demi’s experiences of managing daily activities with a little one and coping with the unavoidable nausea that often accompanies pregnancy. The discussion also sheds light on Demi’s struggle with pelvic girdle pain and how she navigated through these physical challenges.

Choosing a Different Path: The VBAC Decision

One of the central themes of Demi’s birth story is her decision to attempt a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) for her second child. We talked about the factors that influenced this decision, the meticulous research Demi undertook, and the support she received from her healthcare team. It emphasises the significance of informed choices in the birthing process.

Labouring Through: Techniques and Mindset

As Demi enters the early stages of labour, it unveils the intricate details of her mindset and preparation. It highlights the techniques Demi employed to navigate the initial challenges of labour and the crucial support she received from her midwife during this phase.

The Intense Moments: Shower, Dehydration, and Waiting

We also recounted the intensity of Demi’s birthing experience. From seeking relief in a shower to the challenges of dehydration, Demi candidly shares her struggles. The narrative unfolds as Demi anxiously awaits the obstetrician, and frustration sets in upon learning about the slow progression of dilation.

From Exhaustion to Empowerment: Choosing an Epidural

As labour progresses, Demi faces exhaustion, leading to a pivotal decision – opting for an epidural. We talked about her reflections on this choice, providing insights into the emotional and physical toll of the birthing process.

Pushing Through: Visualisation and Support

Demi’s journey through the pushing phase is detailed, showcasing her visualisation techniques and the unwavering support she receives from her husband and midwife. The narrative captures the surreal and empowering moments leading to the successful birth of her baby.

Reflections on Recovery: A Tale of Two Births

Demi’s postpartum reflections become a focal point, comparing the recovery experiences between her cesarean and vaginal births. It emphasises the importance of seeking women’s health checks and acknowledges the profound impact of the birthing team on the overall experience.

Sibling Love: Harry’s Positive Adjustment

Demi also shares how her older child, Harry, adjusts positively to having a new sibling. Demi reflects on her improved adaptation to the challenges of the newborn phase with her second child.

Demi’s birth story shows the strength and resilience of mothers. Through the highs and lows, challenges and triumphs, Demi’s narrative provides a glimpse into the diverse and profound experiences that come with motherhood. Each birth story is a unique journey, and Demi’s is a source of inspiration for mothers navigating the beautiful complexities of bringing new life into the world.

** This podcast has general information only. Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health or medical condition.

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Previous episode with Demi [Preventing Flat Head Syndrome in Babies]: https://www.fitnestmama.com/podcast/preventing-and-managing-flat-head-syndrome-in-babies-with-the-baby-physio-demi/

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