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FC: Mama is having a VBAC

1: Written by Sarah Boye Illustrated by Keely Willoughby

2: Hi! I’m Vala! My mama is pregnant and that means I’m going to be a big sister! I'm going to tell you all about how the new baby will be born! | (picture of Vala with pregnant me)

3: Mama wants to have a VBAC. VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. | (Picture of Vala with speech bubble yelling “VEE-BACK!”)

4: Sometimes, even when Mama and baby do everything right things can happen during birth and babies need to have a doctor take them out of their mamas by cesarean section. My mama loves me so much that she was willing to have surgery for me to be born! She said it was very hard and hurt a lot, but that I was worth it all. | (Picture of me laying on operating table with drape blocking from chest down and doctor in scrubs holding a bundled baby near my face.)

5: Mama and Daddy thought really hard about how they wanted to have the next baby be born. The baby could be born by cesarean section like I was, it could born by a VBAC in a hospital or a VBAC at home. Mama decided she wants to have the baby naturally and that means the baby will come out of her all on its own. | (picture of pregnant me with inner view to baby in utero, Nathan and Vala touching belly from the outside.)

6: This is where our baby is going to be born- in our house! Babies can be born in all sorts of places. At home, in a birth center or in a hospital. I was born in the hospital, but the new baby will be born at home. Even though our births are different, Mama and Daddy still love us both just as much! | (picture of a house)

7: This is the midwife and this is the doula. They are going to help Mama when she gives birth to the baby. They are trained to help Mama and Daddy in all sorts of ways during the birth of the baby and afterward. | (picture of a midwife and doula.)

8: We visited the midwife a lot while mama was pregnant. I got to hear the baby's heartbeat with the doppler and the midwife taught me how to feel the different parts of the baby inside Mama. | (Picture of midwife's office with me laying on the exam bed and midwife helping Vala hold a doppler.)

9: I talk to the baby all the time and love to give Mama's belly kisses! It makes me feel like I already know my little brother or sister! | (Vala kissing pregnant belly)

10: Mama went into labor before I went to bed and when I woke up, she was in the birth pool. She made lots of funny noises. I was worried about Mama because sometimes it sounded like she hurt, but the doula said that it was good pain and it was helping the baby come out. | (picture of me leaning forward against birth pool, laboring.)

11: Daddy and the doula helped Mama by rubbing her back and talking to her. I helped too! Then, Mama said she felt like pushing. After a little while I saw the baby’s head come out! | (Vala looking into the birth pool curiously, daddy on one side holding hand doula on the other rubbing back)

12: After the baby’s head came out, the midwife checked to make sure everything was ok. Mama pushed again and Daddy caught the baby! He gave the baby to Mama and we all smiled! | (Nathan holding new baby announcing “It’s a boy!”)

13: The baby was all slimy and looked kind of funny. He cried a little bit. It must be hard being born! Mama started nursing the baby and I wanted to nurse too so I got in the pool with Mama and the new baby. | (Me nursing the new baby partially covered in a blanket and Vala in her pjs on the other side in the birth pool )

14: Then Mama had to deliver the placenta. She said having us nurse while she pushed it out helped her. I like helping Mama! The placenta is what fed the baby while he was in Mama. It looked even funnier than my new brother! | (Non-scary picture of the placenta. maybe in a bowl? Kind of heart shaped?)

15: The midwife helped clean the baby off and weighed him while the doula helped Mama get out of the pool and get dressed. | (Midwife weighing baby with a fish scale.)

16: I gave my new baby brother a hug and the doula took our picture. I love my brother and I'm so happy Mama got to have a VBAC! | (Me, Nathan, Vala and new baby (and maybe a cat) all in bed posed for a family picture. This would be the last two pages in the book)

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