My doula group is hosting a conference on March 29 here in Pittsburgh and I'm going to be on the VBAC panel! So, I have about 6 weeks to come to terms with my fear of public speaking. And, of course, being a doula, I will be talking about the importance of having a doula when going for a vbac. Personally, I didn't use a doula and looking back I'm not sure that anything would've been all that different if I had. Of course my midwife has a doula's heart and did not leave my side once we were in the hospital.
But was the support vital, regardless of the job title? You betcha. And without the VBAC prep class that was taught by Jan Mallak, who is the owner and coordinator of Heart and Hands, I'm not sure the prep work and healing would've been as established for me by the "big day."
So any VBAC moms who may be reading this -- please feel free to talk about what sort of emotional or physical preparations you did for your VBAC and the sort of support you found important! I'd love your input.
And if anyone has anything more helpful than, "Picture everyone in the crowd in their underwear," I'd love public speaking tips too!!!