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  1. Renea Pike
    January 10, 2013

    I am SO happy you got to deliver your baby how you wanted! That last picture of your boys is adorable!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Renea! I love that picture too!

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  2. Billie
    January 10, 2013

    Welcome to the world, Deacon “Monster Truck”! Squishy looks SO happy to be a big brother!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Billie! He is a great big brother!

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  3. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy
    January 10, 2013

    So sorry you had all the ups and downs but so happy that you got your VBAC!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Crystal. It was all worth it!

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  4. Tara @ MHA
    January 10, 2013

    I literally cried when I read this! What an incredible birth story. And a pretty awesome hubby to be puked on. With my last two labors I had to do the whole switching thing with oxygen, which made me feel like I was going to vomit. With Banana, I actually dry heaved which helped in the long run!

    Such a precious guy!

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    Emily Reply:

    Awe! Thank you Tara!! The only good thing that came out of it was moving baby down, sounds like Banana did the same! :)

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  5. Jenn @therebelchick
    January 10, 2013

    That is amazing! I am so happy that you were able to deliver and didn’t have to do the C Section! And sorry about the whole puking on your hubs…

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Jenn!

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  6. Meghan@jamonkey
    January 10, 2013

    My first had tons of merconium, I couldn’t have a water birth because of it.

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    Emily Reply:

    I do wonder what a water birth would be like… maybe next time!

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  7. Sara @ Mom Endeavors
    January 10, 2013

    Yay! I’m so glad to finally here the whole story and so happy for you! And, your husband seriously is a saint! I would have died! :) I guess he got a good prize at the end though!! ;)

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Sara! I pretty much did die, I still feel like I owe him! :)

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  8. Sara @ Mom Endeavors
    January 10, 2013

    Gah…hear not here! ;)

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    Emily Reply:

    :)

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  9. Alison @ racingtales
    January 10, 2013

    Amazing, beautiful birth story! I, too, had a VBAC with son #2 (son #1 was breech) and went through some similar issues regards hoping NOT to end up with another C-section. My contractions progressed slowly but surely until 9cm when they stopped completely. Frantic, I got up and started walking around the hospital floor (no epidural, obviously!) and visualizing a lot of opening! Still, it took 3.5 hours to push him out, becuase my contractions completely stopped when I reached 10cm! I’m so happy you got your VBAC. A lot of people (including my husband) don’t realize how much it means to be able to deliver naturally!

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    Emily Reply:

    WOW!! That is an amazing story and testament to your strength! I am glad you got yours as well!

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  10. Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    January 11, 2013

    Aw mama, wow what an amazing story! I’m so glad you got to have you vbac and you are both healthy and doing well.

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Kelly! Thank you for reading it.

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  11. amber whitehead
    January 11, 2013

    Great birth story , so happy that you got your VBAC as wanted and that sweet little baby is totally perfect. I smile every time you share a photo with us.

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    Emily Reply:

    Awe! Thanks Amber! I do share a lot! LOL!

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  12. Kathleen
    January 11, 2013

    You did fantastic and he is so beautiful!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Kathleen!

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  13. Jennifer The Quirky Momma
    January 11, 2013

    These amazing little people take a lot of work, don’t they? Congratulations on a job well done, momma! He’s gorgeous!

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    Emily Reply:

    They sure do! And they are totally amazing!

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  14. Colleen
    January 12, 2013

    Great story and my son weighed the same. With my oldest son there was also meconium

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Colleen!

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  15. Darcy
    January 13, 2013

    What an eventful labor and delivery. So glad you got your VBAC and he is healthy. I can’t believe that nurse kept trying to make you stay on your back.. that’s the worst position for labor!

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Darcy! I know, I wasn’t happy about it, but glad it all worked out!

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  16. Sheri
    January 13, 2013

    What a great birth story! He is beautiful.

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    Emily Reply:

    Thank you Sheri!

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  17. Tricia Nightowlmama
    January 13, 2013

    beautiful. I really wished you warned me about the puking on your husband part cause I bust out laughing when I read that. so happy for you that you finally had your baby and he’s just beautiful. U have a beautiful family.

    Congratulations mama.

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  18. Shell Fruscione
    January 13, 2013

    I’m so happy for you that you got your VBAC! He’s so perfect!

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  19. Toni
    January 19, 2013

    What a beautiful story. I am crying because of how beautiful it is but I have to admit to busting out laughing at your husbands misfortune of being vomited on LOL

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    Emily Reply:

    Thanks Toni! I felt SO bad, but we are laughing about it now… :)

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    March 21, 2013

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    April 17, 2013

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    May 8, 2013

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  23. Stephanie
    June 27, 2013

    I just read your story for the first time, and I cried. This is what I want with my next child. I have no doctors near me that are willing to support me, however. How did you go about finding a doctor that supported you? My c-section was due to my daughter being breech, I labored just fine, made it to 10cm on my own and they were going to deliver her, but she was bottom first, not feet first, so she got stuck. So my Ob said I’m a perfect candidate for a vbac, but our hospital won’t let him

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    Emily Reply:

    Stephanie! Wow! You certainly would be a great candidate for a VBAC. Have you thought about reaching out the midwives in your area and seeing if they have any recommendations? I found my Improving Birth group via FB (or the area that is closest to you) and asked there too. My Dr. is a bit of a VBAC celebrity around here. I hope you find one. You could also reach out to Birth Without Fear and see if she has any suggestions? Good Luck and thank you for your comment! I hope you get the birth you want!

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  24. Michaela
    January 15, 2014

    OMG I love birth stories and yours is just beautiful. I’m so happy you had such an awesome OB who let you labor and deliver your baby!

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  25. guestguest
    March 4, 2014

    You seem like a reasonable woman who made down-to-earth kind of choices of care providers and safety protocols to follow when bringing your child into this world. That is a hard choice to make these days with so much pressure and scorn from parents who insist on different choices.

    Please help spread the word of how this Las Vegas family’s trust was betrayed by an underqualified *alegal* midwife and how they lost their baby because in a medical emergency she crowd sources quack advice on a facebook page and a baby died because of that :

    http://www.skepticalob.com/2014/02/in-memory-of-a-baby-boy-who-did-not-have-to-die.html

    Thank you.

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  26. Beth P.
    May 31, 2014

    I’d like to win one for the summertime for my kids.

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