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Kate Winslet discusses her “triumphant” VBAC

by May 11, 2008Birth stories, Hospital birth, VBAC3 comments

The March 2004 issue of Gotham Magazine contained a great interview with Kate Winslet where she discusses the births of her two children: one an emergency cesarean and the other a VBAC.  It goes to show what incredible healing can occur for some women when they VBAC.

G: So, did vou do the delivery au naturel or did vou get the drugs?

KW: Well, here’s the tiling. I’ve never talked about this. I’ve actually gone to great pains to cover it up. But Mia was an emergency C-section. I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure. My whole life, I’d been told I had great childbearing hips. There’s this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbirth, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like, in some way that I couldn’t join that “powerful women’s club.” So it was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally, vaginally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. I honestly thought I’d never be able to do it. It was an incredible birth. It laid all the ghosts to rest. It was really triumphant.

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  1. I was fortunate not to have a c-section. I was told that with my twins that I would most likely. Their reasoning is twins it was safer with twins, I was pre-term. A laundry list. I had my previous 3 boys in a small town. Completely natural, no drugs all labors over 16hrs. The doctors beleived in complete natural, unless emergent. Mine would say “When the fruit is ripe it will drop” God desighned us to deliver naturally. My twins became very medical.I had to sign a paper stating I understood the risk of vaginal delivery.They put an epidural in right as we were going into delivery room. Just in case. It felt abnormal having them slow my delivery & telling me to push.I was terrified of C-Section, I completely sympathize with you. Babies were healthy, boys both 6lb9oz & 19″,exact same size,they are’nt identicals. Only problem is their breathing was weak, because of the epi-dural I never wanted. Im so glad you were able to have a successful VBAC.

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    • Michelle,

      Congratulations! That is wonderful that your doctor supported vaginal delivery of twins!

      Warmly,

      Jen

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  2. When I was pregnant with my daughter in 2004 I was forwarded this quote by an ICAN leader that I had contacted. I cried. It was the first time that I felt like someone understood how I felt about my son’s birth via C-section. I’m so glad that she had the courage to come clean, it made me feel so much better just knowing that I wasn’t alone and that I wasn’t crazy.

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Jen Kamel is the CEO and Founder of VBAC Facts® whose mission is to increase access to vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). VBAC Facts® works to achieve this mission through their educational courses for parents, online membership for professionals, continuing education trainings, and consulting services. As an internationally recognized consumer advocate, Jen speaks at conferences across the world, presents Grand Rounds at hospitals, advises on midwifery laws and rules that limit VBAC access, educates legislators and policy makers, and serves as an expert witness and consultant in legal proceedings. VBAC Facts® envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.

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Jen Kamel

Jen Kamel is the CEO and Founder of VBAC Facts® whose mission is to increase access to vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). VBAC Facts® works to achieve this mission through their educational courses for parents, online membership for professionals, continuing education trainings, and consulting services. As an internationally recognized consumer advocate, Jen speaks at conferences across the world, presents Grand Rounds at hospitals, advises on midwifery laws and rules that limit VBAC access, educates legislators and policy makers, and serves as an expert witness and consultant in legal proceedings. VBAC Facts® envisions a time when every pregnant person seeking VBAC has access to unbiased information, respectful providers, and community support so they can plan the birth of their choosing in the setting they desire.

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