I had my first child in 2007, an innocent completely uninformed first time momma who wound up being induced at 10 days overdue. Laboured for 20 hours or so, with an epidural, and it wound up being a csection. Over the years between my son being born and when I got pregnant in 2012 with my second, I got to know the incredible Shannon Stark. Even before I was pregnant, she was encouraging of trying for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). When I did become pregnant, I knew I would want her to be there for us during childbirth and hired her to be our doula.
During labour Shannon was invaluable in helping me get through each stage. Her different positions and encouragement to keep switching it up helped my body prepare itself to bring my daughter into the world. I was under the care of a midwife but unfortunately the midwife I had during pregnancy was with another mama and I was put under the care of another who was not a good match for me. I am so thankful I had Shannon there, she was the one who got me through and she is the one who never gave up on me even after the midwife as well as myself had. Because of Shannon I was indeed successful at my VBAC. It was truly because of her that my body was given the chance to do exactly what it was meant to do. I will always be grateful to her.