The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Kathy Gray Farthing’s first two babies were born via Cesarean section. With small children at home to care for, Farthing hoped to deliver her third baby vaginally so she could avoid a long recovery. Like many women today, she succeeded. She also enjoyed an unexpected payoff. “Having a VBAC [vaginal birth after Cesarean] was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life,” recalls Farthing, a graphic designer/illustrator, childbirth educator and doula in Alliance, Ohio. “I went into it for practical reasons and came out with much more.”