A friend of mine started a local group for women called "Cesarean & Birth Trauma Support Group". She was my Doula for both of my children's births.
The first meeting was almost a month ago (I haven't posted in a while). The emotion and support that was in that room was indescribable. I later told her that it felt like I was in a "free" counseling session! The birth stories that these women shared were incredible; all ending with a cesarean.
I was the only one in the group that was "healed" by my VBAC. I felt for these women. I was in their shoes just 4 weeks before the meeting.
When it was my turn to share my Cesarean birth story, I felt like my birth was less traumatic than everyone else. Maybe it was because I felt the healing from my VBAC birth? Maybe it was because my birth WAS in fact less traumatic than everyone else? These birth stories were horrific, scary, and sad. I can't believe things like this happen, and they happen in my town!
The next meeting is coming up next week. I have been looking forward to this meeting all month! I hope many women are able to join this group. It's a safe place to talk about our fears.