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Rochelle Waller and the Best Birth Plan: Women's Care
When a carefully planned birth takes an unexpected route, the best care matters. Rochelle Waller of Federal Way knows this firsthand; when her planned vaginal-birth-after-cesarean (VBAC) turned into a second surgical birth this spring, Rochelle’s birth team at the Family Birth Center at St. Francis Hospital made the experience memorable, positive, and enjoyable, she said.
Rochelle’s providers supported her wishes for a VBAC birth and were equally supportive when those plans changed, she noted. “I felt really supported by the midwives,” Rochelle said. “My birth plan was to have a VBAC, and if I wanted to stick to that they supported it. They told me I could go on laboring if I wanted, but they supported me, however I chose to give birth.”
Although Rochelle was tired from hours of labor, her daughter Teagan’s 2018 cesarean birth felt family-centered and positive, Rochelle said. She had skin-to-skin contact with Teagan immediately after the birth and held her soon after. Rochelle also appreciated the breastfeeding support and healing care provided by the nurses and midwives at the Family Birth Center. Her CenteringPregnancy® group prenatal care program, through Franciscan Women’s Health Associates – Federal Way, provided an added layer of support before and after the birth, Rochelle added.
“I really liked my interaction with the midwives through the entire birth,” said Rochelle. “They laughed with me, they talked with me, they took on my humor. It felt like they weren’t just doing their jobs — they were part of the birth.”
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