Journal For Your VBAC
Journaling can be a powerful tool for reflection, self-discovery, and emotional processing during your VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) journey. Here are some journal prompts specifically tailored to VBAC to help you explore your thoughts, emotions, and experiences:
Reflecting on your previous birth:
- What were your feelings and emotions surrounding your previous caesarean birth?
- How did that experience impact your desire for a VBAC?
- What lessons did you learn from your previous birth that you want to carry forward into your VBAC journey?
Exploring your hopes and fears:
- What are your hopes and expectations for your VBAC experience?
- What fears or concerns do you have about attempting a VBAC?
- How can you address and work through these fears to feel more empowered and confident in your VBAC journey?
Nurturing your body and mind:
- How can you prioritise self-care and self-compassion during your VBAC journey?
- What practices or activities make you feel physically and emotionally nourished and supported?
- How can you create space and time for these practices in your daily life?
Building a support network:
- Who are the people in your life who can provide emotional support and encouragement during your VBAC journey?
- How can you communicate your needs and desires to your partner, family, and friends to ensure you receive the support you need?
- Are there any support groups or communities that you can connect with to share experiences and gain support from others who have had VBACs?
Embracing the unknown:
- How can you find peace and acceptance in the uncertainty of birth?
- What strategies can you employ to trust in your body’s ability to birth and navigate any challenges that may arise during labour?
- How can you mentally prepare yourself to stay flexible and open to different birthing outcomes while still aiming for a VBAC?
Visualising your ideal birth:
- Close your eyes and imagine your ideal VBAC experience. How does it look, sound, and feel?
- Describe in detail the environment, people, and support surrounding you during your VBAC.
- How can you use visualisation and positive affirmations to reinforce your belief in your body’s ability to birth vaginally?
Remember, journaling is a personal and introspective practice. Feel free to modify or expand upon these prompts based on your unique experiences and needs. Allow yourself the freedom to explore your thoughts and emotions openly, and use your journal as a space for self-reflection, growth, and empowerment. Jodie x