The wonderful Katie Osborn with her sons Tom (2) and Ollie (14 weeks). Katie struggled with her experience with Tom. She had a healthy pregnancy, but her doctor chose to induce her at 38 weeks because scans showed that Tom was very large. After 17 hours of labor, she was deemed a failure to progress and rushed for a cesarean birth. The epidurals weren't working fast enough, so Katie had to have general anesthesia and therefore missed being present for her first child's birth. The word "fail" really stuck with Katie, and she struggled greatly afterward. Eventually, she was diagnosed with postnatal depression and took some time to work through it. With Ollie, she really wanted a natural delivery but her local hospital wouldn't give her the option to attempt at VBAC. She was booked in for a repeat cesarean but went to her doctor at 36 weeks and told him, no, she wasn't going to have one. She was bullied quite a bit by the doctor and the hospital. They told her that she was putting herself and the baby at risk and that if anything went wrong, they wouldn't be there to help her. She planned a homebirth with an independent midwife and struggled through the next two weeks. Ultimately, she and her family relocated to a town and hour away at 38 weeks so they could have a homebirth in a house near a hospital that would support her if needed. Katie transferred to the hospital at 9.5cms and had an epidural because things had stalled. She had her midwife by her side, could feel but didn't have any pain, and was so grateful for the support of her midwife. She was able to pull Ollie up herself and got her VBAC in the hospital. Katie's second birth was very healing, and she feels happier in herself now.