My story: Yes, a VBAC is possible

by Monarch Women's Wellness on April 11, 2017

As told by Megan Barnson, “Yes a VBAC is possible”

Birth Photography by, Morgan Renee Photography,

After having a c-section with my first child, Levi, a year and a half ago, I knew with our next child I wanted a different delivery experience. I heard raving reviews about the doctors at Monarch Women’s Wellness from my friends. I thought for our second child I would give Monarch a try.

When I found out I was pregnant with our second child, I was excited to visit Monarch for the first time. I had a great experience with all 6 providers; however, I immediately connected with Dr. Khan. I shared with her about Levi’s c-section delivery, and she understood my desire to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean).

I researched intensely about VBACs. I knew my probability of having a successful VBAC was low after my scheduled c-section with my son. Dr. Khan and I discussed a VBAC at length in my appointments. She always listened to me and truly heard what was my heart’s desire. She encouraged me that a VBAC was possible, all while realistically sharing the risks and potential complications with me. I trusted her medical expertise and many years in practice. I knew that no matter what happened in the delivery room (VBAC or Caesarean) she would make decisions with mine and my daughter’s health as her priority. That’s an incredible feeling!

Scarlett was due right around the time of the massive blizzard that hit our Hampton Roads area this past January 2017. Dr. Khan and I discussed all my options – getting induced because of the storm or waiting until my body was ready naturally.  After much discussion and thought, my husband, Bryan, and I decided to be induced, especially since I was already over 40 weeks.  A big part of me was nervous to be induced again, but my unwavering trust in Dr. Khan gave me peace about the whole situation.

On January 5th, 2017, I arrived at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center to be induced. Even through a few rocky moments in my labor, Dr. Khan stayed positive and supportive!

She continued to reassure me, “Megan, no matter what happens with this delivery, we will have a baby by the end of the day and that’s what matters most!”  She kept me grounded and focused.

I was lucky enough to be surrounded by four of my sisters and my loving husband when Scarlett entered the world through a successful VBAC on January 6, 2017! When Scarlett was crowning, Dr. Khan and I worked together to lift her out and place her on my chest. The relief and sheer excitement of my VBAC birth experience coming true with a healthy daughter was overwhelming!

Processed with VSCO with b1 preset Birth Photography by, Morgan Renee Photography,

Knowing that my VBAC was possible with Scarlett,  makes me hopeful for more children in the future. Thank you, Dr. Khan, for making this dream become a reality for me!

Megan’s Advice: 

Find the right doctor for you – one that you can trust and feel comfortable with. As for having a VBAC, stay level headed. Be committed and determined, yet flexible to how the situation may change. That’s again why I feel that trusting your doctor is essential.


Birth Photography by, Morgan Renee Photography,

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