The Deaf Librarian


Originally published in 2012


Now that Ellie (my 3 year old) is in preschool I make it a point to take Katya (my 1 year old) to toddler story time at our local library. So far we’re both enjoying it very much. I tell you this just to set the tone for this story about my trip to the library today.

As you probably know, we just found out we are expecting our third child (due late May/early June 2013). I had a c-section with both Ellie and Katya and am actually going for a VBAC with this baby. For those of you who don’t know, VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After C-section.

NOW, you are ready to hear my story…

I arrived at the library a little before story time so I could get some educational books on VBACS (since I have no idea what I’m doing). I walk up to the little ol’ lady behind the counter and this is what happens…

Me: “Hi there! Do you happen to have any books on pregnancy?”

LOL (little ol’ lady): “Why yes we do! What kind of books would you like?”

Me: “I’m looking for books specifically on VBACs.”

LOL: “What?”

Me: “Books about VBACs.”

LOL: “Excuse me?”

Me: “VBACs. You know..(whisper) vaginal birth after c-section.”

LOL (getting louder): “What kind of birth?”

Me (really quiet): “Vaginal.”

LOL: “Excuse me?”

Me (still quiet and now leaning across counter): “Vaginal.”

By now I’m actually doing gestures with my hands to help her understand what I’m saying so I don’t have to speak louder for the entire line of people behind me to hear. It was like trying to mime a birth.

LOL: “Sweetie, I’m gonna need you to speak up. I don’t understand.”

Me (a little louder): “Vaginal.”

LOL: “Marginal?”

Me (normal voice): “Vaginal.”

LOL: “What??”

Me (ridiculously loud): “VAGINAL. V-A-G-I-N-A-L. As in, the baby comes out of my vagina.”

LOL (stunned and slightly offended): “You didn’t have to spell it.”

Needless to say I found my books. And it took almost no effort at all.

::tired sigh::