F.T. asks from Pleasant Plains, AR on May 23, 2010
Vbac - Pleasant Plains,AR
Has anyone ever had a vbac? I have had 2 c-sections and want a vbac with the next, if the time comes. My 1st child the doc induce and unfortunately it didn't work. So, on the 2nd one they automatically schedule me for another c-section. I mentioned it to my 2nd doc if I could try for vb and she immediately said no. I thought I had found a hospital that would and that is what she said. I didn't know and realize until after the fact that I could have pushed the fact. If any one has any stories or anything that they wouldn't care to share on vbac. Thanks
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Thanks everyone for your input. I am seriously thinking about having vba2c. I probably would have tried a little harder but it was only 15 months between the two, it has been over three years now. With the second one she had a lot of problems, she was in ACH for 17days because of me having a c-section. So, if at all possible I'm having vbac.
J.V. answers from Chicago on May 24, 2010
Go get the book "a thinking women's guide to pregnancy." It should give you some much needed information on why vbac is SAFER.
M.W. answers from Boise on May 23, 2010
My good friend is a nurse who has seen about 20 attempted VBACS. She said like 15 of them worked and the other 5 were terrible and had to be Cs with complications. I have another friend who is a nurse and she says that although a lot of VBACS are fine, she doesn't think they are worth the risk because the risk is higher than the VBAC advocates tell you of uterine rupture.
Also, my dear friend just had a VBAC, and had so many complications and infections afterwards that she had to have a hysterectomy a week after the birth.
So you are always going to find people that did VBACS and were fine, but if your doctor says "no", why push it? I don't think it is worth the risk. There are so many people right now that think that Doctors just don't want to risk a lawsuit, so they do a C-sec, but from talking to 3 nurse friends of mine, I am seeing that the doctor is more concerned with the health of the mother and the baby than risking a VBAC that has more like a 10 to 20% risk of failure, rather than <1% that the VBAC people will tell you.
BTW, I tried for a VBAC too, and ended up with a C-section. I felt depressed to not have a regular delivery, until the doctor repeatedly told me I could have died.
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J.C. answers from Casper on May 23, 2010
I have had 5 VBACs since my first c-section. After my first child was born by c-section I was upset, but after asking my doc she did say that the longer that I waited before having another, the greater my chances of a VBAC would be. So we had a good chance as our first 2 children were six years apart. Then next few I had to fight because the hospital wasn't willing to allow me, although my doctor was. That is the way it will be with our next baby (#7) that will be coming in July. I agree that you need to find a doctor that is supportive of you. But you also have to understand that an induction using pitocin isn't a good option anymore....so if you aren't patient enough to wait until you naturally go into labor, this probably isn't the right path for you. My doc has told me that induction is too hard on your body as you are trying to force it to do something that it really isn't ready to do. And it makes labor hard and fast too quickly. Going natural with your labor makes your uterus more accustomed to the contractions and as they build slowly, is able to work with them. That isn't to say that you can't have an epidural during your labor, just want to stay away from the drugs to induce labor. I have so much more that I could say, if you have anymore questions I would be happy to answer them and just message me. Good luck.
J.---SAHM of 6 soon to be 7 in July.
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A.M. answers from College Station on May 23, 2010
Same boat your in! Actually if you look at one of my post you could get some halpful info like I did! Its actually a VBA2C and most hospitals wont do it bc it takes more watching after you! I found one and I am supper excited about it bc I LOVE the hospital. We are not pregers yet but wanted to find and plan it out! Call around and find a place where you have a few docs to talk to, find the one that fits your needs I messed up with both my others and took the first doctor I could find, this time I did research before I even got pregnant and found like 10 docs that would like to have a one on one with me and discuss my needs. If you are dead set on it and cant find a doc to do it in a reasonable distance then concider a midwife! I hear they do wonders and actually have talked to one about my situation and she was willing to try it if I decided to go through her, but I found a few doctors I would like to concider first. Make sure you interview the docs you find and make sure you find one that will work with what you want! Good luck and I hope you find one!
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N.N. answers from Huntsville on May 23, 2010
I'm curious as to what your answers will be. I had to have a c section with my 1st after 12 hours of labor due to the fact that my pelvis was too small. He weighed 8 lbs 3 ozs and so last year when I went for my checkup the ob gyn said I would prolly have to have another one whn I get preggo again! I don't want to have another one I would love to have a vbac also! Good luck!
A.P. answers from Houston on May 23, 2010
Hi F.! I've had 4 c-sections. The first was not planned and I wanted to have a natural child-birth but it didn't end up that way. I chose to have a c-section for the second b/c I got pregnant 12 mos after the first surgery and reading up on successful VBAC's, the chances of uterine rupture lessen if you wait longer between surgeries. Also, I have a family member who is a delivery nurse and she recommended against it b/c there HAS to be an experienced nurse who knows what to look for (signs of rupture). To me, the chances of me and possibly the baby dying weren't worth it. But, it is a personal decision and to each, his own! Good luck and God bless you and baby!!
W.T. answers from San Diego on May 24, 2010
I have not, but my next pregnancy, should I have one will be a vbac.
I recommend finding a midwife that has had experience with them and considering a homebirth. I cannot tell you the amazing care you will get with an experienced midwife! I am in awe of the differences between my midwife and my ob/gyn and my birth experiences.
At the very least consider interviewing a midwife for the information and seeing if you can find a midwife who will act as a doula for you if you find an ob/gyn who will do a vbac and in the event you don't want to do a homebirth.
I wish you luck and a wonderful vbac experience!
In case you are confused, I had a vaginal birth in the hospital with baby #1 and a planned homebirth with a midwife with baby #2. We decided at week 39 to do a scheduled c-section (after much much much soul searching) b/c the baby was breech. As it turned out, he could not turn due to an extremely short cord. But, I had amazing care by my midwife up to the moment of the c-section and immediately thereafter. I checked myself out of the hospital 24 hours after my c-section to go home and get my post-natal care at home. Midwives are unbelievable!
J.L. answers from Tulsa on May 24, 2010
Don't know why you had to have c-sections, but, I had one on my first baby cuz she was frank breech at term and my water broke before we could think about turning her. I never had time for contractions cuz I went on in for the section. So, the 2nd baby I drove to Tulsa for my Dr. since the hospital there was equipped for vbac's. But.. ended up c-section cuz my water broke about a month early and even with pitocin and very hard and 36 hours of labor- I only dialated to a 1 !! But, at least I tried. Guess my water always wants to break- but, nothing else cooperated! Kinda felt like a failure then, but, over time it goes away. Then I just realize how thankful I am for healthy babies and healthy, safe c-sections. Mine were 3 years apart by the way- so I guess that coulda worked. Good luck.
L.A. answers from Oklahoma City on May 24, 2010
I have a friend that had a vbac last year after 2 c-sections. There aren't many ppl who will do vbacs (let alone one who will do after 2 c-sections) & they are becoming fewer & fewer as the insurance companies start restricting their doctors from performing them. The risk is very minimal though & I encourage you to seek out a doctor or midwife who will allow you to. It is your body & your right. THere is also a vbac support group called ICAN.. you might look for a local chapter in your area. They can offer a lot of information & support.