VBAC In Santa Monica?

Updated on December 07, 2007
M.B. asks from Virginia Beach, VA
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Has anyone had a VBAC at St. John's in Santa Monica or with the OB/GYN practice of Frumovitz, Matsunaga, Daly, Ross & Thordarson (also in Santa Monica)? If so, I'd be interested in hearing about your experiences/thoughts. I'm considering trying for a VBAC after having an emergency c-section with my son when his heart rate dropped. Prior to the heart rate issue, my labor had been progressing nicely and with no problems.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Hi M.,

I had a VBAC 3 years after a c-section that went along the same lines as what you describe in your e-mail. Dr. Terry Cole in Ventura was my doctor, and I would never allow another doctor to cut me open based on previous c-section or age, or just "high risk" status if the pregnancy was progressing fine. In fact, I learned so much about asking for space, ability to move freely about my room, to run if I wanted to, to be in any position I wanted to during my second pregnancy, that I can tell you from experience that it is extremely possible and a very rewarding experience to have a vaginal delivery with the second child. Look up Dr. Cole and call him up for a second opinion for anything they tell you here in Santa Monica. I am here in Culver City, so if you need any other information about my breastfeeding experience and guidance or other resources and prepping for a VBAC, e-mail me directly at [email protected]____.com Be well and remember it is possible, you just have to find the doctor that is willing to work with you!

C. H.



answers from Los Angeles on

I don't have an answer for ya, but I just wanted to tell you that I am very proud of you.
Just the fact that you are open to attempting a VBAC shows that you have done your homework.
GOLD STAR FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
I am a huge breastfeeding advocate, and although it can be successful after a C-section, it's so much easier when you put the baby to breast immediately, so with a VBAC your birth experience will be much different than your first............and each will be special for different reasons.
Best of luck!
And us moms do not get enough pats on the backs, so I just wanted to pat you on the back and say GOOD JOB!!!!!!!!



answers from Los Angeles on

I had a VBAC, but it was at Cedars. The doctor who performed the emergency c-section on with my first suggested I try the VBAC for 2 reasons: 1. I had an untried pelvis and she thought I could push and 2. she was the doctor that did the c-section and made sure she cut very low on the uterus so the chances of the uterus collapsing was extremely minimal. It all turned out great. I pushed out a 9 1/2 pound baby and the recovery time was so much easier than the c-section.

Good Luck.



answers from Los Angeles on

I cannot respond directly to your question, but am considering switching to that practice. Any feedback on them? (I would like to try to deliver at St Johns if I should get pregnant again -and would also be interested in considering a VBAC...my first was an emergency c too- but b/c his heart rate was too high. He also was too big- his head wasn't go to make it through.) Thanks.

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