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|Wed, 05-21-2003 - 2:49pm|
Is it a must to have a C/S if you had one previously??
My first child(1/1/95) was born natural and I have no complicaitons whatsoever. My second child(5/7/99) was born emergency c-section. I went in the day before for a normal checkup and the doctor felt like I and the baby was ready to come out so he scheduled me for an induce labot the next morning.
Things did not progress well at all. Went in at 5am, started inducing with pytocin(spelling) after all prep work was done, and still hadn't had any major results 6 hours later. They physically broke my water. Upped the medicine because I refused to have contractions...lol. Then around 1 or almost 2(she was finally born at 2:30pm) they were telling us that her heart rate was too low during contractions and that wasn't a good sign. They were also unsure if she was just in stress or if it was from the medication. So after trying a few things, including them physically moving her around inside of me to see if she would respond better in a different position, me lying in different positions, and stuff, they decided that her heart rate was getting too low and couldn't do anything else for her, or me, but to get her out of there. I am rushed to the operating room where they give me a spinal and anesthesia. I am shaking the entire time during and after because of the anesthesia. They get my little girl out and she isn't breathing. My husband said she was totally blue. I didn't hear her cry for probably 5 minutes while they resucitated her, it seemed like forever. I didn't even get to see her. They rushed her to NICU. The main complication I had, besides normal pain and soreness, was that I had spinal headaches, which they didn't believe me at first because I have sinus problems. I could not stand up for longer then 30 secounds without getting a headache. I couldn't even take a shower by myself, and without holding on to the railing. So they made me drink caffeine(which I had previously not ahd much of and would get headaches when having too much at once). So when they finaly did the procedure to take care of that I was fine(I was also totally engorged for not being able to breastfeed my baby. they finally brought in a breast pump so I could that and they could use the milk in the nursery). I got to see her two days after having her, but I still hadn't had the spinal thing done to relieve the headaches so I had to be wheeled in. I got to breastfeed her finally then too. Anyway, I was able to walk the next day, within 5 minutes of them solving my spinal headaches(which they take blood from you and then insert it back into your spine so it can fill air pockets that may have developed) and got to go and see her on my own. They were very surprised to see me up and standing so fast. My little one wasn't released for almost 3 more days. Everything was said to be fine but she had jaundice so I was to watch that. I breastfed her for about 2-3 weeks, her esophagal flap wasn't fully formed so she had to sit up to take anything, so I ahd to switch to bottle after finding that out. Other complication I had was that a week after having her I went to take a shower and had enough time to tell my husband that I think I was bleeding too much .... he got in the bathroom in enough time to catch me before I fell. I woke up to EMS over me and I was in nothing but a robe. The doctor told me that my uterus just decided to release itself, muscle spasm, and I should be fine. I also wonder now, with her being 4, if any of the birthing complications affected her. I barely got her potty trained(my oldest was by 2) and she doesn't talk all that much, has her few phrases that she knows by heart, she doesn't read(oldest was reading at 3), and I have a hard time getting her to sit and try to do ABC's or numbers(if I get her to do half it is a good day). I have had a speech pathologist(oldest is taking speech therapy) tell me that she is being lazy, that the older sibling is talking too much for her, their previous doctor also told me this.... so this would totally be a different question if I should be concerned about her development or jsut throw it off as laziness as they are??
So I guess the main issue is Do I have to have a C/S just because I have had one before?? My SIL is having her second c/s just because she had one with her first. I have read in some previous posts/discussions that you can have a vaginal birth after a c/s, but is the pain any worse and all? Should I specifically look for a doctor that has that option, that doesn't rule out VBAC(I think is how I have seen it abbreviated)??
My husband is wanting me to do some research on it and I would just like some input and some actual experience in this matter.
Sorry that I have made this extremely long... just felt the history of the last birth should be voiced to. I have never had any complications during pregnancy. They didn't think I gained enough weight with the last child though (she was 6 ounds, first child was 8). Otherwise the only problems I ahve is that I ahve asthma and allergies, but they have never been a factor before in birthing.
Thank you in advance for any help with this. I do intend to look into this further and would greatly appreciate any help I can get.