Do You Think VBACs are harder or easi...

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Do You Think VBACs are harder or easi...
Fri, 07-16-2010 - 10:43am

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Fri, 07-16-2010 - 10:45am

I keep reading here or talking to people I know who seem to be having an awful hard time trying to get a VBAC these days. I wondered if it was just me or if it was really happening. It seems that it was a while back that the doctors or somebody decreed that VBACs were a bad thing and I was hoping they were more educated now and they'd be easier to get.

I'd love to know what you think!

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Registered: 09-09-2004
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 2:15am
With all the hospital bans on VBACs around here it is definitely harder!
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Registered: 07-21-1998
Sat, 07-17-2010 - 2:47pm

Bad phrasing (polls are hard to make). Yes, VBACs are harder or easier. I think they must be harder, but I only know what I read here, so I didn't answer. I managed to have my VBAC just before some big study came out that was taken to mean "VBACs are dangerous" but might be better read as "Inductions are dangerous".

I've mentioned before that my OB was telling me how she didn't want to use anything other than pitocin if I needed to be induced, and the OB on call tried to talk me out of a VBAC right away.

Cthulu Crochet

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 01-20-2006
Mon, 07-19-2010 - 4:00pm
It amazes me that it is so hard for people to go for a VBac. I know there are doctors who are pro c-section and induction for planning purposes, scheduling, etc. But I find it disconcerting that people still think of VBAC as this horribly dangerous procedure, and therefore doctors won't do it.
The research is there---and medical boards all over are stating that doctors should put VBAcs back on the table for their patients--not that it's the right choice for everyone, but it needs to be an option offered by the doctor, and not just proposed by the patient.
That's my opinion, any way.
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Registered: 03-12-2004
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 12:50am

I had my first VBAC in 2004 and I was reading here many stories of people being "banned" either by their doctor or hospital to have a VBAC. I haven't counted or anything, but my impression has been it's been about half the people posting have some kind of problem with finding a VBAC friendly provider. But of course those for whom it just isn't an option may not be inclined to post here, so using this board is not a good estimate. It has been pretty much the same until now, and I've been reading the board fairly regularly, at least every couple months.

I had no issues with the first VBAC, but I had to deliver my second VBAC baby (in 2007) at a hospital about 30-40 minutes away instead of 20-30 minutes, since the closer hospital banned VBACs. Not a big deal for us, but there have been many people posting here who have huge dilemmas about where to deliver.

I think the tide away from VBAC started turning around 2000. It is encouraging to see some recent articles from medical researchers saying maybe the VBAC bans have gone too far.

Here is an article which includes some statistics about the history of VBAC in the U.S.,9171,1880665-1,00.html