Establishing OB Care Question

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2011
Establishing OB Care Question
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Sun, 07-03-2011 - 4:31am

Hello ladies,

I was just released from my RE on Friday, 7/1, and need to find an OB!

Me () -- 34 DH -- 37 Conceived DS naturally after almost 2 years TTC and one loss. Currently have been TTC #2 after 2 more years and two more losses. Recently found polyp in uterus. Scheduled for hysteroscopy and removal 6/2011..... Instead surprise
Community Leader
Registered: 07-23-2004
Sun, 07-03-2011 - 9:40am

Hi Krystal,

Congratulations on being released from your re! Instead of waiting for an ICAN meeting, I would call your local ICAN chapter and ask them who they know in your area who is vbac friendly. Then interview those drs and mws. Even though you may have your mind set on a dr, don't forget the wonderful attributes mws have to offer. When the hospitals in my area decided to fine drs and mws for vbac'ing, I went to a free standing birth center, which is located across the street from a hospital.

Anyway, I think I'm getting sidetracked. LOL. Interview the drs or mws you find out are vbac friendly. Watch out for any conditions they place on you. That is a red flag that they may be setting you up to have a rcs.

You mentioned being concerned about switching drs midway through pg. Remember that you are hiring them and you can "fire" your dr even when you're in labor.

Calling the nurses at your hospital is a great idea!

Rose

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Registered: 04-26-2011
Sun, 07-03-2011 - 3:56pm

Thanks for the response Rose,

I had briefly looked around for a birthing center near a hospital but the closest one is too far for me to be comfortable with (more than 1-2 hours drive I think).

Me () -- 34 DH -- 37 Conceived DS naturally after almost 2 years TTC and one loss. Currently have been TTC #2 after 2 more years and two more losses. Recently found polyp in uterus. Scheduled for hysteroscopy and removal 6/2011..... Instead surprise
Community Leader
Registered: 07-23-2004
Mon, 07-04-2011 - 6:40pm
Krystal,

Unfortunately, there isn't a local ICAN in my area, so I don't know any routines they have about talking to people over the phone. I recommend you call the l&d nurses in the local hospitals. They know which drs and mws are vbac friendly.

When I first became pg many years ago, I chose the dr that could take me soonest as I had terrible m/s. The dr ended up not being competent, imo. The scenario didn't end well, unfortunately. That is a guilt I will have to live with for the rest of my life. With my next child, I interviewed 21 drs - some over the phone, but most in person. I asked them questions that were important to me at the time - holding my baby immediately, tearing instead of being cut, no i.v. unless I was on meds, etc. Talking with the drs gave my dh and me a better understanding of the drs in our area. It helped us to feel comfortable with the dr we chose. We kept him for 13 years. Unfortunately, he chose to put limitations on me for the vbac when the hospitals in my area began to fine drs if they let their patients vbac (even if the patient came to the hospital ready to push).

Interviewing drs, imo, helps you feel comfortable with your dr. In an emergency, you need to know that your dr is doing everything he can for you and your baby, and not just c/s you because you previously had a c/s, if ykwim.

I'm sorry ICAN wasn't able to help you very much. Please let us know what the l&d nurses say. I've got a couple of other ideas if the l&d nurses idea doesn't work out.

I'm sorry you have to go through so much just to find a dr who will let you do what acog says they should do.

Good luck!

Rose

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Registered: 04-26-2011
Tue, 07-05-2011 - 7:34pm

Rose,

Thanks for the personal story.

Me () -- 34 DH -- 37 Conceived DS naturally after almost 2 years TTC and one loss. Currently have been TTC #2 after 2 more years and two more losses. Recently found polyp in uterus. Scheduled for hysteroscopy and removal 6/2011..... Instead surprise
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-12-2004
Wed, 07-06-2011 - 8:43pm

Hi,

Perhaps to avoid getting the fluff answers you could ask them for some hard numbers on what percentage of their eligible patients attempt VBACs, and what is the success rate? The first number, from what I have found in various sources, is around 37%.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-23-2004
Fri, 07-08-2011 - 12:41pm
Hi Krystal,

I'm glad you found a mw you like. It's a shame drs in your area don't vbac, either. Especially since acog tells them that they should let us try to vbac.

I used to teach Bradley. It's a great course. You'll receive a lot of information for you to make informed decisions. You'll also find ways to work with your body, and things dh can do to help you.

It sounds to me like you have a great plan! Please kup and let us know how you're doing.

Rose

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Registered: 04-26-2011
Sat, 07-09-2011 - 1:56pm

I'll probably be stopping in more once I get

Me () -- 34 DH -- 37 Conceived DS naturally after almost 2 years TTC and one loss. Currently have been TTC #2 after 2 more years and two more losses. Recently found polyp in uterus. Scheduled for hysteroscopy and removal 6/2011..... Instead surprise