Getting started on the road to a VBAC...

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Registered: 07-02-2007
Getting started on the road to a VBAC...
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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 2:41pm
It's in my nature to obsess over things and read everything I can about what I'm obsessing over. I feel like I've read everything ever printed about pregnancy, but lately I've been thinking a lot about delivery. The more I think about it the more I want to at least try for a VBAC. I'm pretty clueless about it all, so I've begun reading up on it. I need a book, or a bunch of books. I know that I need to do everything that I can to make it happen.

Step 1: Read everything! Okay, I can do that.

Step 2: Talk to my doctor about preparing for this over the next five or so months. At least I already know that she's open to the idea because she brought it up.

Step 3: Stay active, or get more active! This is a no-brainer, really. This is actually what got me thinking about it all and planning concretely. My fiancé and I renewed our gym membership so that he could work out and I could use the recumbent cycle and treadmill, and it got me to thinking. Staying active will help me.

What else do I need to do?

 BabyFruit Ticker
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Registered: 07-23-2004
Sun, 01-01-2012 - 4:03pm
Hi Janet,

It looks like you're on the right track it's great that your dr is so supportive. Will this be your first vaginal birth? If so, I recommend yiu take childbirth classes. The more prepared you are while in labor the less chance you'll have a rcs. You nay also want to think about hiring a doula, who can also help you in labor.

That's all I can think of at the moment. :)

Rose

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Registered: 07-02-2007
Sun, 01-01-2012 - 10:05pm
Hiring a doula is unfortunately not an option for me. I wish it was. It's not covered by my insurance and there is absolutely no spare money to pay anyone to help. I'm going to look into the childbirth classes. My first labor and delivery was cool, but I want to avoid another surgery if at all possible. I had about 30 hours of labor, mostly at home, but I never dilated and my son never dropped into my pelvis. Added to that, I had way too much amniotic fluid and the doctor was worried that my son would turn breech if she broke my water, so I ended up in the OR. There was so much I didn't know back then. I don't feel like she pressured me into the c-section, so I'm with the same doc, but I will be doing things differently this time around. I just need to know what's the best course of action. I feel like this pregnancy is going so slowly, but it'll be June before I know it. I can't wait, though!
 BabyFruit Ticker
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Registered: 07-07-2007
Mon, 01-02-2012 - 7:30am
Congrat on your pregnancy! I am also trying for a VBAC, i have had 2 c/s, I have switched docs and like you have been reading everything i can about vbacs. I second the birth class, and i would recommend contacted you're local chapter of ICAN, my local chapter has helped me out so much. They may even be able to help you find a less expensive doula, or one that will work with your budget. That's what we're working on know. Again congrats!!
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Registered: 07-02-2007
Sat, 01-07-2012 - 10:13pm
Thanks. I'm going to look into it. I'm very interested in what I can do to get myself ready and my SO to help me.
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