VBA2C or Repeat C-section

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Registered: 09-01-2004
VBA2C or Repeat C-section
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Fri, 11-23-2012 - 8:53pm

Well this little girl threw me for a loop this moring at the ultrasound. She was head down and butt up! She had been breech just like her brothers both were at this stage (28 weeks) so we had planned on doing a third c-section. Due to my heart shaped uterus both my boys got stuck head up and it was not safe to attempt to turn them before birth. That is the only reason I had a c-section with either boy. I talked with the midwife today and she said that my hospital does allow for vaginal births after 2 c-sections. She would put a note into my OB so we could discuss it more with him at my next appointment. She said being that the only reason I have had c-sections in the past was due to the boys being breech and that not being a problem with this pregnancy I was a good candidate for a VBAC. The midwife said a lot of women at my hospital will schedule the date for their c-section. If they go into labor before then they will attempt a VBAC. If they make it to the scheduled surgery date with out going into labor on their own then they do the c-section. My hospital does not induce labor for VBACs. I talked to my husband about it and he liked the idea of scheduling the c-section and then just seeing what happens. If I go into labor then he is all for a VBAC if not then he is fine with third c-section. That is the direction I am leaning in too. Of course I still want to talk to my OB about his opinions. So what do you ladies think? What would you do in my situation? There are so many reasons I am coming up with to at least give it a try and very few reasons to not try a VBAC. Most of my reasons for not doing it involve just doing what I have already done because that is what I know. But I don't want to miss out on the oppertunity to experience a vaginal birth just because c-sections are my comfy zone. 

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Sun, 11-25-2012 - 9:14am

I had a good physical recovery from the c-section and a good recovery from the VBAC. The VBAC was better. If you do go with a scheduled date, DON'T make it on your due date; they're almost always estimated too early. And save the name of that doctor. I understand there's very few doctors anymore who don't subtly pressure you into doing a c-section for the flimsiest of reasons.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 07-23-2004
Sun, 12-02-2012 - 6:49pm

I am sorry I haven't posted sooner.  I am having difficulties logging on.  I think it's great that you want to try to vba2c.  You may want to see why they want you to schedule a c/s.  They can always "fit you in" if you need a c/s for some reason.  My last pregnancy was an emergency c/s.  The hospital wasn't expecting me (I was at a birth center) and they were able to get me right in.  It was such an emergency that they got my baby out within three minutes of me getting into the o.r.  And they first had to knock me out. lol

Let us know what your dr says.  Good Luck!

Rose

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Registered: 09-01-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 12:08pm
Thanks guys! My next appointment is still 2 weeks away. I am so nervous for some reason. I am really getting my hopes up not just for a VBAC but for a natural birth too. I just don't want to hear no we don't think you should do it. From talking to the midwife the only reason they wanted to schedule a c-section was because they will not induce labor if I don't go into labor on my own.
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Fri, 12-07-2012 - 10:01am

Posting while I can because it's been real irregular. What anybody tells you you can or can't do is a bunch of BS. Nobody knows you can't do it, no matter how authoritatively they state it. If you don't do it, maybe it's because you can't, or maybe you just gave up too soon. So the only definitive proof is success. (i.e. if you succeed, then by definition, you could, though you won't know until it's happening).

As for, "we won't induce labor" yea, generally that's a great idea, and your care seems reasonable. My OB was pushing me to schedule for surgery, also, but I put her off for "just one more appointment" (She didn't ask until my due date, and I had another appointment less than a week later) and I went into labor the next day. (Successful VBAC).

Maybe the most important thing is how you feel about having a scheduled date. (STILL, I recommend if you do this, make it on the very late side). If it eases your mind to know you won't be pregnant forever, go for it, but if you feel pressured, "I have to go into labor before ....."  I'd recommend putting it off. I have heard stories about labor happening when the mother perceives it as "safe" (Several of these were women who wanted repeat c-sections, but went into labor as they were going in for the surgery), so I believe feeling safe about it is an important consideration.

Cthulu Crochet