VBAC Hopeful, but a lot going against me

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Registered: 09-08-2007
VBAC Hopeful, but a lot going against me
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Mon, 11-08-2010 - 8:31am

Hi Ladies!

My name is Morgan and I am preggo with #2, EDD 6/11/11. I have a son- Drake- who is almost 20 months old. He was born via a crash c-section after 31 hours of an induced labor at 42 weeks 5 days. The reason that was given was fetal hr decels and me having a fever. I had a horrible csection in which the epi did not work and I could feel everything they did. I had dialated to a 7 and D was really trying to come down, so they had to use the vacuum to get him out. It was rough.

Anyway, I am hoping for a VBAC. My mw is very supportive. However, I am concerned because I never went into labor with D. I HAD to be induced because I was so overdue (my placenta was calcifying) but I never had a contraction on my own nor did I dialate until they gave me the pitocin. I know that if you want a VBAC you should do everything possible to avoid induction, but I am not sure I can go into labor on my own. (My Mom couldn't either, she had to be induced both times after being very overdue). Even when they were prepping me for the csection, they turned off the pit and my contractions stopped. My body never took over.

Anyone heard of anything like this and have an encouraging story? Is there anything that I can do to up my chances of a VBAC? I really wanted a natural labor with no interventions and was devastated at my birth experience. Though I am always thankful that Drake is happy and healthy.

Thanks Ladies!

Mo

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Mon, 11-08-2010 - 8:32am

Also, since I know I will prob have to use pit in this labor, anyone have a VBAC that was successful with the use of pitocin?

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Registered: 01-20-2006
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 12:06pm

I just read your post, and while my situation wasn't completely the same, I think I can offer you some encouragement! And by the way, I just put up my own post, celebrating my 1yr VBac anniversary, and you may find some of that relevant or encouraging.

I too had always wanted a med-free delivery, but after having the c-section I decided I would be more open to whatever was on the table in order to avoid the biggest and baddest medical intervention of them all! I was induced, and stayed on the pitocin the entire time. They monitored those levels carefully. I also had an epidural to help relax my body between contractions to try to get my dilation moving (I progressed very slowly).

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Registered: 03-12-2004
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 7:00pm

Hi Morgan,

I have been on this board for several years, and I have seen quite a few stories of people using low-dose pitocin in their VBACs.

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Registered: 07-23-2004
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 10:23pm

Hi Morgan,

I had always been induced, too, b/c my body would never go into labor, either.

Rose

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 11:18pm

Thank you so much for sharing with me. I really appreciate it. Just hearing encouraging words and that others have done it so I should at least give myself the chance to try. It really does help. Congrats on your successful VBAC! I'm going to go check out your story!

Mo

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 11:27pm

Thank you Elaine. I do have a lot going for me in that I have a MW who is supportive, willing to use pit if need be and is ready to try whatever we need to try to have a VBAC. My feeling that I have things not in my favor are what my MW and I have discussed at length in that my body, despite being on pit for that long and having my water broken never took over labor. Compounded with my mother's history and what we found afterward to be my grandmother's history is something that my MW says we will have to battle.

I'm definitely allowing for a VBAC possibility, but I guess this time I am also more prepared for a csection as well. In the Bradley class I took they never even mention anything about csections except that most of the time they are not needed. While I agree with that, I was taken completely aback when I was told I had to have a csection and other than knowing it was surgery I didn't know what to expect.

Thank you for the advice about the discussing the problems that I had the first time around. That's a good idea. I have never really talked to my mw about the things like the epi not working and other issues that I had other than to tell her it sucked. (which she already knew). If we can get a solid plan in place to make sure that what went wrong that was in our control last time will not go wrong again, I think I will feel more at ease. :-)

Mo

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 11:33pm

Yea, she can. We did that last time. Never had any issues except the calicification of the placenta and even then, the lady doing the exam said that she had never seen a placenta that "old"

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-12-2004
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 6:25pm

Wow, this idea of "risk out" is a new one to me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2007
Thu, 11-18-2010 - 9:06pm

I completely agree with you. If someone can be informed that they could very well die on the table during an elective cosmetic procedure that they are not a good candidate for and STILL have the procedure then why is it that my baby taking more time than the "normal" birth is me choosing to "risk out?"

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Registered: 09-09-2004
Wed, 12-01-2010 - 7:33pm

We just had our youngest son and second VBAC three months ago!

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