I am a lurker who wanted to share my birth story so other women can be encouraged to shoot for a VBAC as well.
My first child was a c-sec due to him being breech. After experiencing a c-sec in a foreign country where pain management was virtually non-existant post surgery, when i fell pregnant again, I was having nightmares about having another c-sec. I made my family move back to the U.S. just to try to find a doc. who would let me VBAC.
Well I am happy to say that I found a good doctor who took me at 30 weeks and was cool as a cucumber when I told him I wanted to VBAC. He said that he had no problem letting women VBAC as long as the previous incision was low and horizontal.
On Dec. 3rd I gave birth to my second son, 8lb 1oz at 9:59 pm.
My due date was on the 5th but my ob wanted to break my water to start my labor on the 3rd. I went in the hospital at 9:50 am and I think my water was broken around 10:45. When he broke my water I was between 2 and 3 cm dialated.
My contractions started less than 5 min. after my water was broken. I was surprised by how close together they were. only 4 min. apart.
After about 4 hours they checked me and said I was between 4 and 5 cm dialated. My doc suggested pitocin but I told him I didnt want it because I didnt want an epidural and I know that pitocin makes contractions unbearable. He was ok with that, didnt try to push it at all. All the nurses were really nice, when they would ask me if I wanted the epidural. No one was pushy at all about it. They just said that they felt bad watching me suffer since most women ask for the epi as soon as they get into bed.
After a few more hours, I was starting to get really worn down by the pain so I asked for some Demerol. The nurse gave it to me but then my contractions got worse! I thought maybe she had given me the wrong drug so I asked her if she was sure she gave me demerol because not only had it not worked, I was in more pain! She checked my cervix and told me that it was because i was 8 cm dialated and I was going into transition. I couldnt believe it. Labor had progressed so fast and I didnt even realize it.
Then about 2 hours later I felt the urge to push which doesnt actually feel like an urge. It's more like your body starts pushing involentarily. I alerted the nurse who then called the doctor in. He checked me and told me I was ready to start pushing.
20 min. of pushing and a second degree tear later, I got my baby boy plopped on my chest!
I'm so happy that I didnt have to have surgery again because now I can be active with my toddler. I dont know what I would have done if I had had a c-section and could not pick him up or take him to the park like I do now.
If anyone reading this is in the Tampa area and needs a good OB who does VBACs, look up Dr. Thomas Umstead. His practice is also on the ICAN website list of doctors who do VBACS in Tampa.