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Can I ask about VBAC's?

Discussion in 'Parents Off Topic' started by joy orz, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. joy orz

    joy orz Approved members

    Feb 7, 2008
    This may turn into a TMI thread, but I'm going to ask it anyway. Viewer discretion is advised. :p

    I had a c-section with Ava, and am due with her baby brother or sister (we won't find out until the big day) at the end of April. So far, I've got a scheduled c-section for April 26, but my doctor has left it open that if I go into labor, and all things look good, we can try to have the baby the "old fashioned way".

    Before having Ava, I felt really strongly about a natural delivery. I did all the pre-natal yoga, and fem power reading about how wonderful childbirth is. But she had other viewpoints and decided to get herself stuck breach with the cord around her neck. So we had a c-section.

    Now that I know all the wonderfulness being a mother involves, I don't care how one gets there, I just want the cute baby out of the package.

    So wondering other people's experiences if anyone HAS HAD a v-bac. The good the bad and the ugly. You don't have to post any gory details, but please tell me if you would recommend it, or recommend going with a c-peat.

    Dad's with this experience are also welcome to post. ;)
  2. mapoe4

    mapoe4 Approved members

    Jun 27, 2008
    My first was a C-section. she was premature and breech so it was an emergency C-section(20 yrs ago). I was told that I shouldn't have natural after this and I was told I could. My other 4 were all natural. I had no pain killers or anything ecxept the second one they gave me demerol because of my blood pressure. All I can say that all the pain is real. I can remember it was painful but I don't remember the pain (if that makes any since). When I was pregnant with John they told me that I had to have a C-section because of a tipped uterus and I should have had the other two by c. John was also a month early and my doc was on vacation and the on call asked why I was scheduled for a C. Told her the story, they tried to stop the labor and the next day he was born by them having to induce. They induced me with Mary because when they did the sonogram she had her cord around her neck but she was born natural with no problems.
    I would do what ever you feel more comfortable with. With John they had the operating room ready just in case I couldn't have him natural but it all worked out. The sonograms they have now are so much more detailed than just a few years ago.
  3. sam1nat2

    sam1nat2 Approved members

    Jan 24, 2007
    Sam was a breech c/s, so no labor there.
    Natalie was also breech and she was a high risk pg, I was seen exclusively by a perinatal specialist and not by a regular ob.
    The guy I had sees all of the worst things that can happen, yet he was still very PRO vbac. However, he was very much against any sort of induction due to the previous c/s.
    I never went in to labor with Natalie, despite the drs being able to turn her head down. My fluid dropped so we decided to repeat c/s.
    Sophie dr said no vbac.

    I don't know what natural labor is, but a repeat c/s really wasn't too bad.
  4. wdhinn89

    wdhinn89 Approved members

    Mar 31, 2007
    My son was a C-section. He was 10 days late, and they induced me. He was lazy and weighed 8lbs,14oz :p and would not move down the birth canal so we had to do a C-section

    My daughter was a V-Bac. She was born on her due date, I never realized I was in labor until the doctor told me. I swore I would have a natural birth with her because I felt the drugs I had with Alex stopped the process but I was in so much pain, I had an epidoral. Before I knew it I was 10 centimeters but I had to wait to push because of the epidoral. She was a quick and easy delivery.

    I have always said, I delivered my children both ways and they both sucked:rolleyes: I thought I missed out on something when my son was delivered by c-section but I really didn't. I had a beautiful, healthy baby both times the end results were the same.
  5. saxmaniac

    saxmaniac Approved members

    Jun 1, 2007
    My oldest was c-section. Alex was VBAC, and a Kira was a 2nd VBAC. I can't say I have any worthwhile opinions about it, but I'm both impressed and happy that Beth did it.

    Kira... was quite a long, involved story for such a short labor -- but you'll have to friend me on facebook if you wanna read about that! Some of the other ladies here have read that story and tell you if it's worth it. ;)
  6. dqmomof3

    dqmomof3 Approved members

    Dec 29, 2007
    My favorite subject!

    OK, since you asked :D. This is my favorite subject to talk about!

    I am a certified childbirth educator and birth doula, and have been since 1997. In 1998, I had a VBAC with Jayden after 2 c-sections with my boys. I have also assisted many mothers in their usually-successful quest for VBAC.

    Here is what I think as it relates to VBAC, and the research shows it to be true. Most babies should be given the chance to be born vaginally. Most babies, if given the chance, will be born vaginally. Many things, however, highly decrease the chance of a successful VBAC.

    Moms going to the hospital too early is, in my own opinion, the number one deterrent to a successful VBAC. Medical staff are notoriously bad at sitting on their hands and doing nothing :). Induction of labor is the number two deterrent to a successful, and safe VBAC. I know that many VBAC moms are induced and go on to have wonderful births - I am not saying it isn't possible. What I'm saying is that the more we mess with things, the less likely a successful outcome is. There is a lot of research out there to back this up - if you're interested, let me know and I'll point you in the right direction to look up some studies.

    In my opinion, having had a VBAC myself and having helped many mothers have VBAC births, there is nothing that compares! If I were having any more children, they would all be VBACs. My second c-section was an elective repeat c-section like yours would be, and although it was not a terrible experience, now that I've had a VBAC as well, I would never elect a c-section again.

    Joy, PM me if you want to talk more. I'll just make one suggestion. Get a copy of "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth." I can send you my copy if you don't have access to one. The author is Henci Goer. There is some great information in there, and there are many studies referenced in the back of the book. Each chapter is about something specific - induction, c-section, vaginal birth, etc.. It's a good read no matter which choice you make.
  7. Nancy in VA

    Nancy in VA Approved members

    Jul 16, 2007
    I had a C-section with my first - she was breach. Recovery was pretty easy. I thought I wanted another C-section but the Dr wouldn't schedule one because the reason for C-section wasn't indicated for another pregnancy. I had my middle one VBac. Recovery was easier. Definitely different but easier. No incision pain but episiotomy pain. I had epiudural with my VBac.

    Emma was another C-section. Another breach. My girls felt no need to hang upside down in this world!
  8. Lee

    Lee Approved members

    Oct 5, 2006
    Well, my first, 36 hour long labor should have been a C-section, she was 2 weeks late, had gone to the bathroom so we both had an infection - which meant no pain killers. She was also a forcep delivery and it took us longer to recover then with a CSection - it was hell...she was taken away immediately due to needing special treatment and me needing special treatment - so we didn't even get to bond for three hours.

    My second, I said I wanted pain killers as soon as I found out - I just couldn't do it again. So, I had pain meds, and it was much easier to handle, and I was not so extremely traumatized by the pain and horror of child birth that I could enjoy being mom. It still hurt like hell - but it was normal pain - not end of the world just kill me now pain.

    So I am a proponent of pain killers.
  9. CheriMomTo8

    CheriMomTo8 Approved members

    Aug 20, 2009
    I guess I can't help myself but am chiming in. I haven't had a c-sec but as a midwife, I just want to add, VBAC is better and safer for the baby and for you. I would strongly encourage you to take a Bradley Childbirth class and 2nd everything Jennifer said. Blessings to you on your journey!
  10. Sarah Maddie's Mom

    Sarah Maddie's Mom Approved members

    Sep 23, 2007
    Fwiw, I'm not a big fan of TMI threads, but this really isn't one, imho ;)

    Best of luck with which ever method you end up using:cwds:
  11. hawkeyegirl

    hawkeyegirl Approved members

    Nov 15, 2007
    I have not had a VBAC, but from what I know, you've already overcome the biggest hurdle to having one, and that's finding a doctor willing to do one. In the U.S. especially, many doctors are so worried about liability that once a C-section, always a C-section.

    dqmomof3 had some really good advice for you and the book she recommended is excellent.

    Best of luck to you!
  12. etringali

    etringali Approved members

    Mar 27, 2008
    My first- Andy was a section. He had a rather large head circumference and decided he wasn't interested in coming out, after 2 episodes or pre term labor. I don't regret that decision. Dr was willing to let me labor longer as neither of us were in distress, I just wanted my kid already. recovery from the section rather sucked, and I think deeply impacted or nursing experience. I was drugged, he was out of it from whatever passed through breast milk and it just wasn't good.

    Alex was a Vbac. I was induced at 38.5 weeks with him as andy had been a big guy and alex was too looking to be good size. from water break to delivery was about 3 hours. Had an epidural so labor wasn't bad. Pushing was difficult as I'd been pain free and now this little stinker was trying to get under the pubic bone. hurt like hell. Little epidural top off, and I pushed him out to a cheering grandma and daddy.

    Kira was supposed to be a scheduled induction. She had other plans. Sh arrived at 36 weeks in quite the hurry. Labor was 59 minutes from water beak to birth. Contractions started about 15 mins after water break and went from annoying to I am going to kill my husband for doing this to me in a matter of minutes. We barely made it to hospital. she came flying*literally* into the world in 10 mins or less of pushing. She arrived so fast the Dr didn't even catch her.

    Recovery from Alex birth was a breeze. I had a small episiotomy and was sore but wasn't excessively uncomfortable.

    Kira... well, here comes TMI, but I tore from urethra area all the way into the vagina. Judging from repair, one of the smaller labia was completely reattached. It was quite the tear. so I was much, much more uncomfortable after her birth. Burned like hades to pee. I had the peri bottle full of water any time I had to pee to dilute the urine. Ice packs were my best friend and i remembered the suggestion of wetting the ice pack pad down before using. Oh, the ice was BLISS!

    Honetsly, if the opportunity presents itself for a VBAC, go for it. You have a great attitude that it's more important to have a healthy Mom and Baby. I've unfortunately known a few people who felt they were failures as Mom's because they had sections. Do what feels right, and feel the support coming from all us Mom's to you!
  13. sisterbeth43

    sisterbeth43 Approved members

    Oct 14, 2007
    I never had a V-bac, but my first 5 were all natural births. Had the c-section for the 6th and last one. To me the birthing experiences were the same. I had a healthy, beautiful baby. Drs were worrried I wouldn't survive the last birth without the section.
  14. Jilleighn

    Jilleighn Approved members

    Jan 25, 2009
    I have never given birth vaginally, but have had 2 c sections. Both were Emergancy situations. I am very Thankful for both Csections because it allowed me to have 2 healthy kiddos and allowed me to live. (I had Toxima REALLY bad).

    I think you need to do what is best for your family and only you can be the one who decides that. No matter what you choice as long as Mom and baby are happy and healthy I think that is all that is important at the end of the day.
  15. Jacob'sDad

    Jacob'sDad Approved members

    Nov 20, 2007
    Our first was C-section because his head tried to come out sideways.:rolleyes: Our second was VBAC. My wife just confirmed what I remember about it. We never heard "If things look good we can try for a vaginal delivery". It was the same as the first delivery; "we expect you to have a vaginal delivery, but if we need to, we can do a C-section". Everything proceeded normally with the VBAC.

    Jacob was C-section because Tammy's placenta tore and she started to bleed. He was born 6 weeks early.
  16. selketine

    selketine Approved members

    Jan 4, 2006
    My first was a c-section cause he was breech and my water broke, etc. I literally could not decide what to do with the 2nd and didn't decide until my water broke for him and I was in the hospital - LOL!

    I realized I was not afraid at all of another C-section but I was of the VBAC so I decided on a repeat C. I had been on bedrest the previous 7 weeks or so and I wasn't exactly in awesome shape after that. The repeat C-section was absolutely wonderful - I got to see William just after he was "out" (which I requested) and by the time I was out of surgery they had him ready for me to hold and nurse, etc. They took him away for more checks and had him back to me a 2nd time while I was in recovery cause he was hungry - LOL!

    I had a very easy recovery the 2nd time around and it was certainly a good choice for me. :) My only advice is to do the one you feel most comfortable with - if you are afraid of one or the other I would not choose it - if the safety for you and the baby is equal on both (no strong reasons to go with one or the other for safety reasons, etc).
  17. Boo

    Boo Approved members

    Jan 6, 2006
    I've got to agree with this train of thought. No reason not to give it a shot. Why would you not give it a try?

    Don't be afraid. Women have done this for thousands of years...and there are drugs available if you need them. Not necessary to be a martyr. As you said, it doesn't really matter how they get there, you just want a healthy baby.

    For the record I had 3 vaginal deliveries (no c-sections). The first with stadol to help take the edge off, the second with nothing (not by choice...he just came too fast), and with the third I tried the epidural, but got it a bit late (like 10 minutes before he arrived), so it didn't really take effect until after the birth (when I suddenly turned very numb...then got the epidural headache for the next two weeks).

    The pain during labor and childbirth is real (albeit managable). With my children's births, I virtually had no "recovery" to speak of, which I think was the best thing of all. (I know that is not the case with everyone)

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