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surgeon told friend "I'd be happy to VBAC with you" <3

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Not sure if this is where to put this, but wanted to share.

I'm just right now.

One of my best friends had her son yesterday. She was 41 weeks 2 days. Everything looked wonderful throughout the whole pregnancy. Was going to birth with midwives in a hospital setting with sights set on a natural birth.

Then at her BPP at 41 weeks, the baby had flipped breech (and in a bizarre position) and her fluid was low. She was beyond disappointed but scheduled her cesarean for the next day. From what I was told, there wasn't a chance for a vaginal breech birth based on his wacky position, but even if there was I don't blame for her being hesitant to attempt such a thing with her first baby. (I know others feel differently on this, but I think its a reasonable choice and I would have chosen the same personally while I do respect that it can be safely done under the right conditions).

Her surgeon who did her section was so amazing and attentive. They tried an external cephalic version first. When it didn't work, the doc kissed her on the cheek and said "I'm really sorry. I really wanted that to work." She felt so nurtured and cared for. When they did the section, she told my friend "I'm doing your scar so that you can VBAC next time and I'd be happy to be your doctor for a VBAC."

They also put the baby to the breast immediately after he was born while they stitched her. She is totally bonded to and in love with her baby and I think all of this helped her with that bonding.

I was worried and fretting today about her recovery and am now over the moon to discover that they've made the best of a difficult situation.

Just wanted to share.
XOXO
B
post #2 of 12
That IS really refreshing to hear. Sounds like this doc is a true gem! Glad you're friend has him!
post #3 of 12
This sounds like a really wonderful doc! There are a few out there. I wish we could clone them. Thanks for sharing!!
post #4 of 12
It sounds well and good, but I almost think that he was in the wrong. I mean, there's no reason she couldn't have given birth naturally to a breech baby. I guess time will tell when she's ready to have her next!
post #5 of 12
The OP says the baby was in a "bizarre" position. Some breeches are easier than others.
post #6 of 12
Sounds like a great doctor. I hope your friend is healing well.

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Originally Posted by writteninkursive View Post
It sounds well and good, but I almost think that he was in the wrong. I mean, there's no reason she couldn't have given birth naturally to a breech baby. I guess time will tell when she's ready to have her next!
If you read the OP it sounds like mom was not comfortable and the baby was in a poor breech position. Not all breech babies line up perfectly for the ideal vaginal breech birth.
post #7 of 12
Can we have a name (and city, state) for this doctor? I think positive recommendations are invaluable.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Laohaire,

I believe the doctor's practice is closed to new patients and only works with existing patients. My friend will be considered an existing patient.

Her name is Dr. Damila Dryden. Women's Specialists of Houston at St. Luke's.

She has been mentioned for VBACs on MDC before. I've seen her name in our tribal area.

XOXO
B
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by wills_mom View Post
Not all breech babies line up perfectly for the ideal vaginal breech birth.
True! Not even all vertex babies line up perfectly. My MW says I have a big pelvis, but for as lovely as it is my first daughter simply couldn't get out vaginally. Her poor little head was super tilted. It's possible a different care provider would have done some maneuver to move her into a better position, but I'm thinking it might have been very difficult and maybe not all that safe either.
post #10 of 12
I have heard lovely things about Dr. Dryden over and over and over and I'm in Tennessee! LOL
post #11 of 12
awesome! Dryden used to be my doc, but I switched because I didn't like the long wait time (she is extremely popular and I always had to wait forever).

It changes from month to month whether she's accepting new patients. Sometimes she is and sometimes not.
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Originally Posted by Ammaarah View Post
True! Not even all vertex babies line up perfectly. My MW says I have a big pelvis, but for as lovely as it is my first daughter simply couldn't get out vaginally. Her poor little head was super tilted. It's possible a different care provider would have done some maneuver to move her into a better position, but I'm thinking it might have been very difficult and maybe not all that safe either.
I totally agree! My first was vertex, but at an angle and wanted to come forehead first. Couple that with the infection I was fighting, there just wasn't time to give him time to reposition. My second was transverse/breech and kind of came in a partial frank breech at an angle, one butt cheek first. The surgeon had a hell of a time dislodging him like that. She was calling for a third OB (she had an assistant) to help get him out when he finally popped free. I keep praying this little one (well, big one) can line up right. Not counting on it, lol.
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