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VBAC in Tucson - help!

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Hi. I'm new here and have a question. I recently found out I'm pregnant with baby #2. My DD is 9 months old and was born via c-section. The local hospital here has a VBAC ban so my only option is the go to Tucson (80 miles) away to have a VBAC. I've heard Dr. Maciulla is a great doctor will take VBAC patients, however, I'd like a doctor with a local office. The OB group I found with a local office attends births at TMC, but so far I don't know if they will accept VBAC patients. I'm hoping someone hear knows something about the docs at the Obstetrix Group in Tucson. Thanks!
post #2 of 31
I'm confused. Macuila and obstetrix are both in Tucson.

Have you thought of contacting the birth center? They used to do VBACs. I don't know if they still do. They're not local to where you are, but they are midwives.
post #3 of 31
Thread Starter 
LOL! Obstetrix has a local office in Sierra Vista so I could do my prenatal appointments there. Sorry for the confusion. I did hear back from Obstetrix today and they do attend VBACs and I would only have to go to Tucson a few times for prenatal appointments.

The Tucson Birth Center does attend VBACs however, only at TMC, not at the actual birth center. I have considered them too.

Has anyone had a successful VBAC with the Obstetrix group docs?

Thanks!
post #4 of 31
I was told by one of the OBX doctors that she was the doctor, and I would do what she said. She said that she knew better than me, and if she came in and said I need a c-section, than there wasn't going to be any discussion, that she was going to wheel me down to OR, and I was going to get my section. She further elaborated that if I showed up with my breech baby "crowning" that she would "shove him back up there" and wheel me down to OR. She also told me that I could have a doula, sure, but that I needed to remember that my doula's job was to fetch my ice chips, and that she was the dr... and I needed to do what she said. She made it clear that there would be no discussions regarding eating during labor, the use of a heplock as opposed to full IV, constant vs intermittitent monitoring - I was getting it all, no negotiations. Oddly enough, she later told my midwife what a wonderful person I was, and how lovely my dh and I were.

I'm currently trying to switch to Maciulla.

It should also be noted that I'm not doing a "normal" birth - I am going to be delivering a preterm breech baby. They might not say the same things to a full term VBAC.
post #5 of 31
I interviewed with an MD at obstetrix for a job as a RN doing research into smoking cessation during pregnancy. Could have been an interesting job but it became very clear that he and I had very different philosophies on birth. I intentionally sabotaged the interview by telling him my low intervention philosophies. Needless to say, I did not get a call back.

Macciula (or however you spell it) did my amnio. He's got an outgoing sense of humor. Typically I won't see a man for ob care but for an amnio I only wanted whoever had the absolute best technical skills. He's the one that my sources indicated.

I delivered at the birth center. It was a great experience.
post #6 of 31
They keep telling me that the guy at the top of OBX is "better" with midwifery care and the low intervention stuff, but I'm not sure I believe it.

The person I spoke to was most definitely not.

I've heard the Maciulla has an "interesting" sense of humor, but at this point, if it means not getting cut open to deliver another breech baby (I've already delivered one premature breech vaginally) I just don't care. I'm not a candidate for a version, because of the prematurity issues - no one will do a version before 37 weeks... that's still 6 weeks away, and I'm dilated to 1-2, and fully effaced. And he can't be as offensive as the OBX doc, who looked at my frequent diflucan rx and asked - repeatedly - if I was *sure* I wasn't HIV+, and then turned to my dh and asked him the same thing.
post #7 of 31
well, my water is broke, and I'm at TMC, so i probably won't ever get to UMC. And naturally, he's still breech.

Not in labor, just stuck here until he's born.
post #8 of 31
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well, my water is broke, and I'm at TMC, so i probably won't ever get to UMC. And naturally, he's still breech.

Not in labor, just stuck here until he's born.
You have the right to a hospital transfer.

You're 31 weeks right? Are they able to keep your baby cooking?
post #9 of 31
Not going to make it through the night - my contractions are less than 5 minutes apart, I'm bleeding, nauseous, etc. I was trying to sleep, but I can't sleep through the contractions anymore. It's hard enough to deal with all the damn monitors & IV, but the contractions are hellish. They won't check, because it's not recommended to do any exams with PPROM. We'll see what happens. With the last one, I was sleeping and next thing you know, he was born, just sort of slid out with no warning... Maybe I'll get to avoid a c-section that way? lol
post #10 of 31
I am sorry that you did not get the birth you hoped for I delivered at UMC and wished I had delivered at TMC. UMC was a complete nightmare start to finish and my birth was the last time I ever used UMC for any sort of health care need. Congratulation's on your new little one, if you can take advantage of the post birth in room massage therapy.
post #11 of 31
Keep us up to date. Good luck. Have they given you steroids?

I'm holding you and your little one in my thoughts. I hope all goes well. Sending you mature lungs and healthy baby vibes.
post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 
Gosh, now I'm confused. I met with one of the docs from Obstetrix for a consultation yesterday and she said I was a good candidate for VBAC but she did tell me of their 41 week deadline or a RCS. Ugh. When I asked why the 41 week rule she didn't give me a good explanation.

Maybe I should have gone with Maciulla instead.
post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by DMG8 View Post
Gosh, now I'm confused. I met with one of the docs from Obstetrix for a consultation yesterday and she said I was a good candidate for VBAC but she did tell me of their 41 week deadline or a RCS. Ugh. When I asked why the 41 week rule she didn't give me a good explanation.

Maybe I should have gone with Maciulla instead.
So schedule an appt. with him and decide who you like best.
post #14 of 31
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So schedule an appt. with him and decide who you like best.
I think I'm going to do that.

Does anyone know whether St. Joe's in Tucson allows VBACs? I've heard great things about St. Joe's and Copperstate OBGYN.
post #15 of 31
I was supposed to deliver at the birth center, but my daughter was breech with double nuchal cord. I ended up with a c-section at TMC. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. TMC nurses were awesome. They implemented my birth plan 100%. My daughter had no vax's no nursery time, no bath, we breastfed and co-slept while in the hospital and all I got was praise.
post #16 of 31
OP, have you found a provider yet for your VBAC?

I have to 2nd the recommendation of Dr. Maciulla. He may be a bit, uniquie, but I've had several clients achieve successful VBAC's with him, even VBAC twins. We've also been able to achieve intermittant monitoring during labor with him. Mamma and I walked circles around the L&D Unit, she'd be monitored for 20 mins and we'd resume walking. She continued that pattern until just before she started pushing.
post #17 of 31
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I think I'm going to do that.

Does anyone know whether St. Joe's in Tucson allows VBACs? I've heard great things about St. Joe's and Copperstate OBGYN.
Last I heard, St. Joe's was not "allowing" vbacs. It could have changed, but I haven't had anyone deliver VBAC there in the recent past.
post #18 of 31
DoulaAngie is the one who initially recommended Maciulla to me, but I've heard from others that he is just as awesome - and unique - as she says.
post #19 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DoulaAngie View Post

OP, have you found a provider yet for your VBAC?

I have to 2nd the recommendation of Dr. Maciulla. He may be a bit, uniquie, but I've had several clients achieve successful VBAC's with him, even VBAC twins. We've also been able to achieve intermittant monitoring during labor with him. Mamma and I walked circles around the L&D Unit, she'd be monitored for 20 mins and we'd resume walking. She continued that pattern until just before she started pushing.


I'm currently with Obstetrix but I'm still thinking about switching.  The further along I get (I'm 17 weeks) the more worried I get about their rules (won't let me go past 41 weeks and won't induce).  do you know if Maciulla has a rule about this?  Will he allow VBAC patients to go past 41 weeks?  And will he induce VBACs instead of saying "Oh well, guess you need a c-section"?  I really want to avoid another c-section.  

 

Also, can you recommend a good doula?  Are there any in the Sierra Vista area?  So far my search hasn't turned up any, otherwise I'll go with one in Tucson since that's where I will deliver anyway.  

 

THANKS! 

post #20 of 31

DMG,

I've had Maciulla use pitocin on a VBAC, she had rupture of membranes and no ctx. 

 

I have a lot of VBAC experience and I'm located in Tucson.

There was a student doula in in SV but I'm not sure where's she's at or what she's doing at this point. 

I think that your gut is leading you in a "good" direction.  ;O)

 

PMed this to you as well as posted.

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