wow! what a story. Our stories have some similarities. I was planning a hbac as well, but ended up transferring late in labor because baby was having some serious heart rate decelerations. My midwives and I were sure I would be having a cbac, but I ended up with a vbac! I also had supportive, respectful hospital staff and that made all the difference. I am glad you feel at peace and happy with your birth, even though it didn't go as planned.
The birth of Emre Isaiah McClane--HBAC turned CBAC (POSITIVE, BUT VERY LONG) - Page 2
FTM, i was thinking the exact same thing when I read your story and almost commented on that in your thread, but I did not want to hijack it!!! The only difference was that my baby's heart tones were fine the whole time, I just got freaked out by how quickly transition came on after laboring for 2 days so slowly! I really think I could have had a successful vbac in the hospital, but I was really too panicked and consented to a c/s. Next time, I will be going for an hba2c!
We must have been reading and posting on each others stories at the same time, law mama. It sounds to me like you could have had a VBAC at the hospital too, but I am glad you are still content with having had another cesarean. I am so glad you got such an awesome o.b! I think it's great that you are wanting to give it another shot by trying for a hba2c. I really admire women who try for a VBAC after multiple cesareans. My husband and I may be done having children, but may also consider one more, and if I do have another, I would plan another home birth, and feel confident that if nothing unexpected occurs (like the heart rate decels we had this time) that I could have a home birth. I think it would be a lot easier for me mentally with a successful VBAC experience already. In some ways I would feel silly planning my third home birth ( I planned a home birth with my c/s baby as well), but my midwives and their care was so incredible that I would want that again. They gave so much of themselves too me, and I totally loved them. I am especially attached and bonded with one of my midwives, and would totally want her again for any future birth, but she has retired from midwifery, so unfortunately I couldn't hire her again. I'm trying to tell myself that I don't need to think about this right now, we would want to wait a few years anyway. I'm also trying to remind myself of the pain of labor, as it is already fading, and when I was in labor, and right after my son was born, I felt sure I never wanted to go through that again! How fast that memory fades and the good part remains!
FTTM, i am nak but i just want to say i could have written this post! lol down to the bonded with my mw part (except mine is not retiring thank goodness), already thinking about the next one (I don't think we are done), the pain fading, confidence in achieving the hb w/o the unexpected (and I would NOT panic this time lol), etc.