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post #141 of 180

Doing good here.  Anxious to meet baby but enjoying my last few weeks of being pregnant at the same time, I know there will be moments once she's here that I'll fondly remember how easy and peaceful it was when she was still inside.  The paradox of being a parent, they make life so unspeakably wonderful and so chaotic at the same time! 

 

I'm reading Ina May Gaskin's book right now and I read the book with Heidi Reinhart and her husband.  I loved hearing from an OB the exact thoughts I've been having, it's nice to know that not all doctors prescribe to the "ask no questions" rule of medicine.  I always feel like doctors are so bound to follow the findings of their colleagues and predecessors that they aren't able to think for the themselves and go with their instincts as much as they should.  Afterall, some of the brightest minds are doctors, they should be allowed to think outside the box. 

post #142 of 180

Dear moms, I am really glad to have found this forum and to have read all your experiences!

i am new here (that's why I clicked on 'post a reply'), a mother of 2 boys (c/s) and we are expecting a little girl in November.

Until a few weeks ago, it was supposed to be a scheduled repeat cesarean...

now (for some weeks) I catch myself thinking more and more of a VBAC and have started reading and searching the internet. this is how I came accross your forum!

I was supposed to have a VBAC for the second baby and this is why we chose a Dr. who is famous for trying hard for VBACs. unfortunately, the baby wouldn't drop and as he was trying to get down, his head was hitting the uterus at a weaker point which, (as the Dr. saw during the cesarean) would have broken in the next hours.

as konayossie, the Dr. put his hand and saw that the sacral promontory was the cause for the baby not entering the birth canal.

Now that I read konayossie's story, I have become hopeful again. I really wish you that everything goes the way you dream of and that your hold your healthy baby in your arms soon!

Thank you.

post #143 of 180

Oh, and I wanted to ask, except for an experienced chiropractor (who is quite hard to find here I guess), what exercises would you suggest me to do in order to adjust my sacrum?

post #144 of 180
Hi Jeanette3!

It's interesting to know there are more women out there who have the "funky sacrum" problem--I've never met anyone IRL who knew about it outside of textbooks and I scoured the Internet with no luck after the OB's report. Check out the Birth Sense blog. She has a post about her client who VBACed after a cs with our diagnosis and then she also did a post where she answered some of my questions about what to do to better my chances of VBAC success. I'll try to come back later when I'm on a computer and post links.

What I've been told is that chiropractic is the best/only thing for it, as well as avoiding squatting exercises as they will encourage the sacrum to move forward. So I've been avoiding squatting since I found that out and doing biweekly chiro adjustments the entire pregnancy. Also probably a squatting position in labor is out for us, but hands and knees is ideal since we may have a higher risk of shoulder dystocia....Fingers crossed it works!
post #145 of 180

Konayossie, what do you think of the sacral release described on this page from Spinning Babies? Would that be helpful for mamas like you and Jeanette, or do you need more, um, emphatic adjustment of your sacrum? winky.gif

 

post #146 of 180

We have our first graduate! Congrats on your VBAC, Smurfy! love.gif

 

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I also want to say that as far as I'm concerned, this thread is a supportive place for mamas whose VBACs do not go the way they'd envisioned, and/or who deliver via repeat section. One bad thing about my so-called "failed" VBAC in 2008 was that I did not feel welcome to talk about it in my DDC. I felt like I was as the only one who "failed." So I am just putting that out there as we begin to deliver our babies.

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Oh thank you SO much!  It was tough and I was sure I wan't going to make it, so I don't fault anyone for a "failed" VBAC.  There were moments that it crossed my mind to just give up and let them do a c-section, but my midwife kept yelling at me and telling me that after having come so far with no epidural that would be ridiculous.  Keep positive everyone, if it's meant to be you'll do it, but there's no shame in having tried and "failed".
 

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We have our first graduate! Congrats on your VBAC, Smurfy! love.gif

 

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I also want to say that as far as I'm concerned, this thread is a supportive place for mamas whose VBACs do not go the way they'd envisioned, and/or who deliver via repeat section. One bad thing about my so-called "failed" VBAC in 2008 was that I did not feel welcome to talk about it in my DDC. I felt like I was as the only one who "failed." So I am just putting that out there as we begin to deliver our babies.



 

post #148 of 180

Congrats Smurfy!  My first VBAC was 36 + hours as well.  From what I can tell, a lot of first time VBAC's are slow.  Seems like the body knows it needs to go slow and gentle.  Usually after the first, they move on to regular times, like 12 hours or so.  :)  Congrats again!  joy.gif

post #149 of 180

Congratulations, Smurfy!! Oh, it's so encouraging to hear it worked out well for you! I can't wait to experience it!

post #150 of 180
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Absolutely this. 
 

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Originally Posted by Ms. B. Sprout View Post

We have our first graduate! Congrats on your VBAC, Smurfy! love.gif

 

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I also want to say that as far as I'm concerned, this thread is a supportive place for mamas whose VBACs do not go the way they'd envisioned, and/or who deliver via repeat section. One bad thing about my so-called "failed" VBAC in 2008 was that I did not feel welcome to talk about it in my DDC. I felt like I was as the only one who "failed." So I am just putting that out there as we begin to deliver our babies.



 

post #151 of 180

Yay Smurfy!  :)

 

And ditto... I even hate the term "failed vbac".  It's just so loaded.  :(  Not that there is a really great term for a CBAC, but so many women don't even want to try for a VBAC because their afraid of getting their hopes up and then having a CBAC anyway.  And I know in our ICAN group it's hard for women who have had a CBAC to come to meetings because they feel like everyone is going to judge them or try to figure out "what went wrong this time" and really, sometimes nothing "goes wrong"... a vaginal birth just isn't in the cards and that's life.  It happens, and there is NO blame.

 

So, no matter how our babes arrive, YAY!  HURRAY FOR US!  It's like the NPR story yesterday about the team that reached the superbowl four times in a row and lost each time... the coach said that of course it sucked to lose, but the way to avoid losing was to just not make it to the superbowl to begin with.  And that wasn't an option he wanted to take!  LOL  So really, if you think about it like that, just GETTING to the birth, no matter where it goes from there, is like making it into the Olympics/Finals/Superbowl.  It's a huge success!

post #152 of 180

Congrats Smurfy!

 

I need to start working on getting this baby to turn around -she really likes to be posterior. But part of me is in no rush either.

 

I agree, regardless of the outcome I want all of us VBAC-attempters to feel welcome. I do think some part of each of us is going to want to replay the "what if" game if we end up with a CBAC, and that's normal. talk and discussion about that can be good and healthy to help you process the birth, blame and all that, not so much.

 

the prodromal labor is starting to kick in . . . glad and not at the same time - because part of me gets the urge to get up and walk or rock to help move things along, and part of me is like whoa! it's not time yet! With DS, I'm pretty sure I didn't have any until around 38 weeks or so, and I am only 36 weeks (as of today! yay!) so maybe, just maybe, this baby will come close to her due date without going over too much.

 

 

Also have been trying to visual the birth a bit more. It's hard because since labor didn't really begin on its own (active labor anyway) with DS, I am feeling almost like a FTM as far as what to expect. I just don't know. OTOH, when making a birth plan, I have so many scenarios going through my head, it's hard to pin down things like monitoring, etc. Ideally, I'd like intermittent (and know that the practice and hospital will permit) but if for some reason I need continuous monitoring, and my water has broken on its own, I'm really not opposed to internal monitoring, it allows more mobility than EFM.  and mobility is very important to me. At least I know that being a VBAC I won't be given pitocin! one bonus, I guess. I was alot more absolute on my wishlist/birthplan for my first baby and saw all those things go down the toilet with an induction, so I am pretty flexible on most things. How are all of you on your birthplans?

post #153 of 180

Congratulations, Smurfy!!

 

And thanks for the words of wisdom from you ladies who've BTDT on VBAC/CBAC. I am scared to put too much time and effort into prepping for my birth or visualizing it like I did last time in case of disappointment again. Hopefully that won't come back to bite me! I'm hoping Hypnobabies works for those who are doing it half-heartedly as I am. ROTFLMAO.gif

post #154 of 180
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 I'm hoping Hypnobabies works for those who are doing it half-heartedly as I am. ROTFLMAO.gif


lol.gif I hear ya. I am not expecting a pain-free, or even reduced-pain, birth experience. I am mostly just using it to give me some positive language/feelings about birthing.

 

 

Akind1, I've had internal monitoring before, and it does allow you a lot of freedom of movement. It actually worked out much better for me than the external monitors (but up until I decided to go for it, it was one of those interventions that I *never* thought I would do). And congrats on your contractions! I have been having some warm-up contractions, too -- my first ones ever in three pgs! I am just loving feeling my body actually getting ready. I know prodromal labor is an irritation for some women, but I like it.

post #155 of 180

I had the internal monitoring with my first (induction w/ pitocin, so continuous monitoring was a must) and while I know infection is an issue, I needed to be up and out of bed more! so it's one of those things I'm willing to give a little on.  I figure the more flexible about somethings I am, the more willing the staff may be to work with me on others.

 

None of my prodromal labor kicked into real labor with my first (hence induction) so I'm curious/nervous about how "real" labor will start. and when! I 'm not ready for like, tomorrow, but you know, I'd love sooner than later!

post #156 of 180

My ICAN leader and sweet friend gave me a pendant that says "Be Kind to Yourself," and has the cesarean awareness ribbon on it. I strung it on my birth beads from this DDC. It bears keeping in mind.

 

I am having ctx irregularly, but no other labor signs. My last 2 pgs I was seriously on the clock to deliver by 42, but not so much this time. I still feel good, and I figure I can go awhile before having this baby. 39+4 today. smile.gif

post #157 of 180
Fingers crossed that prodromal labor is a good sign for you and you'll be in full-fledged labor soon, Ms. B Sprout. Love the pendant saying!

I've had tons of irregular contrax this weekend, but hoping for works' sake to hold off for 2-3 more weeks. Using the holiday to fInish up some projects for baby and house, and the contrax have made sewing so much harder!

Found out I'm GB neg at my last appt and babe feels to be laying more upright than to the side--mw says he's getting in a good position. Yah!
post #158 of 180

I'm really behind on checking any of the threads lately, baby has me all tied up!  She's a good baby though, if I let her she'd be sleeping through the night already, really hope this isn't a phase. 

 

Just wanted to jump in on the baby positions.  Mine was posterior all through labor, the midwife said we could use the birthing ball at the hospital to work on that but just try some pulsatilla and all fours positions in the meantime.  Well the only position I found comfortable to get through the contractions was either all fours or leaning over, most times I'd grab DH's hands and just hang down while gripping his hands tightly, and he'd hold me to keep me so my stomach was parallel to the floor.  Apparently that was my body's way of getting in the right position and it worked because baby turned by the time I was ready to push.

 

You know it's wierd, all this time I thought this would be my last baby, and it may still be.  During labor, and especially pushing, I swore I would never go through that again.  Now that it's over I keep thinking I'd like another try to see if I could handle it better.  I must be insane!

post #159 of 180

havn't been very active here, but just wanted to pop my big ol' belly in and say hi again, we are planning a hba3c any day now.  today I am going to scrub the bathrooms on my hands and knees!

post #160 of 180

Konayossie, congrats on being GBS negative and baby getting in a good position. thumb.gif Great news!

 

Smurfy, thanks for telling us about your posterior labor. It's impressive to me that y'all got that baby turned around even with your water broken. smile.gif

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