I am trying to decide whether or not to attempt a VBAC. I have to admit that I am now leaning towards the repeat c-section, though, which surprises me. I've been posting my concern on a some message boards in hope of more information, but I just don't know if it is out there.
I have one child and he was born by c-section. It started as natural labor, but then he became stuck in my pelvis, apparently.
At first I was really considering a VBAC, but now I am leaning more towards the elective, repeat c-section because I have read so many terrible stories about VBAC ruptures. And it is so strange...maybe I am doing something wrong...but I cannot find one story on a repeat c-section where the healthy baby died.
It's strange because I know that the given statistics are that repeat c-section are more dangerous than a vaginal birth for both mom and baby. But I haven't even found one person saying 'their friend's baby' or 'their sister's baby' , etc. I know it doesn't necessarily mean anything because there must be some, but it kind of alarms me and makes me think the statistics for repeat c-section are also including unhealthy mothers and babies.
Now granted, I have found posts about the mother's dying during repeat c-sections, but I am particulary looking for information for the babies. I only ever see people giving the statistics that have been reported.
Does anyone have any ideas about this?
I am truly kind of puzzled.
Oh, I should mention while I'm thinking about it, that while I am having a hard time find any personal stories about RCS death of a healthy baby, I have read all the statistics and I do still think that VBAC is an excellent choice for some people. I don't think it's crazy at all for some people to try it. I'm really just questioning it for me because of my last labor. I know that even with my history, I still could succeed, but I just don't know that I'm willing to take that chance.- especially because of the stories that I have read- I feel I might be in more danger of that happening than some other people.
My last labor, I got to 10cm and was at the pushing stage, but felt no urge- only a terrible, unrelenting feeling in my back that was inescapable. The doctor said it was because my son was stuck in my pelvis. She is supportive of either VBAC or c-section, but says that it is probably more likely to repeat with me than with someone who didn't have that problem or who has had a previous vaginal birth.
Someone mentioned to me that if you are looking for horror stories, you will find them. And that is just it. I have been looking and looking on both sides and I haven't come across any horror story deaths from RECS for a healthy baby- you would think someone would be talking about. But I have run across the VBAC horror stories and sometimes it upsets me even more because some of the mothers do not regret their choice and even go on to say they had a successful VBAC because the baby eventually emerged- though not alive. I guess I am just disturbed right now...the more I read, the more disturbed I get. But, I should also add that I have never felt a desire to need a vaginal birth- I know some do feel that strong urge.