This is my first post in this forum, but I wish I had come here for support long ago. I am getting close to my due date and I feel like my birth plan is slipping through my fingers. :(
I am currently 37wks with my second child. My son was born by CS four years ago at 37 weeks when my doctor was concerned about HELPP syndrome and potential pre-eclampsia. I had rapidly climbing blood pressure and I felt awful. DS happened to be in footling breech presentation and we hadn't had time to do a version yet, so CS it was. So be it. I was disappointed, but came out of it with a healthy boy at 6 lb 7 oz.
This time, I said from the beginning I wanted to do a VBAC and both doctors in the practice were very supportive, especially since the only reason for doing the CS was that DS was breech.
But as the pregnancy has gone on, it seems like the doctors keep "mentioning" the possibility of C-sections. I started noticing it especially from one doctor (there are two in the practice) at about 32 weeks or so. He kept asking me at every visit, "So how are we delivering this baby?" and I had to remind him yet again of my wishes. It was very subtle at first, so I didn't think too much of it.
Well here I am at 37.5 weeks and the last 5 weeks or so it's like they are LOOKING for things to go wrong! I mentioned I had a rash on my belly and they sent me to get my liver enzymes checked. I am "measuring large" so they wanted me to go for an ultrasound. The ultrasound then found that I have excess amniotic fluid and estimated that the baby was almost 8 pounds, which I KNOW this OB is going to make a big deal out of, since he said a "10-lb baby" would be one of the reasons he'd want to do another CS. (By the way, I called today and learned that the amniotic fluid index was 25, which according to what I've read online is the upper limit of normal.)
My sister, who is due a week before me, is planning a home birth with a midwife and while I thought at first that was not for me, I am starting to get envious and angry at myself for not exploring the option sooner. This pregnancy has really been quite comfortable for me, compared to the last one (I am no longer at a stressful job) but it feels like it's been one doctor's appointment or blood test after another to rule out different complications. No wonder healthcare is so expensive in this country! I'm afraid to open my mouth lest they send me for some new test.
I'm going to see the other OB (the one who doesn't seem as CS-happy) next week and see what he says about the U/S and in the meantime I've been trying to eat a high-protein, high-fiber diet in case the "excess" amniotic fluid and "large" baby size is related to borderline GD issues. Any homeopathic remedies or stories of similar experiences would be gratefully appreciated!!
Sorry for the rant! Has anyone had this experience before? Were you able to work with your doctor, or is a sympathetic midwife the only way to get a VBAC in this country (U.S.)?
Thanks for listening,