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how many VBAC mamas do we have here?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I feel like I've seen a lot in the intro thread and the birth plans thread!

 

This birth will be my 3rd vbac, my first was a cesarean for breech, because I didn't know I had other options.  Both of my subsequent births were unmedicated hospital vbacs (with a different doctor).  

 

I'm very involved with ICAN - chapter officer locally and served on the national Board of Directors for two years - and I love hearing about women's journeys and hopefully being able to help them in any way I can. smile.gif  

 

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post #2 of 15

I am a VBAC mom.  My first 2 births were csections.  My next 2 were hospital vbacs. My last three were HBACs :)   The biggest factor in not having any more csections after my second child, was getting away from my cutting happy doctors, and getting a midwife!

post #3 of 15

Thats amazing Lisa!!!

 

I am going to have a VBAC!

 

Interviewed one midwife yesterday who I really liked. She had such light in her eyes and a 100% success rate for VBAC in the past 10 years of her keeping track.

 

Meeting with another highly recommended midwife this afternoon.

 

Im hoping to pick one in the next week. I need the grounding. Im just too excited and hyped up right now.

 

Its great to hear about all the success stories. I know that it is whats best for me and my baby. Cant wait!

post #4 of 15

Currently planning an HBAC with #2. My son was born via emergency c-section. He had severe shoulder dystocia, was sunny-side up, and had the cord wrapped around his shoulders. He went into distress because his cord was getting squeezed between my body and his during contractions and the only thing that made him feel better was for me to lie flat on my back with my feet in the air(not an optimal position). I had been in labor for 28 hours and pushing for four of those. So for the benefit of all, he exited the cave via the manmade entrance as opposed to the natural one. He also weighed 4.4kg and had a 37cm head. Otherwise a completely normal pregnancy and labor :)

post #5 of 15

I am a VBAC momma!  My first was a c-section for breech presentation also.  Unfortunately for me he ruptured my membranes with his foot and had one leg up and one down- probably one of the worst breech presentations.  My OB at the time was frustrated that they didn't catch it, she said they would have attemped an external version had they known he was breech.  She also told me she would have done a trial of labor if he had presented in a more favorable position.  I guess I can at least know it was pretty neccessary. 

 

My first VBAC turned out to be 9 lb 14 oz with a 15.75 inch head! (40 cm).  I got an epidural with him, which was a HUGE mistake.  12 hours of labor and a 2.5 hour pushing stage...not fun.  He was breech at term and they did an external version at 37.5 weeks.

 

Second VBAC was also pretty big at 8 lb 15 oz.  SHe was turned by external version at 37.5 weeks.  THen I went on to have a med free birth with her.  My labor with her was about 3.5- 4 hours.

 

Third VBAC was also pain med free, but they did do too many interventions.  Most were my 'fault' because I allowed myself to be bullied.  Which is why I went iwth midwives for my 5th pregnancy.  She was the only one to turn on her own with the help of a Webster trained chiropractor and the various breech turning techniques available in the internet.  She was 8 lb 4 oz.  Once 'real' labor, actual active labor set in, at around 2-2:30, her labor was again about 4 hours.

 

My 5th pregnancy was an induced VBAC at 24 weeks.  THe labor was about 11 hours, but did really get intense until the last 2-3 hours or so.  This was the first time I had truly supportive providers.  My midwives were awesome!  I wish the pregnancy would have had a better outcome.

 

I would love to have midwives again, but since we moved to AK things are different.  We shall see next week what my options are. 

post #6 of 15

I'm a vbac'er too. This will be my first. Dd is 15 mo so the c-section is still pretty fresh for me. I'm very scared, and looking into moving near the end of my pregnancy to a larger city about 4 hours away so that should I need to transfer to the hospital or even have another c section I will have more right, be able to keep baby with me in recovery etc. A lot of what we suffered was due to the midwives being new in our community and the backward hospital. Also my favorite m/w has moved to the city and I hope to continue care with her.

post #7 of 15

I am also planning an HBAC. My daughter was born via c-section because of fetal distress, and I was only 4-5cm dilated and they wouldn't let me continue to labor.  The cord was wrapped around her neck twice and there was lots of meconium. I've chosen a midwife and now trying to find a dr for a backup. Not that I think I need a dr, but if for some reason I had to transfer I don't want the stress of having some unknown hospital staff treat me poorly. I had a bad experience at the hospital last time around (not with my dr but with the nurses and the pediatrician) and it terrifies me.

post #8 of 15

tiphat.gif HBAC hopeful mama here too!

post #9 of 15

My second was a VBAC and I'm hoping for another with #3.  My first two were born overseas at military hospitals (I was blessed with a very progressive Dr. that encouraged me to try VBAC for #2).  Very typical high tech deliveries with both.  This time we are back in the States and I'm hoping to deliver at a birthing center with a midwife.

post #10 of 15
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I'm a vbac'er too. This will be my first. Dd is 15 mo so the c-section is still pretty fresh for me. I'm very scared, and looking into moving near the end of my pregnancy to a larger city about 4 hours away so that should I need to transfer to the hospital or even have another c section I will have more right, be able to keep baby with me in recovery etc. A lot of what we suffered was due to the midwives being new in our community and the backward hospital. Also my favorite m/w has moved to the city and I hope to continue care with her.


My first VBAC, also. DS is 18 months and I'm pretty scared. I'm not scared that my body can't do it, I'm just scared that something will go wrong with this baby and I'll need another c-section. Thankfully I had a very positive experience despite the circumstances! Also happy to know that there are women here in the same boat as me :)

 

post #11 of 15
HBAC'er here too. I have 21 month old twins that were sectioned due to preeclampsia and breech/ transverse presentations. We just found out were pregnant today, due Jan. 30th. We did IVF to get pregnant with my b/g twins, and this time just tried for a couple months. I think going gluten free has helped. Excited to be here and get to know you mamas over the next several months!

Congrats to all of you...

Warmly,
Tara

Doula, yoga teacher, mama to Poet and Lyon, born 8/27/09
post #12 of 15

UBAC'er here. :) DS1 was via cesarean because I didn't go into labour on their schedule after my water broke. Ds2 & DS3 were UBAC's. One land, one water. Would really like another water birth, but I guess we'll see what happens.

post #13 of 15

I am planning a VBA2C.  My first was due to severe malposition.  My second was a planned VBAC turned CBAC that was due to "failure to wait" and lack of support.  I live in north Louisiana and will be traveling to a birth center in east Texas.  I just attended the ICAN conference in St. Louis and am working on getting a chapter started here.  I'm "due" Jan 27th so I'm planning for late Jan or early Feb.  Luckily we don't have bad winters here so I'm not too worried about the weather and traveling nearly 100 miles. 

 

I'm planning to do the Hypnobabies home course and lots of swimming & yoga.  I'm a DONA trained birth doula (I own my own business) and WIC breastfeeding peer counselor coordinator.  We have no real childbirth education classes in my area.  I'm planning to become a Lamaze certified CBE and hoping to attend their conference in Ft. Worth this fall.  We don't have many options here.  I'm one of a handful of doulas within a 60 mile radius. 

 

I'd love to hear others VBAC success stories.  I also love to hear what others are doing to plan for their VBAC.  I have the EMAB VBAC guided meditation cd and a few others I used last time.  I know I can do this with the right support team in place. 

 

Brandi

Deep South Doula 

post #14 of 15

I guess I'm a VBAC'er too!  First was c/s - ds was breech but I was fortunate enough to have an ob who didn't shy away from them and encouraged me to deliver vaginally, however, after 2.5 hours of pushing and him not budging, we went with the c/s.  

My second was a vbac, but since he was only 2.5 lbs and a preemie I was told it "didn't count as a real vbac".  (grrrr.  my stitches told me otherwise)

My third was a hbac.  It was awesome!  

With this one we're planning on another homebirth.

 

I have a question, am I still considered vbac?  At what point can I just be "birthing"?  I never considered myself a vbac with this pregnancy until I saw this thread and thought, "hmm, oh yeah, maybe I am?".  Thoughts?  

post #15 of 15

We get considered as having VBAC for every baby, unfortunately. Annoying.

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