I am 7 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and I am planning on a vbac. There will only be 17 months in between my previous c-section and vbac and there are so many people telling me I won't be able to choose a vbac because they require at least 18 months in between. Is this true? Is there anyone on here who has had a successful vbac under 18 months after their c-section? I have my heart set on a vbac and I will be heartbroken if I am not at least given the chance to vbac. Thanks for your support!
VBAC less than 18mo after c-section
Many providers have a preference for 18-24 months between births, but you can still VBAC with less. As a doula, I had a client have a successful VBAC with just over 12 months between births. If 17 months vs. 18 months is a deal-breaker for a provider supporting your VBAC then he/she isn't really VBAC supportive and it is better to find that out now and find a better provider.
My VBAC was just under 12 months after my C-section and it all went fine. I had mine in 1990, though, when the accepted wisdom was to try for VBAC if at all possible. My doctor and I went all through my pregnancy with the goal of VBAC and we succeeded. Finding the right health care provider will be key.
I had a HBAC 15 months after my c/s. I was told lots of different things by different people, but in the end the decision is yours to make. I had an amazing birth with DS2 after all the drama of DS1's birth.
The key for me was finding a CP that believed in my ability to birth, and learning how to relax my body during labor.