I'm 39+2 with my third baby. My boys were both born by c-section. The first due to fetal distress after a failed induction and the second after 24+ hours of active labor with no dilation or engagement (attended first by a HB MW, then a family practice Dr.).
I've got a long list of reasons *not* to VBAC, but have still managed to find an OB who is on board and truly supportive. Unfortunately, the hospital environment he is in is much less supportive. We both feel like we've fought a battle to not have had my c/s at 39w just because I'm diabetic.
I'm a T1 diabetic, well-controlled with no complications, both my boys were large (one 9lb 2oz and one 10.5lbs) and that whole FTP thing. We were doing great and #3 is doing well by all accounts, but she has become persistently transverse. Until about a week ago she was unstable in her position switching between breech/transverse and oblique with an occasional foray to head down. She's not moved from the transverse position (except to oblique) in the last several days. I've tried Webster (several times), acupuncture, moxibustion, everything I could find on spinningbabies including writing Gail to no avail.
At the advice of another supportive OB, I scheduled an ECV yesterday. When my husband and I showed up, the OB that was scheduled to do it was less than supportive. He gave it less than a 40% chance of success (which as I understand, the success rate is much higher with transverse than breech, so that was just a lie), played the giant, dead baby card and all in all had nothing positive to say. He said he'd try it, but didn't really see the point. My feeling (having never had one) is that an ECV's success is pretty dependent on the commitment of the provider doing it, so we chose to leave.
I have an appointment with my OB today. I'd really like a chance at an ECV to at least try an labor on my own. I've had prodromal labor for several weeks now. Strong enough contractions that when I go in for NSTs they don't understand why I haven't transitioned to active labor yet. They are also picking up steam to where they are waking me up several times a night. Clearly, these haven't helped baby girl make the turn.
Writing this out, it looks like I should just assume I'm in labor, baby hasn't turned and have a 3rd c-section :(, but I'm so close to the situation and having a hard time finding people who have a voice of reason, I thought I'd put it out there for any other thoughts.
Thanks for reading!