OK, so I was in with my midwives yesterday and to bring people up to speed....I've had two previous sections (not by choice but by reasons that don't suggest a need for a third section) so I'm hoping for a VBAC.
It started out GREAT. In my town the OBs in the past have been very unsupportive of V2BAC but apparently two of them have switched within the year. (yea!). So, I have to get a letter from one of them saying that I"m a good candidate for a VBAC as when I go into labour, it's a crap shoot as to who of the 11 OBs in town will be on call in the hospital that day and some documentation to show that I've been seen by an OB is mandatory. But I'm reading this as "fantastic, supportive of V2BAC and I can do what I want and have my delivery (if all is well with me & babe) the way I would like to. Double yea!
Then this bombshell. Challenge is because my second baby was 8 lbs, the OB will refuse to let me go past my "due date" which means that my chances of having a vaginal delivery are pretty slim. I've never gone into labour before my due date, in fact with my second I was 5 days past and had to have a section due to low amniotic fluid. My first I started labour 10 days after my "due date".
So, my midwives says that they will start stretch & sweeps at 38 weeks to give me as much help as possible...but stretch & sweeps in the past have done nothing for me too.
I realize each pregnancy is different and there is nothing to say I won't have this baby before 40 weeks but to have a DATE on it is so stressful! I mean for goodness sake, it's a DAY. Who's to say my baby wasn't mean to hang out until 40 wks 4 days? Or 41 weeks? They basically will schedule a section on the 1st or 2nd of November so that it doesn't create more stress on me or baby (the OBs "thoughts", not mine)
GRRRRRR. How frustrating is this? It's not like pregnancy and waiting for labour can be intense enough but now with every hope in my pocket to be able to delivery vaginally, each day that passes getting closer to November 1st, I'll be more and more agitated. :(
Why can't, if all is healthy with mom & baby, they let a woman take things in course. I realize I could do this on my own if I really wanted to but b/c of the challenges we've had in the past, I do want support and I do want to deliver in a hospital. But they make it so politically difficult to do so that it really puts a ton of stress on us as we lead up to such an amazing time. Right?
OK, done ranting. Promise. Or at least until 38 weeks when the stress kicks in.... :)