My DS was born in 2008, and only having "What to Expect..." as my pregnancy reference, I had no idea that it was perfectly normal for a pregnancy to go past the "due date", or to disagree with your OB. So, on my "due date", my OB told me that he would give me a week. A week later, my son still wasn't born, so he scheduled a c-section. I was disappointed that I didn't have a vaginal birth, even though I was planning for an epidural, etc.
Fast forward to 2009, I found out I was pregnant again, and that my DD's due date was pretty much the same day my son was born, just 2 years later. I was thrilled, but REALLY wanted to try for a vaginal birth. I went with a CNM this time, and thought I did everything right. I actually gained a LOT of weight during my pregnancy, and on my daughter's due date, my CNM checked my blood pressure and it was really high. He sent me into the hospital for monitoring and a couple of tests, and they diagnosed me (without having 100% confirmation) as probably having pre-eclampsia. They gave me 2 options, repeat c-section or induction. Looking back on it, the hospital staff really scared me into having the baby that night. Since I really wanted a vaginal birth, I chose the induction.
My midwife inserted a foley bulb, which came out on its own, and I was given pitocin and later an epidural. At around 4-5 cm., my labor stalled (surprise?), so my midwife broke my water. Maybe an hour later, I was in a lot of pain, and I knew something was wrong. I had the epidural, but it almost felt like a hard contraction that wasn't letting up. I was rushed in to the OR and given a c-section. The OB who operated on me told me that my old scar had opened up about the size of a quarter, and the pain was coming from the fluid that went out of the hole into my abdomen, irritating my organs. So it wasn't a catastrophic rupture, and it wasn't even very large (but heck yes, it was painful).
The OB also told me that if I were to have another baby, it would be a definite c-section, which would be scheduled for a date as soon as an amnio test proved the baby's lungs to be mature.
The thing is, we are planning to have another baby in the near future, and I would love to get one more chance to have a VBAC. I don't want to be reckless and stupid, but I honestly think that the circumstances surrounding my uterine rupture really were a "perfect storm", so to speak, that really decreased my chances of a favorable outcome. Being obese, eating poorly and not exercising at all, plus being induced were all problematic.
Do you all think it's crazy talk for me to consider a VBAC after a uterine rupture (and 2 sections)?