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VBAC /UBAC mama roll call!

Poll Results: What kind of birth are you planning (or rather, plan A ;) )

 
  • 100% (8)
    VBAC -Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
  • 0% (0)
    UBAC - Unassisted Birth After Cesearean
  • 0% (0)
    CBAC - Cesearean Birth After Cesearean
  • 0% (0)
    I've never heard of any of these but wanna chat anyway!
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Hi there VBAC mamas!  I thought it would be fun to do a roll call and see who is going to VBAC this DDC.  Share your birth story and your most helpful birth resource :) 

 

Birth story: My first baby was breech, and while my OB had agreed to let me try a breech birth, whoever signed me into the hospital ward decided that no such thing was going to happen on her Sunday afternoon.  I had a very nice doc and a very stupid nurse and a very serious case of IV PTSD when all was said and done.  However, even if I had been able to have a "natural" birth with DD1, no way I'd have made it with DD2. We interveiwed 5 hospitals and eventually planned a homebirth for DD2.  Finally she was due.  For two weekends we called the midwives, set up the birth tub, and dialated another 2 cm. Then life went on for the rest of the week.  This would not have gone over well at any hospital so we were pretty confident G_d had directed us to the right plan.  Then came the third weekend.  I woke up from a nap while DH was out with our only car, to one serious contraction.  45 minutes later (only about 15 minutes of which was DH actually home), out came a screaming baby to pair with this screaming mama.  Even if the first two weekends we'd been let go, I'd still have had a UBAC, only out in the greeny grass on the hill to the hospital (what a blessing we missed that!).  It was the most freeing experience.  And the midwife was there in 5 minutes to check on me and life went on, but I'm still feeling empowered by it so I had to share :).   I don't consider this baby to be a VBAC, just my plain, undramatic (but hopefully equally fast) birth.

 

Most helpful resource: "obstetric myths versus research realities", by henci goer.  Very close second place goes to my local ICAN group.

post #2 of 17

I have found a lot of great information on vbacfacts.org. I'm planning an HBAC with the same midwives I had the first time. I had denial of labor and thus didn't ask for the MW early enough, my water broke after transition, my son's feet fell out, and long story short we took an ambo ride to the hospital for a c-section. He was vertex throughout my pregnancy, but he had turned in early labor.

 

No one was at fault and the only thing I might do differently would be to ask for midwives sooner (maybe his position could have been detected pre-emergency). So I'm giving it another go.

post #3 of 17

My first was a cesarean, and my next two were VBACs, one in the hospital, one at home.  I would LOVE to have a UVBAC, but I really love my midwives, and know they wouldn't see me for my next birth if I did that "on purpose." So, my plan is to call them as late as I can convince my husband to call them, and hope they walk in when baby is in my arms.  The team I work with all live within 15 minutes of me, so they can be there quickly.  I am a control freak, but for some reason I've found, in labour I kind of melt midwives/nurses/doctors are around. I don't like the feeling, so I'd rather them not be around, and just show up to do the paperwork and make sure everything is okay. 

post #4 of 17

I'm going to try for a VBAC. For my first, he just wasn't progressing and my cervix started to swell, so I was effectively un-dialating, and he had also turned himself so he was sort of diagonal? I wish I had a better understanding of what exactly happened, because I am not sure what I could have done differently. I do wish I had walked more while in labor to get him in a better position, and I wish I had hired a doula. My midwives were great, but they of course had other patients so they weren't with me the whole time and I think I needed more coaching.

 

I should try to find a local ICAN group.

post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by piratemere View Post
 

My first was a cesarean, and my next two were VBACs, one in the hospital, one at home.  I would LOVE to have a UVBAC, but I really love my midwives, and know they wouldn't see me for my next birth if I did that "on purpose." So, my plan is to call them as late as I can convince my husband to call them, and hope they walk in when baby is in my arms.  The team I work with all live within 15 minutes of me, so they can be there quickly.  I am a control freak, but for some reason I've found, in labour I kind of melt midwives/nurses/doctors are around. I don't like the feeling, so I'd rather them not be around, and just show up to do the paperwork and make sure everything is okay. 

 

I wonder how many VBACs you have to have for birth to just be normal again, risk-wise.Or is it once-a-CS, always-a-VBAC?

post #6 of 17

My first was a c-section... I was induced in unfavorable conditions at almost 2 weeks past term.  I made it all the way to the pushing stage but just couldn't get my DD's giant head out... they tried to do vacuum extractions (I would never do that again) and were afraid her shoulders would get stuck so we went to c-section after 2 days of labor, ugh!

 

My second was a v-bac, also induced but in favorable conditions, my cervix was already dilated to 4+.  Needed forceps to help him out...

 

My 3rd was a v-bac, also induced (at 40 weeks... my Dr. was an A** and I had to fight to get them to wait that long, finally agreed to induction so that I could be sure the one v-bac friendly Dr. in the practice could be at my delivery!)  No problems, he came right out with no problems - it was the most amazing experience after needing help the first two times!!!

 

I'm going for VBAC #3 with baby #4 this time and I'm hoping my new Dr. will be much more supportive.  

 

Once you've had a c-section, you will always be treated like a V-Bac... no matter how many times you deliver vaginally.  With each Vbac though, your risk (very small) of uterine rupture decreases  :thumb  

post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 

well, when my m0m did it, it was just immeadiately a n0rmal thing.  she had 1 reg, 1 cs, and 2 vbacs, but she never heard anything ab0ut it being different 0r knew what vbac meant.  she was sh0cked t0 c0me with me t0 the 0b and hear all the negativity.  i guess it used t0 be just aut0matically n0rmal, and n0w its aut0matically risky, neither 0f which are fair.  statistically the risk bec0mes 1/5 0f a percent after 1 vbac, then d0wn fr0m there, i believe.  me, i figure 1 and i'm n0rmal 0r regular 0r whatev.  baby fits, l0l. 

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by fayebond View Post
 

well, when my m0m did it, it was just immeadiately a n0rmal thing.  she had 1 reg, 1 cs, and 2 vbacs, but she never heard anything ab0ut it being different 0r knew what vbac meant.  she was sh0cked t0 c0me with me t0 the 0b and hear all the negativity.  i guess it used t0 be just aut0matically n0rmal, and n0w its aut0matically risky, neither 0f which are fair.  statistically the risk bec0mes 1/5 0f a percent after 1 vbac, then d0wn fr0m there, i believe.  me, i figure 1 and i'm n0rmal 0r regular 0r whatev.  baby fits, l0l. 

 

It's a little higher than that, but not by much:

 

"Permitting labor to begin naturally after one prior low transverse (“bikini cut”) cesarean carries a 0.4% risk of rupture which can increase upon labor augmentation or induction (6). These rates are similar to other serious obstetrical emergencies such as placental abruption, cord prolapse, and shoulder dystocia." http://vbacfacts.com/quick-facts/

post #9 of 17
This #6 baby will be my fourth vbac, third hbac.

I was kinda railroaded into a c/s with my second bc she was breech and no midwife in town would take me on greensad.gif I didn't feel comfortable with an uc and at 39 weeks, after a failed inversion and two weeks of dragging a toddler around to acupuncture and chiro appts, I just signed up with the back up OB. I put off the birth for as long as I could in hopes baby would turn but no dice orngtongue.gif

It's funny bc with my second vbac, my midwife and I both forgot I was having a vbac! It seemed like all the anxiety I had (and it wasn't much, but the thought of uterine rupture did occur to me on occasion) melted away after my first vbac. I think that my first vbac was such a healing experience, and I'm very thankful for that.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RosieL View Post
 

 

It's a little higher than that, but not by much:

 

"Permitting labor to begin naturally after one prior low transverse (“bikini cut”) cesarean carries a 0.4% risk of rupture which can increase upon labor augmentation or induction (6). These rates are similar to other serious obstetrical emergencies such as placental abruption, cord prolapse, and shoulder dystocia." http://vbacfacts.com/quick-facts/

 

I meant f0r the sec0nd vbac.  :)  that is the rate f0r a first vbac, but t0 my uderstading, the risk is halved after 1 successful vbac and then g0es slightly l0wer after 2, and levels 0ut there.  

post #11 of 17

Ah, I haven't seen that stat, but it makes sense intuitively. Any idea where you came across it? (I'm kind of data-obsessed.)

post #12 of 17

I really want to do a VBAC with this little angel...though my partner is not totally on board. She's nervous about the risks & we need to have a good long chat w/my midwife.

We had a c/s with our daughter b/c she was breech...she decided to flip at 36 weeks. We tried the inversion, Webster's technique & some old wives tales...nothing, so c/s it was. Her birthday is super special to us (maybe she knew that & was being stubborn) b/c it was our 10th anniversary of being together & our 1st child's birthday! :joy

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

I know it was in the book "obstetric myths and research realities" by henci goer. excellent read.  where u would find it online, not sure.   i will look up the study in her resources index and post it when i find time :)

post #14 of 17

Hello, all! Introducing myself here. I am going for VBAC #2 with this pregnancy. I had a cesarean birth with my first DS due to his OP position and my inability to progress past 8 cm after 20 hours of labor. It was a difficult experience because I was put under general anesthesia at the end since my epidural had worn off. But everything happens for a reason, and I became a better, more-informed mother because of my birth experience. The second time around seven years later I planned for an HBAC, but after three days of laboring at home and some intense, constant nerve pain I transferred to the hospital. My midwife stayed with me the whole time and was just amazing. The hospital staff was amazing (probably because I pre-registered).  I got a very light epidural that took the edge off the nerve pain until I was completely dilated. I did receive some pitocin because my contractions didn't have quite the oomph they needed. I was able to control how high that went though, which was fantastic. I pushed my little guy into the world about 8 hours after checking into the hospital. 

 

While it was not the ideal, un-medicated, peaceful experience I had hoped for,  I was still able to have a VBAC and not a CS. This time around I am not sure if we will try for another HBAC or go to the local birth center. Money is an issue  as insurance covers one but not the other. So we will see. I am very relaxed about the decision and pleased with either option.

 

I am excited to follow everyone's journey and plan to reply more individually when my toddler isn't running amok in the living room!

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

bumping :)

post #16 of 17

I am due June 4th but my 12 week 5 days ultrasound today showed baby at 13 weeks 5 days.  I had an early ultrasound at 6 weeks and my new doctor is going to review that to see if they need to adjust my due date by a week.  If they do, that puts me at May 28th so I am going to chime in here :-)

 

My first I was in labor for what seemed like forever.  I got "stuck" at 7 cm and was there for 4 hrs.  I pushed for 2 1/2 hrs.  But I had a healthy baby girl, intervention free.  My second labor was much faster (5 hrs total including pushing twice) but I was on Pitocin for it.  I was not able to ride the contractions like I had in the first and I swore I would never be induced with Pit again.  My third ended up being stubbornly transverse so I ended up with a C-section for him.

 

With this baby I am determined to have a VBAC.  I know my body can deliver a baby vag and even though I will be 40 at delivery and I do not live in a VBAC friendly area, it is what my body needs.  I did not heal fast from my C-section and have no desire what so ever to go through that again.  Safety first, of course a healthy baby is the real goal, but I refuse to have another C-section just because my last delivery was one.  My daydream is to have the baby at home even though I know that is not very practical.  Still, I will go to the hospital in very well established labor, giving myself the best chance at the VBAC.

post #17 of 17

My first was posterior and it really was a rough labor early on, especially for a not-very-prepared Mom. After 2 hrs of pushing the doc recommended c/s and I just thought my baby was distressed. My c/s was THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. Seriously, THE WORST. So I went for an all natural birth for #2. I didn't leave for the 20 minute hospital drive until I knew I was in transition. I got there ready to push and the doctor and nurses were not happy. I just knew that if I'd gone in earlier, they would have c-sectioned me, so I truly couldn't believe I was going to actually deliver my child! My vbac was by far the most amazing accomplishment I've done. I'm really hoping for a better hospital experience this time around, but I'm not planning on stepping into those doors any earlier than transition this time around. 

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