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post #41 of 52
Molly -- write them a letter, you'll feel better. Write it and then sit on it for a while then go back and edit. I find this very helpful when I am upset about something.

I wish I had written to the OBs after ds#1, I just didn't know how to articulate my feelings for a very long time. And well, now it's been 6 years and the OB that delivered isn't even there any more! Most of my friends adore the practice b/c it's all women and they have a medwife! : All I know is the 2 doctors left were worse that the OB that delivered my son -- zero bed side manner if that is what's it could be classified as. Anyway...
post #42 of 52
I had an emergency c-section with my third, because I developed a Bandl's Ring during the end of labor and the pushing stage. This is an incredibly rare condition---and it was totally horrific. Imagine normal, intense labor pain magnified by 50,000, with the uterus constricting in the middle like someone tied a tourniquet around it and pulled it as tight as they could. Untreated, a Bandl's Ring results in eventual uterine rupture and death of Mom and Baby. Baby simply cannot get out and the uterus cannot "help" itself. No one knows exactly what causes it (and I was drug free with three doulas and an awesome woman OB), and most practitioners (OBs, midwives, MDs, etc.) have never seen one. Lucky me!! Since it is so rare, there are NO stats on VBAC or on whether Bandl's Ring tends to strike the same person again. My OB said to go for it though, that I should be able to successfully VBAC anyway. I'm 2 months pregnant with our fourth and am totally dedicated to having him/her VBAC. Wish me luck!
post #43 of 52
My 4th was an emergency C with a prolapsed cord....after she broke the water...awful...
Anyway...I had a V back successfully. Thank you Lord!! I was really petrified that I would have to have another C.
post #44 of 52
greetings!
My first baby was a c/s at 10 cm due to fetal distress.. my DS was a 'blue baby' at birth, mechonium in the lungs, week stay in icu, two weeks of iv antibiotics- the 9 yards.. he is wonderful and healthy today at 9 yrs old. There was no doubt of a vbac in my next pregnancies!!! second and third DS were born at hosp, fourth preg.DD was first hbac and must say the best birth of them all!!!
Now days the darn medical community SUCKS!!! I was told by doctor after doctor after doctor with my DD ( 3m now ) that the only way to get prenatal I would have to pre-consent for a 'scheduled repeat c/s'.... EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS TO BE MY 4TH VBAC!!!!!!! I finally found prenatal care hour and 45 min away from my home.. having every intention to do a UHBAC I went for prenatal with out telling the doc my plans.
6 days before my due date my water began to leak.. I kept an eye on my temp every 1/2 hour and drank water like a fish! ( my DH was on his way back to the states from the middle east and I so wanted him there for our daughters birth) two days before d.d labor finally began...we decided to go to the hosp to be safe since I had been leaking for 4 days at that time..
got to the hosp to find I was 4cm and told by the ON CALL dr that " you will be having your c/s now" OHHHH NO I WASNT!!!! the doc refused to birth my DD in any fashion other then a c/s! I was so distraut that I left the hosp and my labor completely STOPED! My mother made some phone calls for me and I ended up having DD at home 11:21p that evening with a WONDERFUL HEAVEN SENT WOMAN AT MY SIDE! she came to my house and helped with the birht of my DD and did not charge or think twice to come over and do so!

ok.. off of the now..
thank you.. :LOL
post #45 of 52
I pushed for 8 hours. Baby was posterior, nuchal hand and large. I felt good about the c section and it went really well. Going for a VBAC this summer- pretty psyched to try.
post #46 of 52
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Originally Posted by Tummy
greetings!
6 days before my due date my water began to leak.. I kept an eye on my temp every 1/2 hour and drank water like a fish! ( my DH was on his way back to the states from the middle east and I so wanted him there for our daughters birth) two days before d.d labor finally began...we decided to go to the hosp to be safe since I had been leaking for 4 days at that time..
got to the hosp to find I was 4cm and told by the ON CALL dr that " you will be having your c/s now" OHHHH NO I WASNT!!!! the doc refused to birth my DD in any fashion other then a c/s! I was so distraut that I left the hosp and my labor completely STOPED! My mother made some phone calls for me and I ended up having DD at home 11:21p that evening with a WONDERFUL HEAVEN SENT WOMAN AT MY SIDE! she came to my house and helped with the birht of my DD and did not charge or think twice to come over and do so!
good for you sticking to your guns like that, I'm glad your mom found that angel to help you out!
post #47 of 52
I'm a VBAC momma on Dec. 28, 2004. My c/s was because baby was posterior and breaking my water caused him to get *stuck*. I pushed for four hours until I was literally screaming with pain. It hurt more than anything I had ever experienced.

My VBAC was NO PAIN it was very euphoric and energizing (I give credit to reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and having NO ONE but dh and doula in laboring room...not to mention wanting it sooooo bad) Vbac baby was in perfect position and active labor only lasted 1 hour 47 mins. This was after my mom who had two c/s told me for nine months that my pelvis was too small, "just like me" she said. People will say anything!!
post #48 of 52
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Originally Posted by escanlan
I had an emergency c-section with my third, because I developed a Bandl's Ring during the end of labor and the pushing stage. This is an incredibly rare condition---and it was totally horrific. Imagine normal, intense labor pain magnified by 50,000, with the uterus constricting in the middle like someone tied a tourniquet around it and pulled it as tight as they could. Untreated, a Bandl's Ring results in eventual uterine rupture and death of Mom and Baby. Baby simply cannot get out and the uterus cannot "help" itself. No one knows exactly what causes it (and I was drug free with three doulas and an awesome woman OB), and most practitioners (OBs, midwives, MDs, etc.) have never seen one. Lucky me!! Since it is so rare, there are NO stats on VBAC or on whether Bandl's Ring tends to strike the same person again. My OB said to go for it though, that I should be able to successfully VBAC anyway. I'm 2 months pregnant with our fourth and am totally dedicated to having him/her VBAC. Wish me luck!
My sisters boyfriend's sister had this condition while birthing twins! I'll send you some good lovin' energies!
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by thepeach80
No internal monitor, this could be an option I guess, but the sz of a golfball from it? It was a huge scab!

I'm still reading all the responses to this thread, but I wanted to comment on this before I forgot who said it. My son was born with a huge swelling on the right side of his head (there is a name for it, but I can't remember what). My water started leaking on Wednesday, but I didn't go into labor until Friday. I pushed for 4+ hours before transfering from the BC to the hospital. The doc said I was only 9 cm; apparently I had negatively dilated from the pressure of his head pushing against my cervix. Turns out his head was cocked to the side and his chin wasn't tucked in. The swelling eventually developed a scab the size of a golfball. The doc said my c/s was due to "size and position", but the truth is his size had nothing to do with it. He wasn't even 8 pounds and his head circumference was in the 30th percentile. It was just position. I still wonder what I could have done to change the outcome, but I will never know now. My body thought it was time to push, so I pushed, but it seems my cervix needed a little more time. So much for trusting your body, eh? I hope to have a VBAC someday, but I worry about finding a practice that will "allow" it. I'm not ready for a HBAC, and I know DH wouldn't support it (while I was in labor before I had to transfer to the hospital he did talk about maybe doing HB with DC2, but he was really freaked by the whole experience). I definitely want a doula this time though. DH is a sweety, but he's not assertive; I need someone to stand up for me.

Anyway to the OP, good luck. And
post #50 of 52
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Originally Posted by Mama Rana
and I know DH wouldn't support it (while I was in labor before I had to transfer to the hospital he did talk about maybe doing HB with DC2, but he was really freaked by the whole experience).

You never know...my husband was completely floored by the power of my transition, and was just wasted on adrenaline and exhaustion...I thought he wanted me to transfer to the hospital and so on, so we went.

But once he saw all that happened to me (think Monty Python's Meaning of Life and the machines that go "ping") and when he saw the brutality of the surgery and how they treated DS...plus how condescending the entire staff was to me, him, and the baby...hubby never ever wants to step foot in a hospital again, especially not for birth! He's actually now more in favor of unassisted birth than I am (and I'm very in favor of it), mainly because he saw what they did to me, while I was on an epidural and fentanyl, and fell asleep.

So ya never know what a hubby's reaction will be!
post #51 of 52
My first 3 births were vaginal. No problems during labor, but I hemorrhaged after #2 and #3 and both times ended up in the OR having a D&C and blood transfusions (2 with the first and 3 with the 2nd).

My first c/s came during pregnancy #4. I had twins who were both in a footling breech position and my obstetrician didn't give any alternative but a section to deliver them.

My second c/s came with the next pregnancy because my obstetrician (same woman who had delivered my twins) wasn't comfortable letting me attempt a VBAC since the baby was so big (9lb,12oz). She said that since the largest baby I had vaginally birthed was "only" 8lb,14oz, she wasn't comfortable letting me "attempt" a vaginal delivery. Of course, she had led me to believe, during the course of my pregnancy, that she would definitely support a VBAC and so, when she changed her mind at 38.5 weeks, I felt semi-screwed for finding someone else. I did talk to the other doctors in the practice (3 others) but none of them wanted to deliver me vaginally, either. So.....since I had a history of hemorrhaging and therefore didn't feel comfortable staying home to give birth, I agreed to the section. This was in Florida, btw.

Now that I'm back in Oregon, if I ever get pregnant again, I will definitely look for someone who will let me VBAC, even after 2 c/s. If I have to labor at home and show up at the hospital at the last minute, with the baby crowning, I will. I do NOT want another c/s ever again!!!
post #52 of 52
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Originally Posted by momto3g3b
My second c/s came with the next pregnancy because my obstetrician (same woman who had delivered my twins) wasn't comfortable letting me attempt a VBAC since the baby was so big (9lb,12oz). She said that since the largest baby I had vaginally birthed was "only" 8lb,14oz, she wasn't comfortable letting me "attempt" a vaginal delivery. Of course, she had led me to believe, during the course of my pregnancy, that she would definitely support a VBAC and so, when she changed her mind at 38.5 weeks, I felt semi-screwed for finding someone else. I did talk to the other doctors in the practice (3 others) but none of them wanted to deliver me vaginally, either. So.....since I had a history of hemorrhaging and therefore didn't feel comfortable staying home to give birth, I agreed to the section. This was in Florida, btw.
You were screwed!!! I hope you tell those doctors what you think someday. How dare they tell a woman with prior vaginally delivered children that they aren't comfortable with it for size reason and for less than 1 freakin' pound.

My HBA2C was a 9.1 baby girl. The boys were 9.9 and 8.15 c/s. Doctors were negative from the start telling me no, homebirth was my only option. But I hear you on the hemorrage issue...

I so hate the medical community at this point in my life...
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