Originally Posted by OnTheBrink
My VBAC was supposed to be a HBAC, so I didn't have any plans for any medical stuff. But after 54 hours of intense labor, I was exhausted and still at 1cm (despite the tell tale transition signs), so we transferred. I actually transferred wanting and planning for a cesarean. But the hospital MW refused to recommend that since baby and I were both fine.
So, I was manually dilated from 1-4cm (ouch). Then, I was given pitocin to augment my labor and stadol to give me some rest.
While the stadol did allow me to rest, there was something very bad about it. I fell asleep between contractions and woke as they peaked. So, to my aware self, it seemed that I was in one constant terrible contraction. It was horrible! I felt totally out of control and, frankly, in terrible pain.
I don't know what it would have been like to have the pitocin without the stadol. (OnlyBoys was there. I'll ask her in what order the pitocin and stadol were administered.) I HATED the stadol, though.
That said, I think an epidural would be scary. I would hate to not be able to feel what was going on. At least with the stadol, I was woken by contractions and certainly would have been aware of a rupture or something else bad.
It's certainly a great idea to avoid pitocin and pain killers. But sometimes things don't go as planned!
Yes, they gave you the stadol first, I think after the manual dilation. Then the pit.
And, it was interesting, Nancy. You kept waking up when a contraction would peak and say, "OMG! They never stop!" Then 20 seconds later, would fall back asleep, only to wake two minutes later saying the same thing.
In the end, though, I think that the stadol, as disorienting as it was for you, in some way protected you from the cesarean. You were not out of it as you were pushing, and you worked REALLY hard to get John out. If you had labored, without resting for 54 hours at home, and then for 9 at the hospital, I don't know if pushing would have gone the same.
It is *very* interesting that many VBAC mamas have the dilation thing happen. The OB or MW, I can't remember which, spoke of the nerves in the lower segment of the uterus being severed and then the cervix is difficult to dilate with out help. Hmmm. An interesting thing to research!