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post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by Nate'sMama View Post
It is my understanding that, in the very unlikely event of a rupture, it can happen at any time. More well versed VBAC mamas will let you know for sure.
I would get some books and start reading...it will really help with any anxiety. IIRC, ruptures can also happen in late pregnancy, not just during labor. BUT ruptures are very rare and most of the ruptures included in statistics are not full ruptures and do not have a bad outcome.
post #22 of 26
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I can't thank you all enough for your feedback. You have all given me a lot to think about.
I'm 28 weeks and need to make a decision soon. After speaking to my DH more, he is supportive of what I want and when I told him I wanted to have the baby here in my bathtub, he didn't freak out! I always underestimate him.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by tarajean56 View Post
The OB I started with told me the same thing right from the start as well. His exact words were, "don't think you are going to be a hard ass and come in saying you won't have internal monitoring, because I require it."

I am now with a midwife.

I was also not comfortable with a wire screwed into my baby's head. Furthermore, your water will have to be broken in order to insert the monitor, and from what I've read, internal monitoring usually means you are stuck in bed. Personally, I think there are way more complications and other interventions that could/will result from internal monitoring, especially considering the supposed benefits. If I were VBACing in a hospital I would agree to intermittent external fetal monitoring, but that's all.

Good luck!!
Actually, an internal monitor lets you move around as much as you want to. That's why I had it. I had back labour, and no epi, andsince i had pit, I had to be monitored. No way was I gonna lay in bed on my back. I HAD to move aroound, be on the birth ball etc. The internal monitor allowed me to do that.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Heathermhill View Post
I can't thank you all enough for your feedback. You have all given me a lot to think about.
I'm 28 weeks and need to make a decision soon. After speaking to my DH more, he is supportive of what I want and when I told him I wanted to have the baby here in my bathtub, he didn't freak out! I always underestimate him.


Yay!
post #25 of 26
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Originally Posted by angelcat View Post
Actually, an internal monitor lets you move around as much as you want to. That's why I had it. I had back labour, and no epi, andsince i had pit, I had to be monitored. No way was I gonna lay in bed on my back. I HAD to move aroound, be on the birth ball etc. The internal monitor allowed me to do that.
I didn't know that. I can't remember if my OB only gave me the impression that I would have to stay in bed with an internal monitor, or if he actually said it explicitly.

The ones that aren't actually in the baby's skull - are those just like taped to their head or something?

Just thinking outloud, but if your water had already broken and it wasn't screwed into the baby's skull - I wonder if internal fetal monitoring could be a more preferable option because of the freedom to move (that is if you want constant monitoring at all...). I do remember those damn external monitors CONSTANTLY moving off the heartbeat.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by Heathermhill View Post
After speaking to my DH more, he is supportive of what I want and when I told him I wanted to have the baby here in my bathtub, he didn't freak out! I always underestimate him.
I love it when that happens!
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