Originally Posted by GutInstinct
For those who have successfully had a VBAC, are there any negatives to it?
I've only had an unplanned/unwanted c/s, and for my second baby one day, I'd like a drug-free, midwife birth at home. However, just in case this could not happen...I was trying to cheer myself up and think "maybe having a VBAC isn't all it's cracked up to be anyway?" and that once you have had a c/s and then a vbac, you can say something like, "yeah, there is pain with both" or "pain was worse with a c/s" or "pain was worse with a vaginal birth" or whatever.
I'd love to hear your stories and/or comparisons, if you wouldn't mind sharing your thoughts.
With my c/s, I was separated from my dd1 for hours and even 3 days in hospital I had to keep asking them to take her to the nursery which I swore I would never do. I couldnt pick her up for 2 days until I begged for morphine. It took me 4 months to recover from the pain, and I couldnt even pick her up for 2 weeks without pain meds and almost was not able to bf
Even though certain things happened (arguing and invasive internal) with my vbac in the hospital mainly due to a
: resident who kept trying to intimidate me into having an epidural and c/s (for nothing I might add) my vbac was everything I had dreamed it would be. I was able to hold my dd2 for one hour before she was examined, kept her with me in my room(except at the beginning due to meconium) and it took me one week to recover (maybe TM!I but the pain in my butt from the stitches and the first bowel movement was hell and I remember saying it was as bad as a c/s which I take back totally). I was home less than 12 hours later. To be honest, I found the pain of labor to be less than the pain after my c/s but that will be different for everyone. I actually had the nurses and dr (not the stupid resident...she left the room in embarrassment
) get emotional when I held my dd2 in my arms looked at her and said "I did it! My body is NOT a lemon!!!!!".
Anyway, the main negative I found with vbac was fighting for the right to have a vbac to begin with kwim? I was in transition when I got to the hospital and the resident was very argumentative about giving me an epidural and wanting to do a c/s. I had to yell at her that I was refusing an epidural and a c/s unless there was a real medical emergency. She also refused to remove her hand when I was having contractions. I have talked about this with my ob who was not on call that night and I know what I have to do next time to avoid that crap. I was in labor a total of 5 1/2 hours including 28 minutes of pushing and they still wanted to do a c/s for no reason. The senior ob did stick up for me though and the resident was inexperienced I think. I am due in late August and I plan to vbac again and have also learned from my first vbac. The only way I will ever have a c/s again is a true emergency.
I forgot to add something.....dd1 (c/s) cried the whole time in hospital and was frantic even at home with us and had to be in constant contact. DD2 (vbac) was totally different.......I kept checking her during my night in hospital to make sure she was still breathing she was so quiet...not a whimper or anything. I noticed that the c/s baby in the next bed was frantic just like Yasmeen was. I dont know if that was due to the different birth experiences or what. I just thought it was interesting the contrast with regards to how calm baby was.