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#31 of 52 Old 04-29-2005, 10:18 AM
 
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wonderful birth story! 3 cheers for mama's instincts!

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It lasted 3 hours and involved the continuous support of a General Surgeon, because I had severe adhesions from a prior abdominal surgery.

At 2:46pm, William was born. 10 pounds 9 ounces, 22 1/4", 15 3/8" head. DOUBLE FOOTLING BREECH.

William was healthy as can be... Apgars of 9/10. They pricked him to get
First off, great job making the decision you needed to. I think planning for the VBAC might have made the final C/S easier on you since you knew exactly what was going on.

Seems like that previous abdominal surgery had quite a bit to do with how things turned out. I hope you heal more throughly from the 2 C/Ss, those adhesions sound painful.

Okay, so you've got to share what you've been eating during the pregnancy. Obviously, whatever it is went straight into William and was super-healthy for him. You don't have to share, but I'm guessing that you personally didn't gain that much weight even though he's so large.

Your kids are absolutely adorable, thank you for posting pictures. William looks like a little doll.

Way to go!!!
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Seems like that previous abdominal surgery had quite a bit to do with how things turned out.
Yes, exactly. The issue was that for me, and UNplanned c-section could have been disastrous, i.e., having to have a c-section quickly without being able to take time to enter the abdominal cavity and if the c-sec had to take place asap and they couldn't get a General Surgeon in time (to assist with cutting through adhesions). That's why my choices were basically natural vaginal delivery or planned c-section... interventions such as pitocin or a prolonged labor (due to a HUGE baby!) were not an option. When it became clear that my chances of a having successful VBAC were being significantly impacted by several factors (a very, VERY large for gestational age fetus who was seriously malpositioned, high amniotic fluid, and a need to avoid unplanned c-sec at all costs), then a planned c-sec was the best decision for me!


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Okay, so you've got to share what you've been eating during the pregnancy. Obviously, whatever it is went straight into him and was super-healthy for him. You don't have to share, but I'm guessing that you personally didn't gain that much weight even though he's so large.
Awwww. I gained 42 lbs. actually. But I did eat very healthy food (usually!). People usually are surprised to learn that I did not have Gestational Diabetes... not even close. I was tested for it several times (see my OP) but always passed with flying colors...well under the normal limts. Interesting that he had a HUGE umbilical cord. My mom remembered that my brother and I (both well over 9 lbs. ourselves) did too. The thing didn't fall off for 3 weeks! Lots of nutrients going to that boy!

He's 17 lbs. 26" now - still off the charts... just where he's supposed to be!

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Thank you everyone for your support. It feels great to get such positive reactions from mamas (like myself) who take great pride in all things natural, and understanding why the decision to have a planned c-sec (something I NEVER thought I'd do) was more empowering to me because it was such an informed decision and that I felt I was in charge of my birth every step of the way.
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I'm a friend of Periwinkle's IRL, and my 2 month old dd hit William's birth weight last week. I looked at her and said YIKES : that's a big baby to be a newborn! It's hard to believe they're practically the same age...she's not quite 11 pounds and 21.5 inches!

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my 2 month old dd hit William's birth weight last week. I looked at her and said YIKES : that's a big baby to be a newborn!
Don't tell me she's outgrowing dd's old newborn clothes ?! Am I going to have to drag out her 6M bin from the attic already?! (My long-n-chunky son is now officially in 9M clothes at 2.75 months, and older ds' 9M clothes were all for winter. arrgghhh!). Thank g*d for the Hanna Andersson outlet...
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bumping for Karin and others
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Wow! What a story! ITA and understand your feelings about the planned c=section vs. emergency/unplanned.
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congrats!

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I LOVE a happy birth story!! I am just tickled to read that you trusted your instincts, made informed decision and had the support you needed- YEAH!!!

What a beautiful story!

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Congrats You followed your instincts and did the right thing.
Happy to hear you had a good experience.

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Thank you very much for posting your c/s story. It's similar to my situation now, and I appreciated reading it. BTW, how did you find healing?
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OwensMa! I met you once at the Waterloo OYEC. How are things going?

Wishing you positive birth vibes!!

Don't know where things stand or if I've come to this too late, but PM if you feel like chatting about what's going on. We had planned a hb with ds, but ended up being transferred and having a C/S. While it was a shock and scary, I came to accept that it was the only choice for us. If things indicate that our situation repeats itself with the next, it's very likely that I may choose a planned C/S. A healthy baby trumps any other scenarios, as beautiful and natural as they may be.

ps if you must be transferred, see about having it done on Dr. Shannon's shift. He was wonderful - very respectful and gentle. He works well with the MWs, and greatly respects the work they do.
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OwensMa, best of luck. Here is a link to a thread I started about post-op meds. I hope it's helpful.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=247218

Re: healing, the first couple of days are the worst and then it was very rapid for me. I was feeling good enough to be up and around within a few days, and near 100% by the end of 1 month so not too much different from natural delivery. Everyone is different though.
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You know what I love - an informed mama who knows what's in the best interest of herself and her baby and chooses that instead of going for what's easiest or letting someone else make the decision for her. Yay for you! Congratulations on your little one!

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Good choice!

Couldn't they have used a late u/s to determine the positioning?

Enjoy your baby!
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Couldn't they have used a late u/s to determine the positioning?
They did! But then when I felt really really hard KICKS against my cervix I knew his feet were still down and that, in combination with lots of amniotic fluid, is a terrible combination.
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bump for post-NICU moms.
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I haven't read all the comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but

THANKS for sharing!!! As much as I find myself talking smack about c-secs, they really are medical miracles when necessary. I think you're right about making an informed decision and MAKING the decision for yourself!!

Thanks so much!

Jodi -full time working wife to a SAH Papa; mama to my boys Breck (12/04), David (09/07), and Elliot (01/10); always remembering our loss, Jordyn Justine (09/06)

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Periwinkle:

Thanks so much for posting this story.

After being told by one doctor that a vbac would probably be ok, I was told today (by the OB in the practice who actually performed my first c-section) that not only would he recommend a repeat, scheduled C, he'd recommend having two doctors present in the OR for the surgery.

Essentially, lots of my internal organs are stuck together with adhesions due to an appendix leak when I was a child. The doctor who did my c-section last time (I had a breech twin) said (at the time) that I have "the worst abdomen he's ever seen" and it "looks like a grenade went off in there." He didn't use the term "frozen pelvis" until today, at my 17-week appointment (although he did the C-section, he's not my regular doctor & I hadn't seen him yet as part of this pg.)

I've been flailing around the web looking for information and found your story. Thank you; it's really helped me deal with this. Not sure yet what will happen but I'm grateful to you.

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Good luck. Adhesions are really hard to deal with sometimes - the pain when you cough/sneeze/twist to bigger things like how to birth. It's a hard decision and just research the hell out of it like I did and then, above all else, go with your gut.
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Your story is amazing. I wish this line could be broadcast everywhere:

"I realized that the best outcome is not always the natural perfect delivery, but the one where the woman makes a completely informed choice and both mama and baby are healthiest in the end."
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I realized that the best outcome is not always the natural perfect delivery, but the one where the woman makes a completely informed choice and both mama and baby are healthiest in the end. I owned this birth more than my natural delivery of dd. This was my birth, my way.
This is such a beautiful statement.

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