I guess I just need some reassurance that hbac is very possible and that medical intervention can through off the natural and healthy course of labor/ childbirth.
Christa ~ Mom to Hannah (5), Keira (3) & Lexi (17 months)
I have never heard of pit swelling a cervix shut. But what I *have* seen are moms who are induced, whose cervixes are just not ready yet, and the moms are kept in the bed, so they can't get up, move around and help thier bodies and thier babies birth well. I would think it was the hospital procedures themselves which caused your section. Without that interference, and by listening to your body, you will probably have a much easier birth, and a safer one, at home. You go, girl!
From another mama.
From another HBAC mamma.
Momma to DD (12/04) and DS (11/09) .
I survived 16 mos! Ask me about breastfeeding a baby with posterior tongue tie, high palate, and weak oral motor skills- whew!
It really bothers me when a lot of my "christian" friends say things like "I was never going to go into labor" "I can't have vaginal birth" "I can only have cs" "my pelvis is misshapen, I can't birth". Bull ****. I am a Christian myself, and feel that the God I serve would in no way build a woman this way.
You can do this!!! Trust your baby, trust your body. I struggle with the same things as my mom had 5 cs with us kids and I had to have one with my son (he was acynclitic) and now prego again, am planning a HB.
if you need more help hire a doula! i totally recommend doulas esp for vbacs!
Ak Hippie mama Yamia DSD '03 DS '07 DS2 '09 & DS3 '12
Jen, mom of two amazing girls, b. 2/16/06 and 1/29/10
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
I had a similar experience with pit and a swollen cervix ~ I blame hospital procedure.....with ruptured membranes and being GBS positive (on that damned clock ) without labors onset I consented to pit~ which proceeded to give me such intense contrax they were pushing my babies ascylintic presented head down into my cervix, which led to swelling at 8 cm.....and a CS.
I went on to have a wonderful VBAC the following year (with NO pit! ), a wonderfully cooperative cervix, 4 pushes and a vaginal birth!
This go round, like you, we are having a homebirth.
You can do it. Trust your body. THe process is so very sweet, and I promise you you will feel a joy like no other when your trust in your body and your faith in its ability to birth are restored.
I will be rooting for you!
I got a lot of "Just have a normal vaginal birth in the hospital and THEN have a homebirth with your next so you know your body is capable of giving birth."
Really? Because i DID give birth in a hospital with my first and ended up with an awful experince, c-section and pp infection. No thanks.
You're going to do great!!!!
From ANOTHER HBAC mama!! (love seeing so many of us)
Here's a link to my birth story. http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1167230
I got to a point in my pregnancy where I'd read so many positive V/HBAC stories that I just realized the odds of success were overwhelmingly in my favour and I didn't give much thought to it not working out that way. We are built to do this, and the number of women who truly can't is tremendously small, but that number is skewed by our high national c/s rate.
second labor started the same way as the first, SROM and no ctx for hours. then, all of a sudden, i was in labor. another long pushing phase (compound, again!), but i did it! it was such an amazing experience!
you can do it! we're all cheering you on!!!
Homebirth midwives usually have c-section rates around 2-6%. Yours should be able to tell you their exact numbers. I have seen hospital rates from 25-70%!!! (average in the US is about 30 something %).
A tiny few women really get lifesaving c-sections, but the vast majority of women who end up with c-sections could have had a different outcome in a different setting.