I'm just right now.
One of my best friends had her son yesterday. She was 41 weeks 2 days. Everything looked wonderful throughout the whole pregnancy. Was going to birth with midwives in a hospital setting with sights set on a natural birth.
Then at her BPP at 41 weeks, the baby had flipped breech (and in a bizarre position) and her fluid was low. She was beyond disappointed but scheduled her cesarean for the next day. From what I was told, there wasn't a chance for a vaginal breech birth based on his wacky position, but even if there was I don't blame for her being hesitant to attempt such a thing with her first baby. (I know others feel differently on this, but I think its a reasonable choice and I would have chosen the same personally while I do respect that it can be safely done under the right conditions).
Her surgeon who did her section was so amazing and attentive. They tried an external cephalic version first. When it didn't work, the doc kissed her on the cheek and said "I'm really sorry. I really wanted that to work." She felt so nurtured and cared for. When they did the section, she told my friend "I'm doing your scar so that you can VBAC next time and I'd be happy to be your doctor for a VBAC."
They also put the baby to the breast immediately after he was born while they stitched her. She is totally bonded to and in love with her baby and I think all of this helped her with that bonding.
I was worried and fretting today about her recovery and am now over the moon to discover that they've made the best of a difficult situation.
Just wanted to share.
Wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 5 amazing boys, 2 m/c and Knox Cornelius our 5th son born at 15weeks 12/3/2011, Lillian Faith our 1st daughter, born at 14 weeks May 19, 2012 (Turner Syndrome).
Kaiti, in with Shane, astrological mama to Sophie *12.27.05*, Maya *09.25.07*, Phoenix *08.23.09* & due *12.04.11* Having a after 3 cesareans!
I believe the doctor's practice is closed to new patients and only works with existing patients. My friend will be considered an existing patient.
Her name is Dr. Damila Dryden. Women's Specialists of Houston at St. Luke's.
She has been mentioned for VBACs on MDC before. I've seen her name in our tribal area.
Melissa, wife to Brian, mommy to my home born, breastfeeding, sling-riding, sleep sharing, cloth diapered, intact kiddos Adam 11/09 and Leah 8/12.
It changes from month to month whether she's accepting new patients. Sometimes she is and sometimes not.
True! Not even all vertex babies line up perfectly. My MW says I have a big pelvis, but for as lovely as it is my first daughter simply couldn't get out vaginally. Her poor little head was super tilted. It's possible a different care provider would have done some maneuver to move her into a better position, but I'm thinking it might have been very difficult and maybe not all that safe either.