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#1 of 4 Old 04-19-2011, 08:21 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm 22 weeks along with my second child. I have about 6 weeks of care left with my current provider (CNM, works at hospital that does not allow 1st time VBACs), and it is about time to look for a VBAC-provider. I've scouted out my options in my region, and I think I've found a VBAC-friendly practice about 30 miles from where I live. However, I am not entirely sure what to do:

 

Do I call and just ask for a consultation with one of the OBs?

Do I tell the receptionist that I need a VBAC-consultation?

Do I make a prenatal appt even if I am not entirely sure I want to go w/ them?

 

And then, once I figure this out, what do I ask during the consultation/appointment?

 

I'm sure there are easy answers to these questions, but there are ongoing psychological issues with my first birth/CS that are making planning the next birth difficult. I've been avoiding thinking about it too much, but I'm reaching the point where I need to decide how our second child is going to be born, and I'm looking for guidance and support on these questions. Oh, and just in case you're wondering: HBAC is not an option since I am out of travel range for the closest midwife.


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You can call the office and talk to a nurse.  You can ask the nurse about the docs and how truly VBAC friendly they are, then if you feel it's somewhere you want to be, then you can make an appt.  It might be easier to take a copy of your records, from your c-section and your current prenatal, with you.  When you decide which doc you want, then give the office a copy of the records. 

 

I know it can be difficult to trust a provider after a traumatic birth experience, so really trust your gut.  Ask blunt questions that give you the answers you're looking for.  When you have a truly supportive provider, it feels amazing.  GL!

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Thanks, Jenniro. I did schedule a consultation and DP is tagging along for support. I'm working with my counselor to prepare for the meeting which has been helpful in isolating the two main issues I face: finding a provider who's supportive of VBAC and developing the ability to build a trusting relationship with that provider.

 

 

Per your suggestion I am working on blunt questions because I think you're right. I will also try to bring a copy of my records (past and current).

 

 


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Thanks, Jenniro. I did schedule a consultation and DP is tagging along for support. I'm working with my counselor to prepare for the meeting which has been helpful in isolating the two main issues I face: finding a provider who's supportive of VBAC and developing the ability to build a trusting relationship with that provider.

 

 

Per your suggestion I am working on blunt questions because I think you're right. I will also try to bring a copy of my records (past and current).

 

 

Have you tried calling the nurse at the hospital where this person delivers or asking to speak to the person in charge of collecting statistics---at our hospital we know every physician's C. section rate, VBAC rate, infection rate-----every hospital collects this data.  Night nurses may be willing to chat---or you could take a "tour" and just ask about the doctors view on C. Section.  What is said or not said or facial expressions can speak volumes.
 

 

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