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Old 02-24-2014, 09:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I just found out that I am pregnant!! smile.gif I'm very excited! However, I would really like to have a VBAC. I have had 2 prior c sections. The first was an emergency. I was scheduled to be induced the next day. They gave me something to thin my cervix the night before which caused contractions so slight that I couldn't feel them, but they were causing baby's heart rate to drop. The second was planned. My doctor didn't even give me the option of VBAC. I've never experienced labor and I feel a bit cheated. To me that's part of the process. I really want to have a normal birth experience this time around. Has anyone had a successful VBAC after 2 c sections? Any advice??
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Congrats on your pregnancy!  I haven't personally had a VBA2C (but have read tons of VBAMC success stories) but I had a VBAC and it was an awesome experience.    Unless you become high risk or have a "special scar" you should be able to VBAC.  The biggest challenge will be finding a supportive provider and hospital.  Where in Texas are you?  If you are in a bigger city there are a lot more options available to you.  My best advice as you start this journey is to prepare for your VBAC like you are preparing for a marathon.  You will need to prep yourself physically as well as mentally.  This is my list I give out for what helped me achieve my VBAC:

 

  • Choosing a care provider/birth location who was 100% supportive of VBAC, not one who said we would “try” it

  • Staying active through my entire pregnancy

  • Staying healthy/low-risk and avoiding getting gestational diabetes (which I had with my first baby)

  • Having regular chiropractic care (baby was in optimal positioning and I think this definitely is because my pelvis was lined up properly)

  • Having an experienced doula

  • Attending ICAN meetings

  • Being educated and aware of the benefits/risks of VBAC v. RCS – constantly reading books, articles, forums, medical publications – I truly lived/breathed learning about VBAC/birth in general

  • Preparing for a completely natural birth – reading as much as I could on natural birth, practicing strategies I had learned through various natural birth techniques.  I had taken Bradley classes with my first baby, and then did hypnobirthing on my own and also took a Yoga for Birthing class.  So I felt like I had a lot of tools to use to help get through a natural birth.

  • WAITING for baby to come out – this was the hardest part for me.  At 41 + 1 I was done!

  • Preparing my body for birth – along with staying active, I took evening primrose oil, drank red raspberry tea, took Gentle Birth supplements, lots of sex, walked, did prenatal yoga, anything I could think of to prepare my body and encourage baby to come out!

 

For me the constant reading/researching was important - reading positive birth stories, reading medical journals/studies that confirmed the safety of VBAC, reading about the birth process in general, etc. 

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Thanks so much for the insight and suggestions! I'm about 40 miles from Waco, Tx. But, I plan on traveling to Ft. Worth for OB care smile.gif
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