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#1 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 10:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My twin sister just did a VBAC at home, if I counted right she was in labor at least 39 hours... OH MY goodness!!! She makes my homebirth VBAC look like a cakewalk. I don't know any details yet as she called me super early this morning and had just birthed so I didn't want to bug her for all the details...
I'm just SO proud of her, and so amazed by her incredible strength, endurance and persistence in achieving her goal.

I don't want to ruin her announcement, so I'll let her post the details when she is ready, or I'll get permission from her to post them later.

Please join me in a huge pat on the back and a well done for Amy!!!
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Yay!!! That's awsome. Mine was 36 hours, but the labors in the hospital were 5 days and 6 days, and both ended in c/s, so I'll take long and hard at home over that any day!

Yipee!

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YAY! Congrats Amy! I can't wait to hear the story. Happy babymoon.

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Thank you!:

I'm not ready to write my birth story yet, I am still processing it myself. But I'll start a new thread when I do. So here's the mini-version:

Our son is still unnamed. He was born at 9:53 p.m Tues. Jun 19th , 8 1bs 3 oz. after a very difficult labor.

I had the best midwife ever. I kept saying I can't do it anymore and she kept saying I could. We tried everything- the birth pool, showers, walks around the neighborhood, labor drinks, yummy yogurt/peanut butter smoothies, back rubs, the whole nine yards. The pushing stage was awesome. When I got those urges to push, I started to smile and get my energy back, because I knew it meant my baby was coming soon. When it came to pushing I was squatting (felt great!) but then baby wasn't tolerating it, so we tried laying down with legs up, then I flipped to my hands and knees to get him out and that felt great.

My little guy had his left hand up coming out and I did tear, but everything is healing nicely.

I am just on cloud 9. The labor itself was so, so hard, much more painful than I was expecting honestly, but the recovery is just amazing. I feel so much better. I am so happy and thrilled. I was separated from my first son and when I finally saw him I could barely take care of him, ykwim? I felt like I had been run over by a truck, and I was so sad, depressed and scared at the same time. This time, this exhaustion from the long labor disappeared as I was pushing and the adrenaline and endorphins kicked in. I was no longer tired. Since the moment of his birth, I can take care of my baby myself- I can stand up, pick him up, change him, feed him. I can use the bathroom, I can eat. All the things I couldn't do after my csection remind me of how lucky I am to have gotten my vbac. The most important part is I got to birth my baby myself, and touch him and tell him how much I love him right away. I got to look down and discover he was a boy for myself too. It was such an empowering experience.

Let's see if these pics work...

Our newest son, several hours old:

http://pic14.picturetrail.com/VOL555.../261295257.jpg

Big brother and baby:


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Mama, big brother and baby (daddy taking picture!)

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Congratulations!

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Congratulations!

I had the same print on some pants for my baby .

Happy Birthday baby boy!
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Congrats! The birthinh high lasts a while. He is beauitful!
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Awsome! My VBAC was 36 hours, which was plenty long enough for me. Long isn't necessarily bad, sometimes VBAC labors are long and slow to build, as if the body is being gentle to itself. I wouldn't describe mine that way, it felt pretty intense througout, but I don't have much to compare it to. Grin!

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Congratulations!!! Wonderful job, mama!!

My VBAC was also very long (about 48 hours from start to finish, not counting the really early stuff), and was very, very difficult. My DS also had a nuchal hand, and my MW said that accounted for a lot of the extra pain and time that it all took. It was, without a doubt, the most incredibly difficult thing I have EVER done. And, yet, it was wonderful! It's hard to put into words how you can have "wonderful" and "excruciating" all at the same time, but you've described quite well the wonderful differences between the c/s and the HBAC. And how awesome to know that YOU did it, even when it was so much harder than most women have to endure!

Many congrats on this wonderful accomplishment and your beautiful new baby boy!

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Thank you for all the kind words!

I feel guilty not writing out a full story : but for some reason I'm not ready yet. I need to get my sister to edit the title it's making me experience writer's block...

I am STILL on a birth high a week later. What an amazing experience.

Mama to my spirited J, and L, my homebirth: baby especially DTaP, MMR (family vax injuries)
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I am so happy for you! I also really loved the pushing part of my VBAC! Congrats!

Kate: fumbling through the best years with W, L, F & V...newest arrival coming Jan '11
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Hey, Congratulations!

Don't feel guilty about not writing your birth story yet! You just had a baby. We can certainly wait.

So glad to hear you are still high on birth. Can't wait to experience the same!

Take good care!

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Oh gorgeous pics!!! Congratulations to you! I feel quite misty reading your story.
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Congratulations!

You have a beautiful family. I love the picture of your ds with the new baby.

Enjoy your babymoon.
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My HBAC baby turned 1 in April. My labor was long (50+ hours) and intense too, she came out with both hands up by her cheeks. I can very much relate to how you are feeling. I remember feeling the "ring of fire", after pushing for 3 hours, and just being overjoyed, because I knew it was really going to happen, I was going to push this baby out!!! Congratulations on your beautiful baby and enjoy your baby moon.

P.S. I am still on a birth high a year later, I still want to shout it from the roof tops.
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CONGRATULATIONS! You must be soooo happy!!!!! Don't feel bad for not posting the whole story I thought it was great just the way you wrote it!
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thank you so much, for all the kind posts!


Drumroll please...

Still no story officially written out (maybe never?)...but I did make a v ideo.

FYI: Not for the squeamish. A lot of behind, meconium, and a couple of procedures that I go back and forth on but have accepted as what needed to be part of Loren's birth (and mine, it was my birth too, it really was an awakening). It was a beautiful birth, and a learning experience. I can't wait for the next one!

http://www.onetruemedia.com/my_share...edium=text_url

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That was such a great video! Thank you for sharing!
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Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I may never experience a VBAC, but I rejoice for all of you who do.

Still crying!!

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Thank You so Much for Sharing your experience. You did great and I am heartened for my own aspirations of a VBAC.

You have a beautiful family.

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Beautiful, thanks for sharing!
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what a great video!!! Congrats on your VBAC!!!

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Congrats, again, Amy! That's a video that needs a Kleenex warning! :

Did he seem to have a shoulder dystocia? I didn't notice how long it took from head to body, but it seemed like perhaps they were concerned? Or was it just the nuchal hand they were working on?

Thanks so much for sharing!!

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Congrats, again, Amy! That's a video that needs a Kleenex warning! :

Did he seem to have a shoulder dystocia? I didn't notice how long it took from head to body, but it seemed like perhaps they were concerned? Or was it just the nuchal hand they were working on?

Thanks so much for sharing!!
I'm pretty sure it was the nuchal hand causing the most trouble. I think that's why I progressed so slowly and was pushing for so long. His arm was keeping him from coming down all the way and I think he was somewhat tranverse or asyclintic??? When I finally made the decision to break the water-something I had been hesitating to do- his positioning improved and he was born an hour later.

Incidently my twin sister's HBAC babe also had the nuchal hand thing going. He did have mild shoulder dystocia that was resolved by mama flipping to hands and knees. I think the fact that I was already on hands and knees, plus the arnica, and acupuncture I had done to reduce swelling kept this from happening to me though. (My sister also had major swelling) I never would have thought of labial acupuncture, but am a believer now

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I'm pretty sure it was the nuchal hand causing the most trouble. I think that's why I progressed so slowly and was pushing for so long. His arm was keeping him from coming down all the way and I think he was somewhat tranverse or asyclintic??? When I finally made the decision to break the water-something I had been hesitating to do- his positioning improved and he was born an hour later.

Incidently my twin sister's HBAC babe also had the nuchal hand thing going. He did have mild shoulder dystocia that was resolved by mama flipping to hands and knees. I think the fact that I was already on hands and knees, plus the arnica, and acupuncture I had done to reduce swelling kept this from happening to me though. (My sister also had major swelling) I never would have thought of labial acupuncture, but am a believer now
My HBAC babe also had a nuchal hand, and my MW assured me that it was absolutely to blame for making labor both longer and harder (including more painful) that it would've been otherwise. I'm praying this next babe learns to put its hands down!

Labial accupuncture?! Definitely not something *I* would've thought of, either! Glad it worked, though! Wow!!

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Just beautiful. I'm wiping away tears. Congratulations mama!

 

  

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