I'm not pregnant yet (PCOS) but I'm looking for encouragement I guess. Anybody BTDT?
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It can be done successfully, obviously, and I daresay you've got a better chance of being successful at home than at 99% of hospitals. I seem to have really lucked out with Kapi'olani; I've since heard from more than one woman in essentially my same situation who wound up with repeat c-section! (By my situation, I mean OP baby and very long labor.)
The way I look on it is this. You can always do what I did and decide it is better for you if you go to the hospital. You cannot, however, be at the hospital and walk out when you decide you'd rather be at home!
ETA: I want to be VERY clear. Since everything was fine for me at the hospital, I can say without a moment's hesitation that it would have been fine at home too. You are safer at home.
Sabra: Mama to Bobbie (3/02), Linda (1/04), Esther (10/05), Marie (11/10), Douglas (11/12), & Psalm (09/14; in Heaven)
Midwifery Student and Mama to 2 daughters and 3 sons.
I have given birth a variety of ways and I am thankful for what each one has taught me.
My first 2 children were born by C-section. My last two were UC births. : I will find my first UC birthstory and post a link. I haven't finished my second UC story yet. Baby dd was born 3.5 weeks ago.
I feel that the safest place for me and my baby is at home. After lots of research, rupture isn't any more concern (meaning I don't fear it actually happening) to me than prolapsed cord or any other rare-but-serious complication.
Lots of people don't understand that repeat c/s is more dangerous than VBAC, and that a VBAC is safest and most likely to "succeed" when it's a HBAC or (my opinion) UBAC. No drugs, stimulants, nervous attendants, etc. to mess with the process.
My advice would be to avoid talking to unsupportive people! Little doubts creep in easily that way! There's no reason why you'd be less suitable to have a UC or homebirth or plain ole vaginal birth than anyone else, so don't listen to those fear mongers.
Good luck with TTC and whatever birth path you choose!
I have my fears sometimes but thats more because of society, everything in me is screaming to go UC, as it was with my daughter, but this time I am not ignoring it...
I face constant criticism at the idea that I'm evening planning a VBAC, let alone at home! People are convinced my uterus will explode.
Babs + Curtis - Parents of Tempest (08/07/03 ), Jericho (11/01/05 ), Xan (10/03/06 ), Zephyra (06/02/11 ). @ babyslime.livejournal.com
How about just planning a birth? Amazing what reframing can do for your confidence!