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I will be! My last birth was just horrible - a failed induction, to make a long story short. I am so excited to NOT be taking that path this time. I've been really involved in my local ICAN chapter and lucky enough to see many of my friends VBAC over the last two years. I am so excited that soon it will be my turn!

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Count me in. I had a horrible experience my first birth. I was induced with the doc. breaking my water, and starting pitocin immediately, and i never dialated. I was in strong hard labor for 23 hours when they finally said lets do a c-section. I'm refusing to have a cs this time, whatever it takes!

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Me too. DD was an induction for toxemia and while I dilated to complete, she was malpositioned and wouldn't come out. Didn't help that I was restricted to the bed. :S So hopefully this time will be a HBAC.

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My DD was a HBAC waterbirth and we hope the same for this little one. I will tell you that my HBAC changed my life in the most amazing way. I can't wait to experience it all over again!

Best of luck to you all!!
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my daughter was born by C/S because of doctor induction then failure to progress.

my son was a hospital VBAC- it was amazing! hoping for the same this time

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I had a failed induction the first time, a failed vbac the second time and so this time is a scheduled section.
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ME ME ME!!! My twins were an uneccessary c-section, DS was an induced VBAC...hopefully this one will be a HBAC! I refuse to do a c-section unless there is a serious, life-threatening problem.
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I had a failed induction the first time, a failed vbac the second time and so this time is a scheduled section.
Are you unable to attempt a VBAC this time? Is it your decision, or your provider's?

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I am hoping for a VBAC. DS was breech but we think he turned during labor so it wasn't discovered until I'd been in labor for 16 hours or so. Not sure what we'll do if this one is breech, I'll have to talk it over with my doc. I have a wonderful OB who is famous for VBACs in this area so I'm very excited.
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Thats my plan!

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Just checking in. I'm almost 10 weeks. I have started to think a little bit about my own VBAC. It's so weird, it's been such a long time coming that it almost seems like a non-issue, yet at the same time it is so huge for me. I feel really confident in my provider. He did 67 VBACs for my ICAN chapter last year and he's a straight-up supporter. No ifs, ands, or buts. There was no question of whether or not I was a good candidate, etc. That's so great, especially since I am so aware of the struggles and trust issues other women have while seeking a provider.

Even as I rejoice in my sense of security with my provider, this is starting to bring up some emotions about my last birth. The "could haves, should haves," I guess - if I had made different choices, I wouldn't be in this position. I wouldn't be risked out of a hospital water birth (for moronic hospital policy issues), I wouldn't risk out of like 80% of the homebirth midwives in my area - there are a couple that currently do VBACs but neither have come highly recommended, plus I have some other stuff going on that may risk me out.

Also, I wonder if/when my family is going to ask if I am going to schedule another c-section and what their reaction will be to my decision to VBAC. My dad and MIL are the main people I am worried about. My dad will respond well to facts, I think. My MIL is a nurse and not the brightest person I know, so she's kind of iffy... but really that's a minor concern. I am way too convinced in my decision to VBAC to be swayed by anyone at this point. I hate conflict, though, and it makes me nervous to know there may be conflict about my birth in the future.

Guess that's it.

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I sooo want a vbac. My son was 10.5 lbs, and Im tiny, they wouldnt even let me attempt labor. I also had PIH and my bp was insane high. My mom is small and she birthed three babies, two of which were over 9lbs. I spoke to my doc about it already, and he says I have an "unproven" pelvis, apparently b/c my son didnt drop, ever. I feel like the reason he didnt drop is because his head was too big to fit lol. The worst part about the c/s was having to be stuck in that terrible hospital bed! I didnt walk for 36 hours, it was a nightmare. My doc said he would work with me, but he isnt optimistic that my baby will be regular sized. The m/w who works in my OB office said they could give me a different mixture in the spinal, and apparently I could be up and out of bed much sooner. But I mean, if the baby is normal sized, I definently want to have a vbac. More than anything! I feel like Im already doomed tho since they are being so icky about it

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I'm hoping for a VBA2C. There is one midwife practice that I am meeting with on Monday and I am crossing my fingers they will take me. Otherwise there is no OB near me that would support it

I had an unnecessary c/s with my first and a failed VBAC attempt with my 2nd. I just can't imagine my only option being yet another c/s.

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This will be my 4th VBAC. My c-section was for a preemie who didn't live past 6 hours. VERY horrible experience in which I now completely blame the hospital for her wrongful death. But since then I have had 3 babies naturally in the water. Each baby was big, dd-9 lbs, ds 9 lbs, ds 10.3 lbs.......I am so excited about having another VBAC.
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I sooo want a vbac. My son was 10.5 lbs, and Im tiny, they wouldnt even let me attempt labor. I also had PIH and my bp was insane high. My mom is small and she birthed three babies, two of which were over 9lbs. I spoke to my doc about it already, and he says I have an "unproven" pelvis, apparently b/c my son didnt drop, ever. I feel like the reason he didnt drop is because his head was too big to fit lol. The worst part about the c/s was having to be stuck in that terrible hospital bed! I didnt walk for 36 hours, it was a nightmare. My doc said he would work with me, but he isnt optimistic that my baby will be regular sized. The m/w who works in my OB office said they could give me a different mixture in the spinal, and apparently I could be up and out of bed much sooner. But I mean, if the baby is normal sized, I definently want to have a vbac. More than anything! I feel like Im already doomed tho since they are being so icky about it
It sounds like you have a lot going on in planning for this VBAC!

If you never got to labor, it seems like it would be hard to say why your son didn't "drop." It's possible that he would have dropped sometime later on if your pregnancy had been able to progress naturally. That's one of those things you will never know - but next time can be different!

"Big baby" is not a reason not to go for a VBAC! A friend on my ICAN board recently did a great job summarizing a bunch of info about VBAC and macrosomia (big baby). According to ACOG's 2004 recommendations on macrosomia and VBAC there is a slight statistical decrease in the rate of VBAC success, but 60-90% of attempts are still successful.

Have you considered interviewing other providers in your area? If your OB is already giving you cause to doubt I am not sure if he is going to be the best one to support you all the way through the end. If you are in Middle Tennessee you might even be pretty close to Ina May Gaskin's Farm Midwifery Center. That would be pretty cool... They have a c/s rate of 1-2%.

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I am hoping for a hospital VBAC. I did not manage to find anyone who would do one at the hospital in my city, but I've made an appointment for next week with an OB who does them at a hospital 20-30 minutes away. Hopefully he will agree to take me as a VBAC candidate. My caesarean was for arrest of descent after 40 hrs of labour and 2 hrs of pushing. The OB who delivered me told me my pelvis was too small and that I would never be able to have a successful vaginal birth, but DS was posterior, and I am hoping that with better positioning things will go more smoothly. At the very least I want a second opinion by a dr who is VBAC-friendly.
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I sooo want a vbac. My son was 10.5 lbs, and Im tiny, they wouldnt even let me attempt labor. I also had PIH and my bp was insane high. My mom is small and she birthed three babies, two of which were over 9lbs. I spoke to my doc about it already, and he says I have an "unproven" pelvis, apparently b/c my son didnt drop, ever. I feel like the reason he didnt drop is because his head was too big to fit lol. The worst part about the c/s was having to be stuck in that terrible hospital bed! I didnt walk for 36 hours, it was a nightmare. My doc said he would work with me, but he isnt optimistic that my baby will be regular sized. The m/w who works in my OB office said they could give me a different mixture in the spinal, and apparently I could be up and out of bed much sooner. But I mean, if the baby is normal sized, I definently want to have a vbac. More than anything! I feel like Im already doomed tho since they are being so icky about it

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If you do want a VBAC you will need to find a new care provider!
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I am hoping for a hospital VBAC. I did not manage to find anyone who would do one at the hospital in my city, but I've made an appointment for next week with an OB who does them at a hospital 20-30 minutes away. Hopefully he will agree to take me as a VBAC candidate. My caesarean was for arrest of descent after 40 hrs of labour and 2 hrs of pushing. The OB who delivered me told me my pelvis was too small and that I would never be able to have a successful vaginal birth, but DS was posterior, and I am hoping that with better positioning things will go more smoothly. At the very least I want a second opinion by a dr who is VBAC-friendly.
way to go!!! I wish you an AWESOME VBAC!! Good Luck momma!
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I am hoping for a hospital VBAC. I did not manage to find anyone who would do one at the hospital in my city, but I've made an appointment for next week with an OB who does them at a hospital 20-30 minutes away. Hopefully he will agree to take me as a VBAC candidate. My caesarean was for arrest of descent after 40 hrs of labour and 2 hrs of pushing. The OB who delivered me told me my pelvis was too small and that I would never be able to have a successful vaginal birth, but DS was posterior, and I am hoping that with better positioning things will go more smoothly. At the very least I want a second opinion by a dr who is VBAC-friendly.
I am planning a hospital VBAC as well. Our local ICAN chapter has a couple of very VBAC friendly providers... we are lucky to live in a large metro area. Still, it's ashamed that there aren't more options, for hospital and homebirth for VBACs.

Trillian, I know several women who had their c/s for posterior baby/"CPD" and ended up having successful VBACs, a few of them with BIGGER babies than their c/s babies. I know you can do it!

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Well, I would love to have options, as in another provider, but I live in kind of a rural area. And I do like my OB, I really like him. He said he was willing to work with me, and that is enough for me right now. I'm not going to have regrets, in the end my main concern is healthy baby. I do feel like my prev. pregnancy vaginal birth could have been attempted. Apparently I was having huge contractions on the day of my c/s, but I wasnt in any pain. The nurses came running in telling me I could get meds. I was like, um "Meds for?". They told me I was having bigger contractions that anyone on the whoe floor, but I was simply uncomfortable. But being past ur due date, who is comfortable? ANyway, I'm still doin all the research I can, and maybe if I whine enough I can shut my doc up?


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greenmama, you might want to consider getting some local support from other VBAC moms. I just looked and the ICAN chapter in TN is in Nashville. Their monthly meeting is tomorrow night. http://icanofnashville.webs.com/ Good luck with your VBAC journey and let us know how we can support you here in the DDC!

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I'm also planning a VBAC. My DS was a post-dates induction where one intervention led to the next and the next and... you know the story. Turns out he was 9lbs 15oz, posterior, presenting with his forehead.
I just met with the midwife I'll be using this time, for a hospital VBAC. She and her partner are totally supportive of VBAC, and she even told me an anecdote about a women she helped VBAC deliver an 11lb baby! So I guess they won't pressure me if this baby "measures big"!
Good luck to us all!

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I will be trying for a VBA2C. My first C was a life-saving necessity. (An emergency section at 35 weeks with severe HELLP Syndrome, was in the ICU for 2 days afterwards, needed a platelet transfusion. Very scary!)

The second I'm not so sure about ... had a supportive OB and hospital (would have preferred a home birth but have a serious clotting disorder that risks me out.) Went in after a pin-prick break of my bag of waters, which was probably my biggest mistake. On Pit for 12+ hours, strong contractions with Pit but none on my own. Handled them really well (while DH slept, lol!), but no dilation, no effacing and baby was still "floating" and eventually started to show signs of not tolerating the whole thing. Was SO disappointed at first, but once I heard my sweet baby cry and the doctor placed him in my arms (without cleaning him up or anything ... straight from my belly to my arms as I had asked ... the BEST part of that day!) ... I completely forgot my disappointment and was totally, head-over-heels in love.

So, while I still wonder what went wrong and if it could have had a different outcome, I'm thankful I had a healthy, full-term delivery with no complications and have decided to leave it at that.

Still, I deeply believe that a VBAC is safest for the baby and I, as long as my BP is ok and I am healthy. I find myself at a progressive, VBAC-friendly hospital and was VERY pleased that my OB is open to my trying for a vaginal delivery. He gave me a few stats on the risks, but it was really just informational and not at all a scare tactic. I am also pleased that I can be seen by the midwives who deliver there, even if they can't attend the birth. I plan on seeing them a few times to discuss how I can best navigate the hospital's "system", as well as how I can be best prepared physically, nutritionally, emotionally etc.

I also plan on having a doula, or at least a very well prepared and equipped birth team (my SIL and DH and probably my mom as well).

Whatever happens, whether I have a VBAC or another C-section, I am making all the preparations I can for a positive, amazing birth experience!

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