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Canadian mom of Myron born in Japan, March 2007. Our second son born at home, wonderful HBAC in July 2010. I am a jeweller, I love creating things!
1***5****10****15****20****25****30****35***40****45, Due June 10th, 2014
Thought I'd chime in - this is my third hbac and is definately easier going into then the first time. My babies have been posterior and I found getting into a near squatting position was the easiest to push baby out. My midwife was great and had lots of experience with vbacs and we probably talked through fears, questions, etc. about an hour each visit. That really helped me get to the right frame of mind. I also worried about the pushing phase as ds was a csec due to face presentation/distress and I was at 10 trying to get him to turn/move. Never felt the urge to push with him and after an hour at 10 cm he kept getting worse (also thick meconium and low heartrate).
Sooo it helped to know that my body could labor and when it was time to push the midwife helped me recognize the difference between my sounds of involuntary pushing - yes I needed that pointed out! It took about an hour that time trying all kinds of positions. As soon as I did the semi-squat/sit baby was out in 2 pushes. Next baby as soon as I felt the urge to push I immediately sat up into a squat in the pool and baby was out within minutes of pushing - also posterior baby.
That first hbac is sooo healing - amazing experience to hold baby after birth rather than laying in surgery!! Feels like you can do anything after that and restored confidence. I wish you ladies the best and a "You Can Do It!!!"
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