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Ok....my sweet little girl was born nearly 2 years ago. I was induced 2.5 weeks after my due date and was in labor for 14 hours then pushed for 3. They decided that she wasn't coming out- she kept poking out and then going back in (sorry if TMI)....she was finally born by c-sec weighing 9lbs 3.5oz and was 22.5 inches long. I am only 5' and 100 lbs when not preg. I tried everything I could to go into labor with her sooner as well.<br><br>
My questions....am I doomed to have another c-section? What can I do to promote a VBAC next time (other than think positively)- I mean- excercises, etc<br><br>
Please help me as I am really wanting to do this. TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I am 5 ft, 3/4 of an inch tall. I was told by the OB that did my c-sec that my pelvis was too small to give birth to a baby bigger than 5 ibs. I would have questioned this, but my baby was starting to get into distress (heart rate going down) after 10 hours of hard back labor - unmedicated, and never dilating past 1. He also told me that if you are under 5 ft tall you only have 50% chance of giving birth vaginally. I think this is a lot of hooey -but I am too scared to attempt VBAC. 3 different docs said I will have to have repeat c-sec. I think they are covering their butts.<br><br>
For the rest of my life I will wonder what if...what if I had been induced 2 weeks before my EDD instead of carrying her 6 days over? (I am not for inducing because of the risks so I did not want to do that), what if I had not let them use cervadil 4 days after my edd ( got sent home did not use pitocin- the cervadil did soften me a little, but not enough for pitocin), what if I had walked more during my pregnancy, what if I had a different doctor, what if I waited longer at home while in labor?, what if her head had not been sideways? (the cord was wrapped once - I hear that is pretty common). I will have these questions in my mind as long as there are breaths in my body - unfortunately I will never know the answer. I try to comfort myself by telling myself that I am lucky because I had a perfect, healthy daughter and I would not trade that for anything.<br><br>
My doctor just moved offices and is doing VBAC's at a different hospital in town. I really can't bear the thought of going through my next pregnancy knowing I will have to be sliced open on a scheduled date. I am secretly hoping that if/when I have another child that I go into labor fast and that I get to the hospital I am crowning and the baby is out it 2 pushes. Yeah I know this is unrealistic, but hey...a girl can dream - right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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this may be helpful<br><a href="http://www.midwifemama.com/vertical_delivery.html" target="_blank">http://www.midwifemama.com/vertical_delivery.html</a>
 

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my sister is barely 5 feet tall and has had 3 8-lb babies vaginally. so it can be done! my mom is barely 5 feet tall, and she had 7 of us vaginally, and half of us were breech.
 

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Being 5ft tall does not limit the ability to give birth to big babies!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
With that said my mom who is 5ft flat gave birth to my MOOSE of a brother who weighed 12lb. NATURALLY, over an INTACT perineum. I gave birth 9 months ago to a "peanut" (in comparison) who weighed 10lb 2oz. I am 5ft 2in, weighed 109 before i started having babies. I have a small/medium frame.<br><br>
Pelivs size are not limited. One's pelvis is NOT a rigid structure. With the progression of one's pregnancy more relaxin is produced, allowing the ligaments to stretch and expand. Being off of your back, upright, on your H&K, or squatting increases your pelvic outlet up to 30+%.<br><br>
Babies heads mold, mother's pelvis open, babies get birthed.<br><br>
Talk to a midwife, one who loves big babies, and see what her take is on pelvis sizes. Don't beleieve what an OB says, especially one who is more concerned with his malpractice insurance rates than making sure you have ever opportunity to give birth they way you should.
 

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I spent most of my labor on my hands and knees, on the birthing ball or standing up. I was not allowed to walk because I had to be hooked to the monitor. I had a doula. I really really really tried. I think that her head being sideways could be part of the reason I did not progress. I really want a vaginal birth next time, but I too am scared of VBAC. I think I will see how my pregnancy progresses. Like if I go in for an appt. and he checks me and I am at 3cm+/100% effaced I might have a little better faith that my body can do it.
 

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Have ya'll read this? It inspired me... <a href="http://www.mothering.com/11-0-0/html/11-4-0/vbac-home.shtml" target="_blank">A home VBAC...My Way</a>
 

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Thank you for all your responses! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Courtney, you are NOT doomed to having c-secs. I encourage you to serach (now is not too early) for an attendant who respects your wishes, knows of many ways to help VBACS & educates you in those, doesn't require induction (there's alot of ways to encourge your body to soften up though). Until you speak w/ a midwife who has experience in helping VBACs/HBACs, you jsut don't know the vast resource that a non-hospital or non-physician controlled midwife can be for you. Karen Valcourt of BirthTender
 

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Also look for info about optimal fetal positioning (OFP) - here are a couple sites with info<br><br><a href="http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/malpositions.htm" target="_blank">http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/malpositions.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.spinningbabies.com/" target="_blank">http://www.spinningbabies.com/</a><br><br>
And I'd encourage you to join the ICAN email list - it's a wealth of information with women who have been in similar situations.<br><br><a href="http://www.ican-online.org" target="_blank">http://www.ican-online.org</a><br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
LisaG
 

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I had a c-sec. in April 2001, and knew i wanted to do everything I could to prevent having another one, and I did. This past April 2003 I had a VBAC at home with a midwife, and everything went great! The first decision I made was to go with a midwife, preferably for a home birth. I know there are some out there that deliver at the hospital. The care of a midwife is much better than the care of an OB, IMO. She stressed nutrition so much, and I think that helped out alot. It helped strengthen the incision, and many other things too. Something else that I did to strengthen the incision was to take a good Vit. E. These are all just suggestions that I remember off the top of my head.<br><br>
I remember one of the first things I said after my baby was born was, "I can't believe I didn't have a C-section!" I thought that once I had one I was going to have more. I am just one example of living proof that a VBAC can be done.<br><br>
Jennifer
 
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