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I've been splitting my time between here and the VBAC forum. Just wondering if any of you ladies are planning a VBAC with this pregnancy and/or have done one. For the record, I am hoping for a VBAC (although I've got problems in the "positive thought" department - I'm far too focused on the factors that will hurt my chances - not so much on what could go wrong.) How are you preparing?
 

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I'm attempting a VBAC..<br><br>
Just as of recently I've started lurking on the VBAC forum.. Mentally I needed to see that this baby was okay on my recent ultrasound, before I started this research...<br><br>
So far, I've looked into the sticky for book recommendations... Per majority, I decided to go w/ VBAC companion. I hope to get it soon..<br><br>
I'm going to also look into optimal baby postioning..<br><br>
For me, I really felt that my last pregnancy was almost a natural birth delivery.. I had no problems.. I labored naturally. Reached 10cm, and pushed for 3 hrs..<br><br>
My slip up was having my water broken at 7cm, hoping it would speed up labor.. I think this is what caused my c/s.. My ds1 was a "OP brow presentation" So I think the fluid being drained, just caused his head to be like a vacummn, and it stuck in the wrong place...<br><br>
So in hindsight, with this time around, I'll make sure I prepare ds2 in an optimal position. I will not have my water broken.<br><br>
I have recently asked about my chances for a successful VBAC, and per consenses, I seem to be a favorable candidate.. But again that could mean nothing..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'm planning an HBAC.
 

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I'm planning a VBAC. We'll be in the hospital and I'm definitely planning on hiring a doula for support (dh is kind of useless in that department). I gotta get on the find-a-doula thing. I think I'll probably wait till after my u/s next week. Not sure why... but I think like Mighty Mama I just need to have that u/s under my belt for some reason.
 

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I'm planning a HBAC.<br><br>
My son's birth was quite traumatic for me. I've had a lot of baggage to work through. I went from denial to despair to anger and am now working on forgiveness. (I'll let you know how that goes.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> )<br><br>
I thought Birthing from Within would be kind of hokey, but I got it from the library and it was so good I ended up buying it. (paypaling a fellow MDC mom for it tonight! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: )<br><br>
I've also read or are working on reading a bunch of other books from the suggested reading sticky. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth AND Spiritual Midwifery have been my other two faves. I'm working on Natural birth after a cesarean section & Silent Knife at the moment. Natural pregnancy book by A.(can't remember her first name) Jill Romm...Um, Nothing else I've read has stood out, so I guess those were the best. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I've read a lot of positive VBAC/HBAC stories (and watched videos etc) and VBAC stats and stuff, which really normalizes VBAC I think, in a culture where it is not so generally favored.<br><br>
I have progressed from thinking for months after my son's birth that I would just default to a ERC with the next baby. Honestly I think finding MDC and having it normalize my view of birth made a huge diff. Then I was planning a ERC but angry and resentful that people would look down on me for it. Honestly I was projecting my OWN feelings, that I would look down on myself for taking the 'easy' route. Then I came round to the idea of VBAC. By the time I got pregnant, I was adament. Once I started working on my issues (not the most fun task, but necisarry) I realized I am very uptight and have a lot of fear surrounding a hospital birth now. And, could I say disgust even? I became unsure if I could even do it there. So I started thinking, talking, praying, discussing w/DH a homebirth.<br><br>
Prayer has been a huge help to me as well. I won't go into huge religious convo here, but I have had a lot of peace about doing a HBAC, even though by most (including myself a year ago!) it would be looked at as pure insanity. It has helped a lot with letting go of bed emotions from my first birth. I put my trust in God, asking for wisdom when making decisions, and I feel the responsibility to do everything <b>I</b> can do to have a physically and emotionally healthy, safe and satisfying birth, but the rest is on pure faith and I have peace with that.<br><br>
Some of the things I have been praying and envisioning and expecting for this birth are that the baby will be term, head and face down, that I will dialate in a regular manner, that the baby will come out without tearing me, healthy and breathing, followed shortly by the entire placenta. That the whole thing will be <i>strong, joyful</i> and <i>safe.</i> I am honestly really excited to do it in the peace and privacy of my own home, and have our family unit of me and DH (and maybe DS) and the new baby there together right away in our own environment. I am excited to meet my new person, whose gender I am saving as a surprise for myself for extra laboring motivation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
To practically prepare, I am trying to take really good care of myself emotionally, spirtually and physically, which I didn't do so well with my pregnancy with my son.<br><br>
My son was posterior so I am going to be seeing a chiro this pregnancy (and I need to start practicing Spinning Babies stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) to give myself the best chances of having a head down, face down baby.<br><br>
I had my son in a hospital with an uncompassionate, impatient OB, so I am planning to have this one(currently looking for a good MW) a homebirth with a midwife. (worst case scenerio is hospital birth with a CMN)<br><br>
I didn't have a doula with my son's birth, so I'm getting one this time.<br><br>
I didn't eat or drink last time, which left me sick and weak and exhausted, so this time I will do so even if I end up in the hospital.<br><br>
I had my MIL and DH present for my first labor, and the rest of the family in the waiting room for HOURS. This time we're going to demand our privacy and do our own thing. Pretty much trying to do everything I can opposite of how I did it with the first one.<br><br>
Ok, I've written half of this with a snacking toddler on my lap, so hope it flows ok and excuse the spelling! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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I am planning a VBAC myself.<br><br>
Mine will most likely be in a hospital but I plan to labor as long as I can in a hotel room about 2 miles from the hospital with a doula.<br><br>
I am seeing a chiro through my pregnancy.<br><br>
I have read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (I HIGHLY recommand for help with fears and feeling like YOU CAN do it!)<br>
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (liked a lot as well)<br>
The Thinking Womans Guild to a Better Birth (it was okay but my least favorite its more facts)<br>
I just got the VBAC Companion and plan to start it today.(I read the whole book in one day!! It was very good!)<br><br>
I am also looking at lots of websites that talk about getting ready for labor and getting baby in a good position. I am trying hard to eat healthy, gain as little as possible (but in a healthy way) and to exercise.<br><br>
I also plan to read lots and lots of happy birth stories to keep me from being scared of labor. Especially close to the end of pregnancy.<br><br>
Lots and lots of positive thinking!
 

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I'm planning a VBAC. Though I needed to sign a release for trial of labor. Is this standard?It basically outlines all the stats for "normal, c/c and VBAC births. The numbers are kinda scary.<br>
I'll have to post them over on the VBAC board and see if they are legit.
 

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I had an HBAC with my Sept '04 babe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> My labor was very very similar to my first birth, but the support and the outcome were completely different! It was a very difficult birth but so rewarding. I knew I'd never birth a different way again, though for awhile I wasn't sure I'd be up to doing it at all! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I knew I'd need 3 years, and this next babe is due 3 years and 1 month (almost to the day) after my last birth.<br><br>
I'm working on exercise and nutrition to try to encourage my body to work better this time, but I'm also prepared for another loooong labor. I know I can do it, and I'm so excited for those of you who will also be doing a VBAC! <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'll have to post them over on the VBAC board and see if they are legit.</div>
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Huh, Did your ob give you it? Is it standard for your state, or are you attempting a HVBAC?
 

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Thanks for sharing. I'm also planning an HBAC. Homebirth was our original plan with #1 as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"> . I hope this one goes better (although, all things considered, my first birth wasn't that bad.)
 
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