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I am looking for information on VBAC after 2 c-sections. My oldest was a c/s after 42 hours of induced labor with 5 hours of pushing (evidently she was in the wrong position and did not want to turn). Her birth, despite the c/s was a wonderful experience. We chose a scheduled c/s with our second daughter, which I will never do again! I would like a VBAC for our next child (not yet conceived). Does anyone have any information on or experience with a VBAC after 2 c/s?

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Yes, you can vbac after 2 c/s!!!
I had a hba2c in Mar 04 after my OB terminated my care for asking too many questions about vbacs (that's what I think happened anyway). I hired a mw and had the best birth experience.
There really isn't too much out there specific to vba2c, but plus-size pregancy on the web has a few tid bits.
I also had a sch c/s w/ #2 and it was a terrible mistake.
I would recommend reading Ian May Gaskins 2 books, they were eye openers to the emotional issues surrounding birth and how interventions, transports and fear play a big role in FTP and other things leading to c/s.
I also read a few books on general woman's health -- Pelvic Health was one title.
I read all the books at our local library on birth and woman's GYN health. I did a lot of research on-line about birth and vbac when I could. I found general hb birth stories to be more empowering that vbac stories.
 

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I am planning a HBA2C, which will hopefully happen in the next several weeks. It's reassuring to see that others have done this successfully, because I'm pretty nervous about it!
 

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I second Ina May Gaskin's books! I had a VBA3C a year ago July and it was incredible!!!! If it weren't for her writings I probably would have ended up with another c-section.

I wish I had websites and other books handy for you, but if you search I'm sure you will find plenty of good information. Maybe some other mamas can provide some for you.

There are not a lot of studies out there about VBA2c, but there are a few.
I will say that if your last section was less than 2 years ago that I would be more concerned about uterine rupture than if it was longer than that. The studies I had read when I was researching said that < 2 yrs there was a significant increase in ruptures. Same for inductions. It's not a good idea to be induced for a VBAC. Some docs still do it, but based on what I've read I would be nervous.

That being said, VBAC's are generally very safe (even though the medical community would have you believe differently). They are using the same statistics now to tell moms not to try for a VBAC as they did 10 years ago to tell me that I should try for one. The statistics haven't changed, just more docs CYA if you know what I mean.

Given your situation: 1st baby induced and in the wrong position and the scheduled section, I would say that your chances are pretty good. No one can make any promises, but at least you didn't have a situation that would necessarily repeat itself with this baby.

2nd baby was scheduled section so you don't really know what would have happened last time.

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I also had a sch c/s w/ #2 and it was a terrible mistake.
I feel the same way about the birth of #2 as well, and really want to avoid that with the next one. I truely believe that it was bad for her (she ended up in the nursery instead of my arms and my room) and for me (I was terribly depressed afterwards).

I really feel that I need to avoid a c/s with the 3rd. It is funny, thought, there were none of those problems after DD1's birth. Maybe because I went through so much labor with her before the c/s.

Thank you all for your shared information, and I would love links to more VBA2C birth stories. They are very inspiring. We know all of the problems and reasons against the repeat c/s. The stories help to confirm that our choice to VBA2C is safe.

Thanks again!
 

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I have a df who had her first 2 births csections. Her first preg was twins, so twenty yrs ago it was automatic. Her next one was a csec(scheduled?). After that she started Vbacs and now has 8 kids, the last 4 born at home with a midwife for only one of those births. the other three were unassissted/unattended. I was there for the last 2 and it was amazing!!
 

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I got my homebirth VBA2C!! The birth story is here if you want to read it. The birth was AMAZING and I'm so glad I did it. I'm also glad I don't have to do it again. :LOL Dh got a vasectomy for Valentine's Day, so no more for me. I wish you all the best of luck in your VBACs!
 
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