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VBAC goes up and down where I live (Washington state). When I had my son 5 years ago it was very hard to VBAC in a hospital. Now my OB is saying it is the safest option and they support it 100% which I love. She said I am a good candidate bc my first was vaginal and second was cesarean.<br><br>
So is anyone else attempting VBAC in a hospital?
 

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Me! This time I'm at a hospital that's only labor and delivery. The docs and nurses are all pro VBAC. My last doc told me that the hospital I delivered DS at does not allow them. We moved, so I guess I got lucky.<br><br>
I'm awaiting my surgical report to my new OB. It was an emergency and she wants to make sure I don't have a classical uterine incision. Otherwise she thinks it's a-okay.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My last doc told me that the hospital I delivered DS at does not allow them.</div>
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The hospital that I delivered my daughter at is the same way. Too bad because it is literally 5 min from my house. The hospital I am going to now is about 15 min away and has a fairly new birthing center. WOOT!
 

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Hopefully I'll be doing a VBAC as well. I'm already in with the practice that everyone says to see if you want one. Only two of our 5 local hospitals do VBACs I'm told.<br><br>
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I am attempting VBAC in a hospital with a midwife group. There are a few hospital that VBAC, a lot of them <i>say</i> they will, but the truth is they find <i>some</i> reason to schedule that c-section. I think VBAC are banned outright in 2 hospitals in the state. The only places really supportive of VBAC have hospital based midwife groups - that is not the case in all the midwife groups though in this area, there are a few that defer to the OB and have a rule that they schedule a c-section after x amount of time.<br><br>
Unfortunately all the VBAC options in a hospital are 45 minutes away, so I have a drive in store for me.<br><br>
I had debated a home birth, but my sister did have a UR (from a genetic issue that I may have), and I am about 35-40 minutes to the closest hospital, so I felt this was the safest route for me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only places really supportive of VBAC have hospital based midwife groups<br><br>
I had debated a home birth, but my sister did have a UR (from a genetic issue that I may have), and I am about 35-40 minutes to the closest hospital, so I felt this was the safest route for me.</div>
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That could be why the hospital I am going to supports VBAC. The midwifery group left the hospital that is right by me because of this and is now at the hospital I am going to.<br><br>
Good for you for thinking safely. A home birth would be nice but I am on medication that I would like monitored and during birth my bp does go up a little too high. I just feel safer with my medical history and my hubby feels more comfortable. Plus I have two kids and having a quieter place to birth suits me. I would like to go to an out of hospital birthing center but as far as I know there aren't any in our area that are able to do VBAC.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Plus I have two kids and having a quieter place to birth suits me.</div>
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I also have this fear that if my IL knew I was in labor, they would be sitting in the driveway waiting to be the first ones to see the new baby!
 

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I am going to try! I have my first OB appointment on Thursday and will discuss it with them then. My first 2 were both CSXN...but it has been 8 years so I think all should be nice and firmly healed. I have the lower tranverse incision, so that has a very low risk of rupture. The website for my OB says they support VBAC 100% and since they only deliver at one hospital, I have to beleive the hospital allows it. I guess I will know more come Thursday.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I also have this fear that if my IL knew I was in labor, they would be sitting in the driveway waiting to be the first ones to see the new baby!</div>
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TOO FUNNY! When I had my son (unexpected cesarean) we didn't tell most of the family bc we just wanted a peaceful recovery. We got an ear full from my MIL later but I could really care less. Seriously doesn't a baby look the same one day old or 4 days old?
 

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I just spoke to an OB nurse from the hospital that I will go for the birth. She was here at the school to proctor for a test. She told methat the hospital I am going to supports VBAC and that I should have no problems. She also assured me that my doctor's strongly support VBAC..so I am excited! My first doctor appointment is Thursday so I will know more then...but this conversation was a good sign! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The hospital that I delivered my daughter at is the same way. Too bad because it is literally 5 min from my house. The hospital I am going to now is about 15 min away and has a fairly new birthing center. WOOT!</div>
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It just kills me when hospitals try to say they have the right to ALLOW or NOT ALLOW a woman to give birth vaginally.<br>
If you come in with a head between your legs, are they going to stuff the baby back in there and cut it out? Actually I shouldn't joke, who knows, maybe the rats would actually pull that.<br><br>
But to let hospitals get away with calling a VBAC a "procedure" when it is in fact, a LACK of procedures, and to "allow" or "forbid" a woman's bodily functions from happening, is really letting them get away with a dangerous precedent.<br><br>
VBAC is what happens when a pregnant woman goes into labor, if no one does anything to stop her body from giving birth. So now they have the right to ban birth?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Me! This time I'm at a hospital that's only labor and delivery. The docs and nurses are all pro VBAC. My last doc told me that the hospital I delivered DS at does not allow them. We moved, so I guess I got lucky.<br><br>
I'm awaiting my surgical report to my new OB. It was an emergency and she wants to make sure I don't have a classical uterine incision. Otherwise she thinks it's a-okay.</div>
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I sure hope you have found the real gold, because the old bait and switch is so common these days, it's unreal. I was so happy I had found a "pro-VBAC" OB with #2, and then midway along, I started asking her the tough questions, and she told me how she couldn't "let" me go a day past the 40 week mark (exploding uterus waiting to happen card) and that we'd have to induce at that point... I told her I was not going to submit myself to an induction ever again, and especially not on VBAC, to which she replied that she did it all the time, and that it was perfectly safe.<br><br>
Since then, even the ACOG has admitted that induction on VBAC is not safe.<br>
Wonder what that OB says about it now?<br><br>
Anyway, I did the smart thing and left for higher ground, got a homebirth midwife, had a great birth, and never looked back.<br><br>
But oh, there are so many self-styled "pro-VBAC" OBs to newly pregnant customers, and so few of them stay that way when the time comes! Be sure to ask about their natural NONDRUGGED, NONINDUCED vaginal birth rate, their induction rate, rate of use of epidurals, etc, as well as their VBAC rate, and try to include some failsafes against outright lying, such as asking for it signed and dated. Cross-reference if you can.<br><br>
You can ask women of ICAN for any who have had personal experiences at that hospital, for whether they were indeed VBAC friendly, also.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It just kills me when hospitals try to say they have the right to ALLOW or NOT ALLOW a woman to give birth vaginally.</div>
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Well thankfully I am smart enough to not go there and found a hospital and OB that fit my needs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I feel badly for the people that do not educate themselves fully and don't do what feels right to their needs and situation.
 

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I'm awaiting my surgical report to my new OB. It was an emergency and she wants to make sure I don't have a classical uterine incision. Otherwise she thinks it's a-okay.</div>
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Crossing my fingers that it all looks good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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