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Hi,<br>
I am looking into doing a VBAC. I have an artificial hip. Has anyone seen a natural birth with an artificial hip? Is there anything to worry about? I can't find anyone who seems to know.
 

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I can't imagine that an artificial hip would be a problem for vaginal birth. How is your range of motion? Do you have pain?<br><br>
In terms of your hip, the previous c/s is a complete non-factor (unless the c/s had something to do w/ your hip). In other words, there is no difference between an "artificial hip VBAC" and an "artificial hip vaginal birth."<br><br>
You can have your hcp do a pelvic exam and see if anything feels out of the ordinary from the inside. My guess is everything is just perfectly fine.
 

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Thanks. You're right - the previous c-section doesn't factor in. My range of motion is not great. The other hip needs to be done, so I can't move it too much.<br><br>
I'm probably just being silly. I am just paranoid it will pop out and would like to hear that someone has had a natural birth with an artificial hip. That would reassure me.
 

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I would post in the general pregnancy forum. "Anyone ever birth with an artificial hip?"<br><br>
I hope you meet someone who inspires you. <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 attended a woman in the last year with both artificial hips. The biggest issue we had was helping her find a comfortable pushing position. She couldn't squat because of her hips, and was comfortable only for a while on her hands and knees, and couldn't find any kind of comfortable standing position. We even tried the standard lying on your back with someone holding legs, and were really careful to not flex her hips too far or externally rotate them too far. She ended up birthing with a vacuum assist, more for exhaustion and very slow progress than anything else and babe was almost 9 lbs. I'm not sure if her previous hip surgeries were at fault or if it was just random.<br>
One thing I'd be really careful about would be if you chose an epidural being really conscious of positioning - hate to see someone flex or rotate your hip in a position that would be uncomfortable if not numb.
 

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In my years of OB nursing, I don't recall a vag birth w/ hip replacement. However, I don't think the prior hip surgery should prohibit or impede a vag delivery in anyway, especially if you're not having pain or range of motion issues now.<br>
Have you discussed this with your MD or midwife? Have they had previous experience?<br>
Good luck to you. I hope you get the VBAC you're desiring!<br><br>
Edit: Upon re-reading the thread I see you are having some ROM issues. Hopefully that won't impact your birth but discuss it w/ your provider. As a pp stated, comfort in positioning could be a factor. Discuss w/ your Dr beforehand as some are very anal about positioning (a mw will be more flexible). Best of luck!
 
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