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Has anyone had a HBAC?<br><br>
We are thinking about trying again sometime in the near future, and I want to get a start on reading books about homebirth and HBAC.<br><br>
Can anyone recommend books? I know that the MWs I am thinking about (as long as they are covered by my insurance) require that I get the VBAC "ok" from an OB before they will take me on. I don't have a problem with that at all. As long as I and DH can prepare.<br><br>
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I'm going to have an HBAC, in about 9 weeks if all goes acording to plan.<br>
You should look up the ICAN website for info.<br><br>
My midwife is very supportive, there was no need to get the OK from my OB, I've read a few books : The silent knife, and Ina Mays books. (spiratual midwifery)<br><br>
My c-section was due to a breech baby, and not for any other reason, perhaps that is what would concern your midwife - that there was a more serious reason for the c-section.<br><br>
GOod luck.........<br>
Chelly
 

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I researched HBAC, and if it hadn't been for pre-ecclampsia my 2 VBACs would have been at home. I really liked the book Natural Childbirth after Caesarean. I cannot say enough good things about ICAN. There are also some e mail groups for ICAN and HBAC.<br><br>
I wish you all the best! My VBACs were healing and empowering, I can only imagine how much better they would have been at home.<br><br>
Gina<br>
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I'm planning an HBAC in about 10 weeks.<br><br>
I've read several homebirth oriented books, as well as the VBAC Companion. Birthing From Within is also very good at preparing your emotional state. This book has helped me analyze my fears about the whole birth process.<br><br>
I was labeled a vague "failure to progress" with my first that I feel was entirely due to the hospital procedures being performed on me (even though I was adamant about birthing naturally).<br><br>
I realized that during labor is not the time to be arguing with anybody about anything. I can, now, rationally take a step back and say, "I will not let you do this and this and this", but when I was actually in labor, I needed to concentrate on laboring. The best way for me to keep control of my situation and environment is to be in a place of my choosing and my control. I'm much more empowered in my own house on my own turf.<br><br>
Good luck to you, in making your decision!<br><br><br>
Bec
 

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Hi<br><br>
I am due in January and planning a HBAC. I have one son (3 1/2 yo) and I have been researching HBAC since he was 3 weeks old. My c/s was due to doctor's schedule, considering he went on vacation that very same day. My son was also born 11 days early. I was very uneducated and allowed it to happen. This time around I know much much better and will never let something like that happen again. So I am opting for my safest and most heartfelt birth...a homebirth. I have a wonderful and caring midwife and I couldn't be more excited.<br><br>
My research was so vast that it's hard to list all the reading I did. I think I have read every single book on childbirth, VBAC, homebirth, waterbirth, pregnancy, and everything in between <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am also a member if ICAN and belong to several online groups. These groups are a super way to seek support and knowledge.<br><br>
I feel totally empowered and I am ready to let my body do what it was designed to do....without intervention and lack of support.<br><br>
Take care and happy TTC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Also planning for an HBAC, although I still need to fully convince DH! I found out last week that my hospital <b>requires</b> the following for all VBACs:<br>
~ You must come in when you start laboring (and who's gonna make me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">)<br>
~ You must have continuous fetal monitoring, and they prefer internal monitoring<br>
~ And my favorite, you MUST have an epidural placed "in case" they need to section you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
I was actually considering a hospital VBAC until I found out the "rules". Now I'm busily searching for a HBAC midwife.
 

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Oh Yikes! Those are some strict guidelines. Hospitals here, in Michigan, are strict when it comes to VBAC but I have never heard those restrictions. The big one here is "trial of labor", meaning you are on a clock and if you dont meet that deadline you will be sectioned again. THAT scares me because all mamas are different and who can tell how long labor is going to last?<br><br>
Internal monitoring? Oh no way...LOL...not for me. Freedom of movement is very important to me and that is too much of a restriction.<br><br>
Epidural? That's just crazy, imo. What if your goal is natural childbirth? You aren't even getting that chance. Not to mention all the risks involved with epidural (could go on forever about that LOL). In case they have to do a repeat c-sec? Not very confident huh?<br><br>
In your case I would march into the nearest midwifes office and check it out. If you want a fair shot at the birth of your child I would say it's your best bet to birth at home. Unless of course you prefer a hospital and can find one without so many restrictions.<br><br>
I'm sorry you are even having to deal with this. Why can't vbac just be deemed safe as all the medical literature suggests??? It's not fair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> <whines> LOL.
 

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I had a HBAC with DS#2. It was wonderful and amazing and I would do it again in a second!<br><br>
That said, I am reminded of all the thoughtfull and exausting deliberation I gave to every aspect of planing a VBAC Homebirth.<br><br>
I sounds like you all are doing every thing you can to be ready.<br><br>
My prep was to deal with one fear at a time. Think about it, read about, talk about it(only with people you trust and who wont overreact about things, you dont need negativity). Then when I was ready, I let the fear go.<br><br>
In addition to my wonderful midwife I had a doula and would recomend this as a must to everyone(if you have the money).<br><br>
I never would have had a VBAC if I had chosen a hospitol birth for my second. My water ruptured at around 40 weeks and then I had early and very manageable labor for 6 days. Heavy labor kicked in for about 14 hours. Pushing was 10 min. I had excelent care the whole week, and was allowed to follow the same labor pattern my mother had with her 4 children.<br><br>
Sorry to be so long, just remember, no matter where you birth or who is there with you. "It's your birth"!! Try to listen to your own body, She will guide you.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I've had two HBACs. Both were wonderful, though quite different. Simply put, they were the most empowering experiences of my life.<br><br>
I'd suggest reading anything by Henci Goer, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth</span>, any book that would be recommended for homebirth in general. I also found <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Silent Knife</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Open Season</span> about VBAC in general. Two books I read and enjoyed which are out of print are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Artemis Speaks</span> (this one is a little hippy-ish) and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">VBAC: Very Beautiful And Courageous</span>. The latter is simply VBAC birth stories and so inspiring.<br><br>
It's important to make sure your midwives are the right ones. Be sure that they feel right deep down in your heart. I can't imagine why they demand that an OB "clear" you, unless it's a CYA measure on their part. Any capable midwife should be able to assess your suitability assuming you are honest with them.
 

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I had an HBAC a little over a year ago and I can't tell you how much I delighted in every moment of it.<br><br>
My suggestions would be to:<br>
- Research care providers and make sure who you choose supports HBAC 150%<br>
- Have a doula during the birth.<br>
- Join ICAN<br>
- Read lots of birth stories and get in touch with the normalcy of giving birth.<br><br><br>
I truly believe you can have a beautiful home birth experience after surgical birth as long as you have faith in your body and believe that you can do it.<br><br>
Peace and good luck to you!
 

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I second this whole heartedly! It goes to the core of having supportive care. When I told my dr. that I wanted an HBAC (they're the biggest homebirth practice in the country), he told me that having the birth at home would give me the greatest chance at having it vaginally. He also told me to keep nursing my dd throughout pregnancy, and to nurse her until she was at least 4 years old!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Needless to say, we've been having a great time getting ready for this birth. I feel so comfortable and confident in my care providers. I found a doula who will just add to that atmosphere of support.<br><br>
I'm so excited to give birth right now. This is not something I could have said at the beginning of my pregnancy. It's been a long road to get here.<br><br><br>
Bec
 

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I had a very peaceful HBAC in March. My first was a c-sec (misdiagnosed with herpes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/af.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="aunt flo">). My second was a hospital VBAC, pitocin induction at 43 weeks (yow!). My third was at home with an awesome DE midwife, her apprentice and her assistant. I was very well taken care of and felt no fear. I did Hypnobirthing (which I highly recommend) and while it was not painless, it was never more than I could bare. It was wierd, I was pretty much silent and breathing deeply, even during transition, concentrating on relaxing and riding out each contraction. My pushing phase was noisy, though. It was like a roar for each one. I had no control over that. I would roar like a tiger, then start laughing, and try to reassure dh that I was fine and it was just a sound my body was making, then in the middle of my explaination, another roar would come out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> He crowned and my midwife told me to pant when the head was delivered (there was some merconium and she wanted to suction), then with the next push, he was completely out. I didn't realize it and started panting and dh said, "Save your breath, he's already out." According to the midwife, he shot out like a canon!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> 4 hrs from lift-off to touch-down.<br><br>
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It remains the high point of my life. Unfortunately, my midwife, who is a registered nurse and has 25 yrs of home deliveries under her belt, is unlicensed in this state. She worked with an ob for backup, just in case something went wrong and we had to transport. Hospitals treat you much better when you're a patient of a doctor. He provides backup for homebirths all the time and was completely supportive of my decision. So while I want to brag and tell all my friends how totally awesome they were, I have to be extremely discreet with my praise. I may sound crazy, but this pregnancy felt good, from start to finish. I'm done having kids, but I tell you, if we won the lottery or something, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.<br><br>
Congratulations all you HBAC mamas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> The decision to trust in your body and yourself is the most empowering thing that you can do and 99% of the battle. When I look back, the moment I cherish, almost as much as holding my son for the first time, was the time I first said it out loud: I'm going to have my baby at home. Everything else was just gravy. I thank God for the wonderful outcome, but in the end, the faith I had in myself, will last forever. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dreads.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dreads">
 
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