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Just wondering if anyone planned to go/did go intervention-free at Fairfax Hospital? How receptive was the hospital staff to this approach?<br><br>
I'm planning a VBAC at Fairfax and am <i>really</i> paranoid. I know it's a "high risk" hospital which skews the stats a bit but the 40% c/s rate is not very comforting.<br><br>
I'd love to hear your experience(s)! TIA!
 

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I would be more concerned about my own OBs VBAC rate. Also, have you been in touch with ICAN of Northern Virginia? They should be able to provide some first hand tips/information about Fairfax and possibly your OB.<br><br>
(and until that baby is born, it's not to late for a Homebirth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">)
 

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Thanks for the tip on the local chapter of ICAN! I didn't realize that existed.<br><br>
As for my OB, as a member of an HMO, the Dr. who shows up at the birth is pulled from a pool of about 25 doctors so I really can't check up on my Dr. (not thrilled about it but sometimes finances dictate.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead">).<br><br>
I'm all for homebirths...except for me.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> For one, if anything were to go wrong, there's no way that I'm going to go to the hospital that I'm actually near (I'm just over an hour away from Fairfax). However, I wouldn't be totally adverse to a Rt. 66 birth should we not make it to Fairfax in time.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Actually Fairfax's c/s rate is now closer to 50%. I recently heard a nurse there commenting that they had 30 c/sections in one day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
That said, I have supported two successful VBACs there. for one, we arrived 14 minutes before the baby crowned. The other, we arrived 39 minutes before the baby crowned. The staff was adamant about getting the IVs in before the birth, even though the mamas were clearly completely dilated and pushing.<br><br>
IF you have no choice but to birth there, hire yourself a good doula and STAY HOME until you are pushing! Even though you will probably still wind up with some sort of intervention, it will probably be minimal.<br><br>
I heartily endorse communicating with the ICAN group. <a href="http://www.icanofnova.org" target="_blank">www.icanofnova.org</a>. They meet once a month in the Tysons Corner area.<br><br>
Good Luck!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I know people in Front Royal who travel to Fairfax just to give birth there. I agree with the PP who said that the key is a VBAC-friendly doctor.
 

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I think the "high risk" part may skew the stats more than just a bit. I had a good friend who spent several weeks in the high-risk perinatal unit before delivering her baby by c-section. Her c-section was 100% medically necessary. Without the care she received before/during/after delivery either she, her baby, or possibly both would not have survived. Her stats and the stats of women like her are lumped in with all of the other women who just had intervention-happy docs.<br><br>
Since you can't choose your doctor I'd second the pp's suggestion of a good, VBAC experienced doula and staying home as long as you are comfortable with.
 

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Totally off topic but nova22, that second pic of your squishy baby in your signature is just hysterical!<br><br>
Thanks, that made me really laugh! Cute kiddo!
 

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In addition to ICAN - since you live out Rt 66 & Tysons is a haul. There are some resources for you in your direction <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Peggy Franklin is a great CPM and a wonderful lady out your way<br><a href="http://www.birthbydesign.org" target="_blank">www.birthbydesign.org</a> She might be able to hook you up with a VBAC experienced doula that would travel with you to Ffx Hospital<br><br><a href="http://www.childbirthsolutions.com" target="_blank">www.childbirthsolutions.com</a> is in Marshall VA. I'm not sure if they keep their site up to date or not but you should be able to contact them.<br><br>
Keep us posted!
 
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