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My son is 8 months old, and I guesstimate that I might be 2-3 weeks pregnant. My incision site has stopped hurting around 6 months, although the scar itself is still angry red.<br><br>
Is there a rule of thumb about how soon after a c-section you can try for a vbac?
 

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Generally providers like for their to be 18 months between the deliveries but they will look at the reason for your c/s and things like that.
 

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I have read birth stories with successful vbacs that occurred less than 18 mos. between deliveries. So it is possible. It just depends on your care provider, what they are comfortable with, etc.<br><br>
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
 

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thank you. I will be a little short of 18 months. 2 under 1.5 yrs!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Thank you for the congrats-- I'm not quite ready to celebrate, but thank you!
 

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My provider liked to see 18 months between births, but, if you find the right provider, you can certainly do shorter. A friend of mine had hers 14.5 months apart. Just make sure you find someone who is SUPPORTIVE, not a "we'll see how it goes" type of provider. Those who say "we'll see" are more likely to "bait and switch"...meaning, they'll tell you what you want to hear NOW, but toward the end of your pregnancy, they will really start pressuring you for the scheduled c/s.
 

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any tips on finding a supportive provider? I feel like i got taken with my midwife for my first birth.
 

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My C-section and first VBAC were just under 16 months apart. It went fine. To add fuel to the fire the VBAC was a max'd out pit induction too. (in 1994)<br>
According to Dr. Bruce Flamm (VBAC author) the uterus is as healed as it will ever be within 6 months.<br>
as a first step to finding a provider head over to the Find My Tribe section and look in your region and post a request if someone hasn't already. word of mouth from BTDT mom's is pretty reliable-pretty good insurance against a 'bait and switch'
 

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also,check with your nearest ICAN chapter, they may have some information on supportive providers ican-online.org
 

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I'd say YES. Read the book Birth After Cesarean, the Dr. who wrote it goes into how a scar is fully healed after something like 42 days, so by 7-8 months, I'd say you are fine by that research. It's also a good book to get some facts, although it was written in the 80s? 90s? It does need some updating. But scar healing, I don't think would be a real problem, although, if you live in an area where there aren't many TRUE VBAC friendly OBs, they won't hesitate to rule you our for this. So, I think it's best to do your research and find out for yourself and really make and educated decision to be your own advocate.
 

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I am sorry you had a bad experience <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I would check with ICAN and to the FYT board and ask people to pm you recommendations.
 

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Thank you all for your responses. I just talked to the coordinator at my old practice-- my midwife has gotten the boot, for some reason, so I'm going back there for my first prenatal.<br><br>
I was shocked at how supportive they were sounding about both the vbac, and tandem nursing.
 

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Congrats and good luck mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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If you are interested in a doula, you can find one at DONA.org in your area and they almost <i>always</i> can point you to VBAC-friendly doctors/midwives/practitioners! Even if you don't want a doula, if you just email one off the list in your area, they are usually more than willing to give you names and numbers of practitioners they think will help you.<br><br>
Congratulations... for when you're ready to celebrate. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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