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birthcenters in Houston do not allow vbac, at least not if it will be your first vaginal birth. The hospital midwives at women's specialists st. lukes don't do vbac but two of the OBs in the practice do.

at which birth center did you have your vbac? and when? Maybe you should come to th ican meeting on the in a couple of weeks and share your information. it is LEGAL here, but that doesn't mean there are lots of providers willing.
 

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It is completely legal for homebirth midwives to do VBAC here, and I would say most of them do. Some "trust" VBAC more than others - but most will do VBAC and even VBA2C.

Midwives who deliver in hospitals don't do them, at least that I have heard of.

I am not 100% sure on the rules for birth centers. I know they can not do primary VBACs, but I know at least one will do VBAC if you've already had one.
 

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If you know a birthing center in Houston that will do a VBAC, please tell me. I tried like hell to get into a birthing center my last four pregnancies, and none would take me, even when I had 3 successful VBACs under my belt. I just found out that I am pregnant with number 6, and I would LOVE to have a birthing center VBAC!
 

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Do you have to have a birth center birth? Is a homebirth out of the option?

There are so many options for homebirthing MWs in Houston, and I think many of them are more likely to do VBACs than birth centers or MWs @ hospitals.

Look for one here. What area of Houston do you live in (North? NW? South? etc)

http://houstonmidwives.org/
 

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A homebirth is not an option for me. I had a homebirth with my third. She turned from head down to footling breech in the middle of the night, and then was born suddenly (45 minutes) and not breathing. None of her problems were BECAUSE she was born at home (we actually feel like our preparation for "just in case" saved her life). It all worked out, and my husband was like the hero who was calm and kept everything under control, but he doesn't want to do that again. It may not even be rational, but he needs to not be at home, and I need him to be ok. So it's a non-starter.
 

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Originally Posted by sioleabha View Post
A homebirth is not an option for me. I had a homebirth with my third. She turned from head down to footling breech in the middle of the night, and then was born suddenly (45 minutes) and not breathing. None of her problems were BECAUSE she was born at home (we actually feel like our preparation for "just in case" saved her life). It all worked out, and my husband was like the hero who was calm and kept everything under control, but he doesn't want to do that again. It may not even be rational, but he needs to not be at home, and I need him to be ok. So it's a non-starter.
It sounds as though it was unattended; were you even planning to HB? Have you thought about trying to find a midwife that is nearby?
 

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It sounds as though it was unattended; were you even planning to HB? Have you thought about trying to find a midwife that is nearby?
It was a planned UC. We originally had a midwife, but ended up that we couldn't afford her. If we'd still had our midwife, though, she lived an hour away and would not have made it to the birth.

My husband's fear is not exactly rational, and he is aware of that. If we'd been planning a hospital birth, that wouldn't have changed anything. (Well, except we wouldn't have been as prepared.) No way we could have made it to the hospital on time. But I think that if we had a homebirth, even with a midwife and even if everything went smoothly, the baby being born at home would remind him too much of our daughter's birth and freak him out. He just doesn't want anything resembling that. I know he's not the one giving birth, but he is the father and this is just as important to him as it is to me. If I were having the fears he has, even if I knew them to be irrational, I would want him to respect that. So I'm giving him the same courtesy.

BTW, I called Jackie Griggs and she told me that she cannot do a VBA2C in the birth center, even if I have previously had a VBAC. She offered to do a homebirth, but obviously I can't do that.
 

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What a difficult spot to be in. It is definitely important for both parents to be emotionally okay during the birth. May this one be smooth and without any issues!
 

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Thanks for understanding, Heather. It would be nice if all women could just have a homebirth whenever they wanted, but it's not always possible, and it's nice when people don't judge you when you say you just can't. Since that was my third birth, and this is my sixth, I've pretty much accepted that I am not going to get the homebirth I wanted. And as much as I would LOVE to hear of a birthing center (one I haven't already called and begged to let me in!) that will take me, I've had plenty of time to accept that it's not going to happen.

I'm just keeping my fingers crossed about my OB. I'm nervous (I meet him for the first time on Wednesday), but I HAVE heard great things about him.
 

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Yeah, unfortunately for the birth centers it's an insurance issue, so none are *allowed* to have a VBAC, afaik.
I do hear good things about Dr. DC and hope he will be a good option for you.

Have you and your DH had therapy in regards to your DD's birth? I wonder if there might be some ways to help get through the trauma of that birth as you move forward with your family.
 
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