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I have been searching for a new OB since I found out my previous hospital asked VBAC mamas to have an epidural catheter in place for a VBAC.<br><br>
I have interviewed about 7 OBs and midwives & have picked someone I really like. I had my first appointment with her yesterday & she said where she trained, repeat C-sections weren't offered -- everyone was expected to VBAC and the C-section rate was about 10%. I am so glad to have someone who trained where they weren't cut happy.<br><br>
She practices by herself & does not work with a call group, so barring an unforeseen emergency, she would be the one to attend my birth.<br><br>
I also like that she treated me like an adult. I asked her how she handles breech presentation & she told me her stance, but that she respects a family's right to make the choice it feels is best for themselves.<br><br>
I am so relieved.<br><br>
If we lived closer to a hospital, I'd probably go for a homebirth, but we don't and this feels like the next best thing.<br><br>
Just had to share with people who would understand.
 

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yay! i'm looking right now, so i know how relieved and excited you must feel.<br><br>
what's with requiring epi cathethers? i saw in the henci goer "thinking woman's guide" to "consider having an epidural" in the vbac chapter. it was just in that bullet section at the end of each chapter, with NO mention of epis in the chapter itself. does anyone know the deal? why would henci goer, of all people, tell me to consider the epi?
 

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That is wonderful! I would be thrilled to find someone with a 10% rate!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yay! i'm looking right now, so i know how relieved and excited you must feel.<br><br>
what's with requiring epi cathethers? i saw in the henci goer "thinking woman's guide" to "consider having an epidural" in the vbac chapter. it was just in that bullet section at the end of each chapter, with NO mention of epis in the chapter itself. does anyone know the deal? why would henci goer, of all people, tell me to consider the epi?</div>
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My last provider was UCSF & the OBs and midwives were split on this issue. The OBs insisted on the epi because in the rare event of an emergency C-section you can avoid general anesthesia and just go with the epidural in place. (They also insisted on it for twin mamas birthing vaginally.) The midwife I was meeting with said it's rarely that kind of emergency that they can't get an epi in place in you need a C-section so the midwives were opposed, but were outranked. I read that in The Thinking Woman's Guide . . . , too, and thought that was her stance. If I recall correctly, she also recommends CFM for VBACs, too.
 

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She sounds really great! You can make a hospital birth great but it really makes a huge difference when you have a supportive care provider that you trust. A ten percent c section rate is fabulous!!<br>
Angela
 
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