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I had the typical pitocin c-section story, and want to explore the vbac option for #2 (EDD 9/12). The doctor wants to schedule a c-section at 39 weeks. She will let me "try" for a vbac with strict restrictions: I go to the hospital, then am 2 cm, then 6 cm, then 9 cm and then a couple pushes and the baby is out. Since my baby wasn't huge (8lbs) then my body isn't able to give birth and she strongly recommends that a csection is the only way to go. So obviously I need a new doctor.<br><br>
I don't think I am comfortable with a home birth. I know I need to hire a doula - how do I do that? And what else do I do.<br><br>
I know I will NEVER take pitocin again no matter what. Is an epidural even possible with a VBAC? thanks!
 

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Where are you in MA???
 

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The midwifery group I used does VBAC.<br><a href="http://mamah.org/" target="_blank">http://mamah.org/</a><br><br>
They use Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.<br><br>
I LOVED them!
 

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Just in case you're still looking, my midwives are in Pawtucket. It's just south of the border. Not sure if that's too far for you (is it about an hour?) but I drove an hour to see them as well. They were amazing. Feel free to PM me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Good luck with your vbac! And good for you for getting a jump on things so quickly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If you're still looking, just beware that a hospital's VBAC success rate does not tell the whole story. Several hospitals like to tout their high success rates but they screen many women out. One group practice has meetings once a month where they go over all the patients and decide who they'll "let" VBAC. I have a close friend who's coming up on the one-year anniversary of her successful VBAC, but was told that if she didn't go into labor by the Monday after her due date she'd be scheduled for a repeat cesarean (how's that for convenience scheduling? her EDD was on a Saturday!). So make sure you ask every practice what their policies are and if they do any screening of VBAC moms, and if so, what.
 

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I used Dr. Beth Hardiman at Mt. Autburn in Cambridge. SHe was very supportive of VBAC (I had 2 prior c/s and this last one was a VBACj).; She partners with a midwife but will handle all VBAC delivers herself. She only takes a few new clients so call her soonm to see if she is accepting new patients. She is a strong beliver in being at the birth...she makes almost 99% iof her births!<br>
About your epidural question, yes you can have an epidural during a VBAC. I had a 40 + hour labor in all. AFter being in labor about 36 hours or so, I was fully dilated and had been pushing for about 1 1/2 hours. Beth and the midwife/doula I hired were wonderful. Beth knew that I had lost it mentally. She told me that if something didnt' change, I would end up with a c/s again,she recommened a epidural so that I could rest a bit and then try again. So thst is what I did. I received a light dose of the epidural and fell instantly asleep moaning to the contratctions. I woke moaning to the contractions about an hour or so later. I pushed for another 1 1/2 hours and then little Austin was born.<br>
I highly recommend Beth!<br>
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I used a doctor in Whitman and liked her a lot. My situation was very complex, but she worked with me to get my VBA3C. She was in practice with one other doctor at the time, but I've heard through the grapevine that she has merged with other doctors and some midwives now.<br><br>
If you'd like you can PM me and I'll give you her information. The midwifery group another poster recommended sounds good from their website as well.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I also had a VBAC with Beth Hardiman. We used Randi Bigelow as our doula and had a great experience with both of them, and with Mt. Auburn Hospital.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks Ladies! I have my first appt this week with MAMAH. I'm meeting a mw - not a doc. I think they said to meet everyone in the practice b/c you won't know who will be on duty once you're in labor.
 

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Just wanted to chime in about MAH. I just VBACed there last month and had a very good experience, the midwives rock!<br><br>
I wasn't allowed to use the tub in my room, though, which sucked and I did end up caving to an epidural. In hindsight I wish I'd stayed home longer (I've got my own tub, thanks!), but in the end I got the VBAC and it's largely due to the awesome midwives there.
 

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I realize this thread is oldish, but I was just about to post the same question.<br><br>
I guess now I will ask specifically about MAH. I have an appt with Dr. Hardiman next week.<br><br>
I am nervous about hospital policies regrading monitoring and tub usage.<br>
Do they require continuous EFM? So that means no tub.<br><br>
I just posted a similar thread on the Mass tribe asking for successful natural hospital VBACs<br><br>
Perhaps you ladies can tell me your stories or point me to other threads where they already are.<br>
Thanks so much.
 

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If you reconsider homebirth, let me know. I just had a FABULOUS Vbac at home two weeks ago with the most wonderful midwife ever. She is in your area.
 

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I would love to reconsider homebirth, maybe for #3.<br>
I think my DH head would explode<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
But thank you and congrats on your VBAC!
 

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If you need to go the OB route...<br>
I'm seeing Dr. Gladys Gibbs at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Kenmore Square. She is super-supportive of my VBAC, and she's affiliated with Brigham & Women's, where they do VBACs all the time--its like no big deal there. No one has blinked an eye once about me doing a VBAC, and Dr. Gibbs told me that I am totally making the best decision. You don't have to have an IV or any of that junk at B&W's. All you need is a heplock. They want to do more monitoring than usual, but they have wireless/portable ones that can even get wet. The only downside is that they don't have birthing pools, but they do have seats in the shower, birthing chairs, birthing balls, complete freedome of movement and food (if you're unmedicated), light and temp control, rooming in, etc.
 
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