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I am 41wks, 2 days pregnant w/ a singleton. dilated to 1cm and 50%. this is my second pregnancy. I had a c-section w/ my twins due to going into kidney failure at 35wks. Anyhow I am getting very discouraged about this labor. I have hardly had any contractions. I am huge, super uncomfortable and wondering if it is ever going to happen. I really want to have a successful VBAC and have been told I am a great candidate, however nothing is happening! They will not induce me due to risk of uterine rupture w/ hx of c-section. And scheduled a c-section at 42 weeks if I don't go into labor by then. I was told my chance of successful VBAC significantly decrease at 42 weeks. I have been walking, climbing stairs, doing acupuncture but nothing. They did an ultrasound and NST yesterday and everything looked good for the baby. I was hoping they would strip my membrane, but they said they can not since I am only dilated to 1 cm. The plan is to break my water the day before my scheduled c-section to exhaust all methods, but I am wondering if that will even be possible if I don't dilate any more. I should note I have been at 1cm for 5 wks. I feel like I am one of those women who does not go into labor. I am so frustrated and losing hope of a vaginal delivery. Any tips, ideas or a pep talk would be great. Thank you!
 

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<p>Will they not consider low-dose pitocin? They don't have to blow the baby out, but AROM with low-dose pit works very well and with very minimal risk for UR. They might could even do a foley bulb the night before for cervical ripening. I wouldn't let them rupture you if you're very high. AROM with the baby above -2 station has a definite risk for cord prolapse.</p>
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<p>I'm sorry you are going through this. <span><img alt="greensad.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1334280400735_161" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"> Spontaneous VBAC labor is clearly preferrable, but VBACs can be induced. And, of course, an ERCS isn't the end of the world either, but I know that's not your preference. I wish you a peaceful birth experience, knowing that in the end, either way, you will have a beautiful new baby.</span> <span><img alt="biggrinbounce.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1334280400735_300" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>I am glad they are letting you go to 42 weeks.</p>
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<p>You do have the option of NST, fluid measurement, doppler umbilical measures, and go beyond 42 weeks---you will be close surveillance.</p>
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<p>Foley bulb day before a ERCS--along with breast pump induction---worth a shot!!</p>
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<p>Let us know--and remember----you are VERY likely to go into labor by 42 weeks!</p>
 
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