Has anyone had a natural birth after a c-section?

Ereni - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am just wondering if anyone has had a natural birth after a c-section? I had an emergency c-section at full term. All was going well but in the end her heartrat dropped and we had to take her out.

Second time around l want the option of trying naturally again. Some docs have already said to me NO and that they do c-section always after a first c-section.

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Carmelia - posted on 07/08/2009

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My April 08 baby was a VBAC and it was the most amazing thing!! You've gotten some great advice so far. I would highly recommend using a midwife if you can.

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I had my first daughter by C-section because she was breech and trying to turn her caused her heart rate to drop. Turns out the cord was wrapped around her neck three time. My second and thrid daughters were both v-bac's but i was induced. ( 10 day over due with one and the other was close to 9lbs.) My son was also v-bac but came on his own. My doctor was very supportive of v-bac , but I also had my kids three years apart so I had a long time to recover between deliveries. I know that she wanted me to be at leat 18 months to two years post c-section before trying vaginal.

Bethany - posted on 07/01/2009

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Can't speak from personal experience, but I have friends who have had natural births after c-sections, and had no problem at all. Doctors seem to like to tell you that you can't do a lot of things when it comes to childbirth, but you can! I'd really research and find a good doctor or midwife who will do it. I'd also recommend calling natural childbirth instructors. They frequently know of good doctors who will do what you're wanting. I prefer the Bradley Method, but I'm sure there are other good ones out there!

I wish you the best!

Jeanette - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi, my sister-in-law had a natural birth the second time round and it all went well. that was in germany though an i'm not sure all countries will take the risk.

Debbie - posted on 06/18/2009

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yes i did, with my 1st little girlie i had a c section because she was to big. my second daughter i went into labour the night before my scheduled c section, i was told i could go down to theatre but i decided to go ahead with a normal birth. baby was big again but had to be cut. i did it though. All the best

Jenny - posted on 05/19/2009

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Hi Ereni - my son was born by emergency c-section and my 2 daughters were both VBACs with no complications at all. The doctors have to tell you by law all the risks of scar rupture, but the percentage is really, really tiny (Google VBAC for more info.)
Do your own research and read up as much as you can on normal deliveries. Staying mobile and upright during labour is the most important thing really, but with a VBAC you may have to be constantly monitored which can make it tricky to do that. Luckily I had great midwives both times who were really supportive of me and my birth plan. If you have a healthy pregnancy with no complications, then there is no reason for you not to be allowed to deliver normally - you'll be classified as high risk because of your scar, but unless you are induced, there is virtually no risk of rupture. hth xx good luck!

Emma - posted on 05/09/2009

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hi ereni im emma and like you i was doing great in labour then my daughters heartbeat slowed down very quick so i too had a emergency c section and ive had 2 natural labours after so dont always listen to the doctors has that what they said to me after my 1st child i hope that helps with your question xxx

Ereni - posted on 05/09/2009

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Thanks Debbie. I am now 12 weeks pregnant ( l wrote 9mths pregnant before but meant 9 weeks). I live in greece and there are a few docs who do vbacs and only if the scar is horizontal and only if it comes naturally without being induced and without any medication. We shall see....

Debbie - posted on 05/08/2009

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my 1st son was a c-section & both my daughter's were v-bac. w/my last pregnancy, the dr wouldn't do a v-bac, or induce me. So, I finally caved in & had another c-section b/c I already took time off work thinking he'd induce me. It was a good thing I caved b/c the surgery was a rough one & the dr told me if I would have tried a vaginal birth, there was a good possibility that my uterus would have ruptured (I'm not saying that would happen w/you. the dr that did my 1st section messed up my uterus)

I guess it also depends on how you were cut for your emergency c-section (horizontally or vertically) but it does seem like doctor's now won't do v-bacs anymore.

Ereni - posted on 04/21/2009

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Thanks Danielle. I am 9 months pregnant with my 2nd and still thinking about it..

Danielle - posted on 04/21/2009

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Im not speaking from me personally but my mum had a c-section with my older brother and then went on to have THREE natural births with me and my 2 sisters. She did have to have a c-section with my little brother but that was due to other health reasons. So i think it is totally possible but you just have to be more observant with things and be careful. :)

Renee Anderson - posted on 04/09/2009

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good luck finding a doctor that will do a v-back. i had an emergency c-section with my oldest and had to have a repeat c-section. there are alot more risks of having a v-back,but most doctors these days won't do v-backs anymore. my friend went from the top of  Florida all the way down to Ft. Myeres and did not find one doctor that would do a v-back. So if you can find a doctor that will do one,i wish you all the best.

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