Emergency C section

Vicki - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi I just wondered if anyone had any advice for me. This was my first child. My labour failed to progress as my cervix only dilated to 4cm after 26hrs of labour, my contractions were strong and fast, I followed all steps to help labour on, such as warm lavender bath, walking, squating, swaying etc. but nothing seemed to help. Did anyone else experiance this ? I feel as though I failed some way and Im worried about further labours going the same way....

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Leonie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Vicki,



I had an emergency C section also. I hear how you are feeling. It is terrible - I was just saying to another friend that I cannot even say I 'gave birth' I use the term - when she was delivered... We tried all the usual - the baths, the chilli, even sex - none of it helped. I don't think you can blame yourself for it - I think we really need to thank the wonders of modern medicine that our children made it through to be with us now...



My OB said that I could start having another one again in 12 months time - she also said that there is a 70% chance that I will have another c section - but I have spoken to others who have had natural births after c sections - so don't dispair... Depending on how young you are and how much distance you want between your children - depends on whether you should wait 1 or 2 years I guess. Me - I am 34 and don't want to wait too long so will start trying again after 12 mths. Next time I will be better mentally prepared for a c section if it has to happen again...

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Vicki - posted on 01/27/2009

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Thanks for your posts. It is nice to know Im not alone in what happened to me and am realy greatful to the midwifes and drs for getting Jules here safely. Enjoy your little ones, this is the best time of my life I love being a mummy. Thanks again xx

Angela - posted on 01/27/2009

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You didn't fail! I promise you. I felt the same way after my emergency cesarean. My daughter was breech, so at my second exteral version (to move the head down), my daughter's heart crashed and was born a minute later. I started second guessing everything I did during the whole pregnancy. You obviously did everything you could to create the best environment for his arrival, but each baby decides for himself how to be born. My anesthesiologist said each baby is different, no matter how the last one came. He recommended waiting two years for my uterus to heal, to avoid a uterine rupture, if I wanted to work towards a vaginal birth with my next child.

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