Latisha - posted on 11/14/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
I had my successful vbac! In fact, it was better than that, I actually had a home birth!
With my first pregnancy, the doc that I went to was known for cutting women, and I was just one of the lucky ones to be added to his list. Idk why I ended up having surgery, all I know is that labor was long, I was hungry, and they claim that my baby's heart rate was dropping (which I still don't believe to this day).
I was determined with my second pregnancy to have a successful vbac. I found out that I was expecting when I was about six weeks long. The first doctor I went to, told me that she would cut me at 39 weeks because its a higher risk to have a vbac and that it would be safer for me to have a repeat c-section. I smiled at her and made sure to never look back at that office ever again. lol
My friend recommended me to her doc which had 5 docs that I had to see. She had a successful vaginal birth with her first child, and she just spoke very highly of all the doctors there, so I went. Well, everyone was extremely nice, but this doc told me that he would sign me up for another surgery @ 39 weeks if I had no signs of going into labor on my own. I asked the doc why he wouldn't just wait till 40 weeks to see if the baby will come, he told me that if I hadn't gone into labor by then, then it would never happen. That was the biggest lie I had ever heard!
I was pretty down, and I actually cried because I felt like nobody would allow me to have a vbac. I wanted the experience that I missed with my first, and because my son was two years old, I didnt want to be stuck in bed for two weeks, trying to recovery from surgery. I started searching online about midwives and I found one near my home that did homebirths. I had never thought about having that kind of birth, but I thought it was interesting and I felt like it would be great for me to try. I have to give all glory to God because he worked everything out for me. I finally got the nerve to call the midwife and she was more than willing to see me and my husband. At that time I was about 33 weeks long, and I dont think anyone who would take a women that late in her pregnancy, but she did. :)
She was the first person to actually sit us down and ask us what WE would like for this birth. She truly cared for us and gave us confidence that I could have a successful natural birth if that's my desire. Let me tell you, I left that other doctor just as fast as I could, and finally stayed with the midwife.
So, 39 weeks finally came and I was so anxious to see if anything would happen because I was told that if I didnt, then there was no hope. You guys, my water broke that week.
It was about 10:45 that night, we called my midwife to tell her that it broke. She didn't think we would have the baby soon because she was considering me a first time mom. So, I laid in the tub for an hour, and then the contractions were about 5 minutes apart. My husband called her again, and she asked if I wanted her to come to the house, I said yes, and then she was on her way. She made it to the house about 3:00 and she checked me and I was 4cm. I was kind of disappointed because she checked me two days before that and I was a 3. So, I continued to labor, and about 6 that morning she checked again, and I was about an 8. Let me tell you, when she said that, I was like, "Its actually happening!!" I couldn't believe that I progressed that far so soon. So, she made me walk around the house and do squats during the contractions. I thought she was crazy, but she reassured me that it would help open my pelvis and I wouldn't have to push that long and she was so right. Remember, I said that she checked me @ 6 and I was almost an 8, Well, I had my second son @ 7:47 that morning!!!!!! He was 7lbs, 14 oz and PERFECT!!!! I only pushed for less than 10 minutes. I'm so happy that I followed my heart and not allow the doctors to tell me what my body would or would NOT do. Dont get me wrong, I'm thankful for doctors, but I dont believe that they know everything. I know my body better than anyone and I just knew that I just needed someone that was willing to give me a chance to try natural.
So sorry that it was so long, but I wanted you to know all that I went through to achieve my successfuI vbc. I hope my story helps someone. You can do a vbac, just trust your body!