Forcing a C-section

Angela - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have had two preemies, one was delivered via emergency c-section at 24 weeks, and they made a classical incision, which made them then tell me that I would never have a normal birth, all c-sections (because of uterine rupture). Well, my second child was born VBAC at 2 lb 14 oz, because my labor progressed too fast and they couldnt even set up the OR. Let me tell you I loved the way I felt afterward! Compared to the c-section I felt invincible! Anyway, the doctors are trying to tell me that with my third pregnancy (I am 36 weeks) that I HAVE to have a c-section again! This is NOT fair, can I refuse? I am not very good at advocating for myself, especially with doctors...Everything went perfect with my second child, Silas, so WHY would I have to have a c-section again? Any advice and feedback I would really appreciate!

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Merry - posted on 05/14/2011

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I'd get a second and maybe third opinion by other obgyns, or midwives. You need to see all sides of this and make a medically educated choice. Yes you can refuse, but do it with complete info and confidence in your decision.

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Firebird - posted on 05/17/2011

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You may have to look around for a practice that will allow vbacs but you certainly do not "have" to get another section. If you're already 36 weeks you're going to have to move fast though.

Angela - posted on 05/17/2011

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Your right, not the end of the world, but I have always been high energy and love to interact with my kids all day every day and so in a way, it would really mess up my routine for a while, I do NOT like feeling like I cant do things that are normally a breeze. Thank you everyone for your input. : )

Angela - posted on 05/17/2011

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I have read up on it, and at my appt on monday everything that the doc said to me I already knew, my risk of uterine rupture is 5- 10%, which to me, is worth the risk, because there are so many more pros then cons when its VBAC versus c-section. I want to be able to breastfeed, while being able to take care of my other two kiddos as well. It would take at LEAST 6 weeks to even begin to recover a major surgery like that...I have done both, and like I said, I never felt better then being able to get out of bed and take care of my kids and healing so quickly. Its also better for the babys lungs to come out of the birth canal, as well as my breastmilk will come in quicker because my body will know that the baby is out and ready to feed. If I hadnt had a VBAC already, I wouldnt be as confident and comfortable as I am with it. Yes, this baby will be bigger, but the chances are still slim enough to make it worth it.

Alison - posted on 05/14/2011

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well its not too safe to i hear after havin a c-section but just see how risky it is first just so u do harm urself

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Sure you can refuse.... just don't go in. ;)

I do have to add that my scheduled repeat c-section and recovery was MUCH better than my semi-emergency one though. A repeat c-section isn't the end of the world.

User - posted on 05/14/2011

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Your body, your choice. Get yourself a midwife who is experienced with doing vbacs and do some research yourself. The ICAN website is a good place to start.

My vbac felt like one of my greatest achievements. I hope it works out well for you.

Angela - posted on 05/14/2011

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I was 29 weeks with Silas, so yes he was smaller then an average size baby, but I really dont think that should matter, I feel confident that I can do this! HELP

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