VBAC Vaginal Birth After C-Section. Stats and what should you know?

Miriam - posted on 07/24/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Have you ever had a VBAC? How many births have you had? How were each delivered? Did you have any complications? Any legal issues? What advice would you give? In what state do you live and what are the laws on Midwives and VBACs for home and hospitals?

How do you feel about VBAC after 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or more c-sections.

I am pregnant as are many people I know and we are all asking these questions. We have searched all over the web but decided that we/I need a more clear view from fellow moms who have already done it and how they done it.

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Miriam - posted on 07/24/2013

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I am also using my history to base my decision not just that of others.

I have had several c section that all went smoothly. The fist was supposedly do to my babys heart rate dropped slightly and they decided to do it as an emergency. But they took 3 hours to get me on the operation table and did not even come to check on me. The doc was not mine as my doc had gone out of town and I got a doc whom just was really cold.

After that I was always told if you've had one you have to have a second. Then if you've had two you have to have a 3rd. See the pattern? I was never given the option and just did not know better.

My last baby I labored at the hospital for a few hours till I had to push (his head was at the door so to speak haha) then they threw me on an OR table without any chance. The reason they had me labor was I had eaten 2 hours before coming in as it was spontaneous labor. They just follow the same pattern as above.

I told my doc that my husband (a trip he cannot get out of) will be out of state and as I am do around christmas all my friends will be gone to so I might get stuck at home. She did not seem to care just shrug oh ok, I recommend you try to find a way. As if it was no big deal.

Chet - posted on 07/24/2013

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I've only had vaginal deliveries. Most of the moms I know who had a c-section with their first baby opted to continue having c-sections, they didn't even consider trying for a VBAC. This is in Canada. I have a friend in Europe who had a c-section with her first and a VBAC with her second. She wasn't allowed to deliver at home, but she was only in the hospital for something like eight hours. I don't think she was offered an automatic c-section either. She was expected to attempt a vaginal delivery first. That said, I'm sure the concern regarding uterine rupture is very legitimate. When another friend had her third c-section the doctor pointed out to the resident that her baby's hair was sticking out through one of the previous c-section scars on her uterus. You really need to consider the details of your individual case - what type of incision you've had with previous c-sections, if you need to be induced, the number of previous pregnancies, the confidence and skill of the health professionals you're dealing with, etc. Anecdotal evidence from random people is not a good way to make this sort of decision.

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