Another C-Section??

Tara - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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i have 2 children already .. my first was natural (induced at 34 weeks due to pre-term rupture of membranes) and my 2nd was a emergency c-section (induced at 36 weeks due to pre-term rupture of membranes) .. and were planning a 3rd .. just wondering if iam able to have another c-section or will they push me to have a natural?? id prefer a c-section as i cannot handle pain and recovered alot better from my c-section than the natural birth.

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Sherre - posted on 01/09/2010

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I would also like to add for other mothers who think you cannot have a VBAC, you can! Info can be found anywhere online or at a hospital. If your doctor says they will not do it, maybe you should go somewhere else. Even if you had a good c-section before, you may not have a good one the next time around. Also, a c-section is considered major surgery, which is increased risks. There's less than 1% risk of uterine rupture having a vbac. I know I will def be having one with my next child.
Good luck mothers :)

Kimberly - posted on 01/09/2010

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Hey there Tara!! I am a mom of 2 boys and both were C-sections due to my cervix of steel that does not dilate!!!! I am also a Labor and Delivery Nurse. Your Dr may give you the choice to try and VBAC or have a repeat elective C-section. You do whatever you feel most comfortable with!! I have had moms VBAC with no problems but I have also seen those cases where we ended up going back for a C-section,after laboring for a while, and being very close to uterine rupture at the incision site from the previous C-section. In the long run you are the one who lives with your decision... make the one that will allow your birth experience to be the most enjoyable :0)

Cheryl - posted on 01/09/2010

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I have had 5 c-sections. Because my first labor lasted more than 40 hrs and became too stressful for my daughter, my doctor explained to me that I and she would benefit from a c-sec election before it became a NECESSSITY. I even went 'flatline' on the table due to exhaustion from the prolonged labor I felt I had to endure because EVERYONE was telling me that natural childbirth proved I would be a better mother. You stated that your child was delivered via EMERGENCY section - was the incision verticle or horizontal? If verticle, you may not have the OPTION to try natural. If horizontal, and all systems are go ( no unusual complications) there are no more reasons to have an elected c-section than to go natural. ALL childbirth methods have a 'mortality rate'. Dont be scared by numbers. Listen to your doctor, listen to your body. Make educated decisions for YOUR situation and circumstance. Ask your doctor the questions you may be afraid to ask, such as 'what is the routine procedure and time frame of a V-BAC ( Vaginal Birth After C-Sec) that becomes stressed or in danger?' Talk to your family about your wishes if something were to happen. You still have plenty of time to make choices AND change your mind of those choices before you're screaming for an epidural. Oh, and my 2nd thru 5th births were all ELECTED C-Sections although there were no signs of trouble.

Julie - posted on 01/09/2010

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i was told i would preoubly have to have another c section after the twins if i wanted to have another if you have already had a c section in the past they will proubly play safe and offer you another 3rd time round

Sherre - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had my first child via c-sec and it was a very traumatic expeirence for me. I also had an infection and was on a wound vac for a month, making it hard to bond and breastfeed my child. I know for my next child, I am determining to have it natural! And the pain will be worth it. Here are some tips below:

•Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) is safer for both mother and infant, in most cases, than is routine elective cesarean, which is major surgery.
•The risk to your infant from the very low incidence of uterine rupture (less than 1%) after a prior cesarean is much less than the risk to your infant from respiratory distress as a result of a scheduled cesarean.
•One-half of all cesarean women suffer complications, and the maternal mortality rate is at least two to four times that of women with vaginal births. Approximately 180 women die annually in the United States from elective repeat cesareans.

This info can be found at Ican-online.org
Good luck!

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Kathy - posted on 10/01/2011

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I have had four c-sections and am going to have my fifth in February. I agree with you on it is easier and heals quicker. My first son was an emergancy c-section after 231/2 hours of labor with no drugs of any kind. He got stuck coming through the birth canal and after trying foursepts and a vacume pump they did an emergancy c-section I had been cut and stitched in 5 different places in the vaginal area. And my c-section healed twice as fast as the vaginal stitches did. I am not sure if they will try to push another c-section depends on dr. and hospital I am sure but since you have had one c-section I am almost positive you can have another with out much arguement.

Stephanie - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have 3 kids, all by c-section. I had a choice with the 2nd, but after 2 c-sections you don't get a choice--you have to have a c-section.

Shawn - posted on 01/12/2010

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My first was a c-section due to high blood pressure. my second was a planned c-section and my third was planned because they didnt want me to get sick again.

Prentiss - posted on 01/12/2010

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Hi Tara! My name is Prentiss and I have 4 daughters. My first was an emergency c-section and my 2nd was a natural delivery. My 3rd and 4th were c-sections. They do however tell you that it is a high-risk surgery but you do have a choice as to which one you feel most comfortable doing. They told me that it is preferred to do it naturally if it can be done but everything worked out just fine for me and all of my girls are perfectly healthy. Hope this helps.

Maria - posted on 01/11/2010

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I don't think you'd have a problem with a repeat c-section. I was planning a vbac and my doctor changed the plans at 36 weeks! I couldn't find another doctor to switch to that far into the game....so i was stuck. But I think most prefer to do a repeat section. We are planning #4 and it has taken me mos. to find a doctor that will attempt a vbac after 2 c- sections. But once he gets my surgical reports, he could pull the plug too! best of luck with #3 !

Darlene - posted on 01/10/2010

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They would much rather do a c-section. Actually most doctors will not allow a vaginal birth after a section. There are a lot more risk and liability to them to do a vbac. I have had to sections but i think the recovery process is hard..Good luck :)

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2010

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if its within 2 years of having your fist C section then you will have to have another C done.

Danielle - posted on 01/09/2010

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I think that will be up to your doctor. I know a doctor who would not perform a vbac whatsoever and I knew another doctor who preferred to try with a vaginal delivery before doing a c-section as a last resort. Also, I read online (so that doesn't necessarily make it a reliable source) that if it's been less than 18 months since your c-section they will not allow you to try for a vbac.

Charlene - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had an emergency c-section with my daughter and it was a terrible experience. My obgyn told me at my 6-week check up that if I wanted to have a VBAC with my next child that I could, but that after two c-sections in a row, most doctors won't let you do VBAC. I'm in Alberta though, so I don't know what the general rule is for where ever you are.

I encourage you to try it, but if it's not for you than don't feel guilty! :)

Mary - posted on 01/09/2010

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Most likely natural birth. Come on, natural birth is the best way. Stop being lazy and scared. You can hadle the pain. It will be well worth it and after it's over you will not remember it. Just the joy that you have when you see your beautiful child.

Janet - posted on 01/09/2010

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I would suggest it to your dr. that maybe you feel more comfertable having a c-section. I had two myself. First one was 6 weeks premature , second was a week late.And it was easy for them to do tubaligation after i had the last one.I dont know where you plans are as family goes but that was another reason for a c-section.

Stevie - posted on 01/09/2010

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there are alot of drs that dont do vbac so the chances of you having a natural birth without asking for a vbac or surching for a dr who does them is a slim chance your next birth will be natural no after the first c section (ive never had one nore do i wish to ever have a c section ( so this is just from learning and reading and stuff)) the c sections after the first is normally harder than the previous not always but its mostly due to old scar tissues that makes this the cause its normally more riskier the next time(s) you have another c section but obviously your dr would express his or her opion on that if he or she felt something about it but yes the chances of you havent another c section are in your favor of having one good luck i hope all goes well for you and you can have a full term pregnancy and no pre term rupterd membranes :)

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I had a c-section with my son and my vote is for a second for you... I enjoyed not having the stress of labor before my son arrived..

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2010

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They prefer you have c-sections after the first. VBAC is a decision you have to make. I am sure you could have a c-section. But do remember that natural is best for the babe!
I had a traumatic birth and I was terrified to have my second..it was great! No issues and the third was completely natural and fantastic. The first is always the hardest.

Christina - posted on 01/09/2010

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A lot of Drs and hospitals won't allow a VBAC due to the higher liability insurance required. Most Drs still recommend a repeat c section due to the higher risk with a vbac. Also, if you have a vbac they cannot give you pitocin because it would make the contraction too strong and greatly increases the chance of uterine rupture. Additionally, you may not have the option at all. If they did a vertical cut on your uterus (unlikely but possible), you have to have a c section. This being said I think that you are making a good decision by requesting another c section because of your history. Talk to your doctor though, ask as many questions as you feel necessary. If you really want the csection and they say no (again unlikely but possible) insist or request another Dr.

Edna - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son was born by cesarean 3 1/2 years ago and i am 13 weeks pregnant with #2, I want to do a VBAC but the doctor says he wont do it unless I insist.. There are a lot of risks involved, however I made it all through labor and was stopped during pushing when PJ's feet came out, they rushed us into surgery and took him by c-section.. I don't think it is fair that I should have to get another c-section if I don't want one.. I wouldn't mind having another cesarean if they would let me go as far into labor as I did with my first child.. I liked labor, it was like nothing else I have ever been through, and I want the memory..

Patricia - posted on 01/09/2010

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you have a greater possibility for having another section than vbac. You had problems with both of your deliveries before, the section being a result of that. I am trying for a vbac this time around with my 4th child but the only reason my doc is even considering it is I had 2 natural deliveries prior and my section with my 3rd child was more female related than specifically pregnancy related. I did not have a rupture or high blood pressure or anything like that, I had developed a 9 cm ovarian cyst that was blocking the birth canal. The fact that you ruptured with both prior pregnancies, your doc would probably prefer a section for you anyway.

Erin - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was told it depends on Hospital and the Doctors. I had a c-section with my daughter and was thinking about having a VBAC with my next daughter due in May. My hospital is the only one around here that will do it, but after speaking with my mid-wife this week, i'm nervous about the risks. So i would talk to your doctor and see what they suggest. Good luck.

Abbie - posted on 01/09/2010

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I was told you needed to have a natural birth to have a VBAC, but I guessing if you want a c section they will do one.

Crystal - posted on 01/09/2010

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YOu can tell your ob that you would much rather another have C-section and see what they say..I had a C-section with my first child. and told them i wanted another one cuz i don't want to have her natural. so I will be having another C-section.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2010

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My Dr, will not do a VBAC..I think most recommend c-sections after you've already had one.

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