had a c section with first child will l get another with second

Tracy - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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after my daughter was born l was told l could have a c section with my next baby, lm now 6 weeks pregnant and my friend thinks l wont be offer one, does anybody know if l will xxx

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Vicki - posted on 08/11/2009

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as you have had a c section before, you have the choice, i had a c section 1st time round and was given the choice the 2nd time, although they do prefer you to do it naturally, and if you choose a c section again any other children you have WILL HAVE to be by c section. hope that helps

Tish - posted on 05/27/2012

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hi im almost 3 months i have a little boy whos 6 now he was 2 months early and i had an emergency c section and i got put to sleep i was so freaked out and now this time im hoping for the same do you think i have that option cause im so f*****n scared i thonk it has alot to do with pain im not sure but im really freaked out!!!!! any suggestions please!

Denise - posted on 08/12/2009

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There are so many good replies here. I just wanted to add that I also have had both. My first was a c-section, not by choice, and my second was a VBAC. Not many doctors are as willing to handle VBAC patients because of malpractice insurance and hospital regulations. I think it is sad that so many are feeling pushed into the "once a c-section, always a c-section" category. Obviously, it is your choice to an extent. I am getting ready to have my third (I'm 33 weeks) and after going through both, I am hoping to go VBAC again this time. Sure there are benefits to knowing the day and time of your child's birth, but God designed our bodies to deliver a certain way and it has many benefits for the baby as well. If I can do it, I will! Just communicate with your doctor and get all of the facts. I'm sure you will be fine!

Dawn - posted on 08/11/2009

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Hi Tracy-
I have four kids - first natural, second c-section, third and fourth vbac. A vaginal birth is a MUCH better than a c-section unless you have a very serious tear which most don't. I would encourage you to TRY vaginal and know you can always fall back on c-section if needed. However, if you had a c-section because the baby would not descend then you might be good candidate for another. My c-section was because my baby was not handling my labor well. Good luck and consult you ob/midwife on what ALL your options are - communication is key.

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Veronique - posted on 04/18/2011

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Well it all depends on how old your first is. If he or she it more then 18 months old then you could try and have a naturel birth ( ask you doctor ) because not all doctor like to have a naturel birth after a c-section.

Shannon - posted on 04/18/2011

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I had to have an emergency one with my first, and was given the option with my second, but turned out I had to have one given the size of the baby!! Good Luck!

Sandra - posted on 04/12/2011

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yes indeed your doctor will advise u its best to have another one, i did with my second child and its less painful the second time around.

LISA - posted on 08/16/2009

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I think i remember that if you have one all you kids will be delivered that way, I may be wrong cause its been 13 years since mine but i believe thats what i remember

Tamy - posted on 08/15/2009

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After reading all the replies, I thought I'd add my experience with you - just for thought. I have 3 children, unscheduled C-sect due to hard breach, VBAC, then emergency C-sect delivery at 33 weeks. My first C-sect was recommended by my doctor due to the baby's breach position at about 38 weeks but I did not schedule, I waited and went into labor, water broke at home, etc but then by the time I got to the hospital, it was an emergency c-section - all went fine. Second baby I requested VBAC because there was no rason to have a c-section and I felt that I wanted the vaginal birth for several reasos. During all the Drs visits I know that I could have had another c-sect if I had preferred. What I really want to point out here is that in my case - and every pregnancy is different...the VBAC, labor and birth went pretty well, but I truly almost died within 24 hours after the birth!! I had emergency surgery and blood transfusions and a very rough time. Needless to say, third time around a c-section was mandatory and while I did not want to plan a date/time, etc., preferring that the labor at least started naturally - my doctor preferred to schedule the c-section. Of course, the one time I even considered planning a C-sect - I had the baby early and an emergency c-section! My first c-section did not really give any indication that I should need a second c-section, etc, but I will tell you that the recovery from the emergency surgery and birth of my second child was so much worse than either of my c-sections. It took me more than a year to fully get healthy physically and sure, I was tired with the newborn and toddler to care for and breastfeeding, etc but I could hardly enjoy that year. No post pregnancy depression, luckily, but just physical complications and the blood transfussions, etc just took such a toll on my body. Sorry to be so longwinded but, I have been encouraging my friends to be really communicative with their drs/midwives and be open minded about c-sections. You can still have a birth plan and work with your dr to try to make whatever choice you make, the right one for you and your baby. Lastly, if you do have a VBAC be sure your partner, Dr/midwife and even your delivery nurses know that if anything seems a little "different" at the delivery, to be sure and get attention.

Renee - posted on 08/12/2009

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If a repeat c-section is what you want, I can't imagine you will have any trouble getting it. While VBACs are becoming more popular, some hospitals and at least one state (that I know of) do not even allow VBACs because of the risk of uterine rupture. My dr asked me what I wanted to do and then we chose a hospital that supported my decision.

Krista - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting tracy:

if l had a choice ld rather have a c section as l had a long and painful labour and then an emercency c section xxxxx


Just so you know....a c-section can be dangerous for your child.  The trauma of being pulled out that way and the fact that there is no pressure to push any liquid out of them can lead to such things as pleuresy.  Yes, they're getting better, but vaginal, if you can is always better.  I had a c-section for my first AND a long labour, but I still want a v-bac.

Serena - posted on 08/11/2009

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i had c section on my 2nd but natural on my 3rd and 4th child it depend how u and baby are x

Malinda - posted on 08/11/2009

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I will add that you should really educate yourself on the risks, pros, and cons of both methods - as each one has them and it's important to make an informed medical desicion in this for both you and your baby. Good luck to you, whatever the outcome!

Tracy - posted on 08/11/2009

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thanks everyone l see my midwife in a few wks so we ll see what he says xxxxxxxxxxx

LeaAnn - posted on 08/09/2009

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hi am a nurse and have had two c-sections myself. However, the second c-section depends on a few things. It is not an automatic. First, how the cut was done in the first procedure (the cut on the inside...can find info in med record) and the progression of labor in the second pregnancy...

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Like most others have said, VBAC is becoming more common and it is your choice and only yours if you are even a candidate. One thing though is you need to keep in mind the type of c-section you had. Were you cut only horizontally or did you have a classical section where you were cut both horizontally (skin only) and vertically (uterus)? That does happen sometime in emergencies because of various reasons. That happened to me and in cases like that, VBAC is never an option.

Tamara - posted on 08/09/2009

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You don't have to have a RCS. VBAC is always a viable option unless health risks to yourself or your child necessitate a RCS. I advise going over to http://www.ican-online.org and visiting the forums there. The amazing women will help you on your VBAC journey and help you find a compatible caregiver if yours is anti-VBAC. (FTR, if your OB brings up the spectre of UR, just look at him and laugh. He's concerned about a 1/2 of a percentage point in INDUCED VBACs.)

Heather - posted on 08/09/2009

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I am a maternity nurse and some doctors will go for a VBAC "vaginal birth after cesarean" depending on the reason for the first c-section. If it was an emergency and you labored for a long time and the baby didn't descend then they will probably tell you to have another one because your body doesn't labor well. If you had a c-section for baby reason's like low heart rate or breech presentation most docs are more likely to allow you a "trial of labor". This is when they see how you and the baby do with labor and then make decisions based on what is happening now, not on what happened before. I hope this helps.

Tara - posted on 08/09/2009

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It's your choice, although a lot of hospitals will still say if you've had one c-section you have to deliver the rest by c-section. VBAC is being recognized more and more, but if you would prefer the c-section, your doctor is likely to agree more readily than if you want to do a VBAC. My mom had a section with me, did VBAC with my 2nd sister (more because she came too fast to go with the section than anything else) and had a section with my youngest sister because they told her she didn't have a choice in the matter. A friend of mine had an emergency c-section with her daughter (and I do mean emergency, she'd had an epidural and was going for vaginal birth, but when her daughter's heart rate dropped into the 20's they cut her open right in the delivery room to save her daughter's life), and she was told she has no choice with having a c-section for her twins due in September.
If you want the section, definitely talk to your doctor and explain why - odds are they will agree with you and schedule you for a c-section.

Laura - posted on 08/09/2009

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I was in labor not very long and everthing was going so fast, too quick that I wasn't even able to get an epidural. I was pushing with my first only after 8 hours. I was ready to go and the pain was unbearable, however my little guy said, Nope i'm coming and bringing my chord with me, so I had to have an emergency c-section, i wasn't even awake to see him born. Anyway, if your body did everything it was supposed to like mine, you could be a good candidate for a VBAC, for the next one. I hope i can VBAC for the next one. My husband and I were both so upset that we couldn't see our son born.

Nicole - posted on 08/09/2009

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Ive had 3 C-sections, only my first was unexpected after that I chose to have th other 2 c-sections and if I have anymore will have another c-section

Angelika - posted on 08/09/2009

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No,it can be born on the natural way. One time c section means not always c section! Good luck!

Jeanne - posted on 08/09/2009

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You have to discuss this with your ob. Some doctors are more willing to do a vbac (vaginal birth acfter c-secion) than others. It also depends of why you were given a c-section in the first place. Was it a question that you weren't progressing, was the baby to big for your pelvis, was the baby or you in dsitress??? All of this factors into the decision your ob will make so that he can give you and your baby the best care possible. If you make it clear to your doctor that you prefer to go the c-section route he will explain to you all the pros and cons and you can make your own informed decision. Good luck to you.

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2009

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I had a c-section with my first im now pregnant with my 2nd 36 weeks. I go on tuesday to see about my 2nd c-section and when i will be having it. I asked for my 2nd section and they ask you why but they do listen and understand x

Rebekah - posted on 08/09/2009

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It is all up to you. For the longest time doctors have thought that it would be better if a mother who had previously had a c-section, would continue to have her children through c-sections. They now find that the scar tissue can cause more problems if they go for more scheduled c-section instead of trying to deliver vaginally. If you wish to deliver vaginally, you should tell your doctor. And if your doctor tells you they don't think it's a good idea, you should be strong and tell them that this is YOUR wish that you would like to give birth vaginally. There are also plenty of groups for support for a VBAC(vaginal birth after cesarean). This is YOUR decision, not the doctor's. But I will say this: If they want a c-section b/c there is no other way, you should consider doing another C-section. I am a firm believer in, "Let me try until it is impossible." When it's impossible, THEN you can do a c-section. KWIM? Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 08/09/2009

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Well that is your option too! I've known several women who chose to do that. one woman chose to have a c-section because she'd been in an accident (similar to mine) and the doctors were afraid she wouldn't be able to deliver vaginally. She was perfectly happy having 3 c-sections.

Tracy - posted on 08/09/2009

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if l had a choice ld rather have a c section as l had a long and painful labour and then an emercency c section xxxxx

Sharon - posted on 08/09/2009

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Doctors are coming around. They used to say once a c-sect always a c-sect. Talk to your OBGYN. Tell them you are hoping for a vaginal birth (VBAC = Vaginal Birth After Csection). See what they have to say.

Stacey - posted on 08/09/2009

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Not always. It will depend on how things progress and why you had one before. Have a great pregnancy!!!

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