Natural birth after a c-section?

Mara - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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How possible and safe is it ?Would it be better to stick to another c-section?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/14/2010

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I JUST had a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) April 11, 2010. It is absolutely possible. There are a few factors that might come into play, such as the reason you needed a c-section the first time, what type of incision was made...and how long ago. Also, you are much more likely to achieve your vbac goal with a midwife. I went through a midwife...and it was the most incredible thing. It was in a hospital of course...especially since a vbac is considered high risk. The risk is very small, but your uterus can rupture....but the chances of something going wrong with a c-section is actually a higher risk. It should be your choice (of course if no medical reason pending) and if your Dr. says no...seek another one. Good luck, if you have any questions at all, you can feel free to contact me personnally. I loved having a natural birth. I did not even have an epidural....I got to the hospital too late for one though.

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In Australia, c-sections are generally only for emergencies or medical necessity, and it's generally assumed that the next birth will be vaginal, unless there are problems that prevent it. Doctors at one stage thought that once a c-section, always a c-section, but this thinking is regarded as outmoded now.

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Kathy - posted on 02/14/2013

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I had three natural births after my Cesarean. I reccomend fetal monitoring and intrauterine monitor to measure the strength of the contractions. Do not allowd induction of labor. I am a labor nurse

Carol - posted on 02/14/2013

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One more thing: check out ICAN-online (international cesarean awareness network) for info on VBAC.

Carol - posted on 02/14/2013

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The risk of rupture is tiny for a bikini scar on the uterus, and even when there is an opening in the scar, it's usually a "window" and is no cause for concern. On the other hand, risks of serious complications are much greater with major surgery. A VBAC is many times safer. Even if you do end up with another cesarean, the labor has benefitted the baby. Stress hormones help the baby breathe and bond--this is important.

Carol - posted on 02/14/2013

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I had one cesarean and three VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean). I would rather be in labor for a whole week than have another surgery! VBAC is, for almost everyone, a million times safer than major surgery. There are so many reasons to give birth the way God intended--hormone action prepares the baby to breathe and bond with you, giving birth and breastfeeding is good for the mother's body, and the risk of complications is far lower. The pain of labor is over when the birth is done, and healing is quick. After a cesarean, weeks of pain are still ahead, with permanent complications for some. It was nearly a year before I felt back to normal, and the damage to my body impaired my ability to care for the baby. It was so much easier after normal deliveries. I know some women do better after surgery than I did, but I've also met women who did worse. There is also more postpartum depression after surgery. My advice is to go for it, and make sure your birth attendant is fully supportive. Doctors tend to do what they are used to and believe in, so you may not get your VBAC if the doctor is not committed to it.

Bernadette - posted on 02/12/2013

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Also consider the reasons for your first c-section. I had an emergency c-section with my first, due to "failure to progress". Her heart rate dropped, and I just wasn't dilating despite the advanced stage of my contractions, and being on a drip to speed things along, it just wasn't happening and they had to get her out fast. With my second, I was determined that I was having a natural birth, and the midwives said I should go for it. The doctor was a lot more pesimistic, but I really wanted to do it anyway. I was sure that my failure to progress was due to being induced before my body was actually ready for it. So with my son, I waited until I went into labour naturally, even though this was nine days after my due date. I figured that by then, my body would be ready to go for sure. I ended up in surgery again, because I still didn't dilate. After talking to a really lovely, understanding midwife, who explained that I had not even started to dilate, even though I was once again in very advanced stages in terms of the severity of my contractions, and that even though my baby was not yet distressed as my daughter was, she said that by the time my body was ready to go it would definitely have become too much for him. So I decided to have the c-section before it became and emergency - even though, technically it was classed as an emergency because it wasn't planned. But anyway, long story short - my reason for the c-section the first time was that my body just wasn't responding. The same thing happened second time round. So look at the reasons you had your first c-section - if it was something your body did/didn't do, then it could happen again. If it was due to other circumstances, and your doctor thinks it's fine, then go for it. Even after saying all that, I'm still glad I tried for a natural birth second time round, as now I know for sure that it just wasn't meant to happen that way for me. Had I just booked in for a c-section, I'd always be wondering if I could have done it.

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2013

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I had a c section with my first and now with my second Im 36 weeks the midwives and doc have been telling me I can go natural

Deanna - posted on 02/12/2013

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It is possible. There is an elevated risk of rupturing, but you are constantly monitored so the risk is not as high as people think. I suggest trying for natural, but keep your options open.

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Depends on how much scar tissue your first c-section left. I had two previous c-sections and the docs had no problem letting me try, but there was too much scar tissue in my case. The baby couldn't descend and despite a pitocin drip, no labor. Baby went into distress, so they did a c-section.

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2013

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I had an emergency c section for my first child but had 2 vbac deliveries for my next two. I would pick vaginal delivery over c section any day because recovery is so much easier.

SUZANNE - posted on 02/10/2013

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I had a c section with my first pregnancy due to the fact it was twins which is 4 years ago tomorrow i then went on to have a fairly straight forward v bac i did have forceps aswell but my recovery was quick and fairly pain free 13 month ago in my opinion i was very much wanting a v bac just so i could be up on my feet for my other two but everyone is different and you know your body and baby.

Esther - posted on 02/10/2013

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My first was delivered by emergency c section, second and third both vbac no complications, healthy and quick very quick deliveries ... With a toddler I really wanted and thankfully had natural birth

Naomi - posted on 02/10/2013

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It's up to you, your dr, and the hospital. A lot of drs won't do it. I myself thought about doing a VBAC for my 2nd son but after doing the research I decided against it. I went on baby center and after reading about 100 posts from moms who had a great experience there were about 5 moms who lost their child trying it because apparently if you rupture, which there is always a chance of, they save the mom first and then the baby after. Therefore the baby usually doesn't make it. Wasn't worth it to me but you need to make your own decision.

Marguerite - posted on 02/10/2013

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I had an emergency c-section with my first child and then 22 months later, my daughter was born vaginally, so it is safe and completely possible. Both of my children were (and are) healthy and I have had no issues at all. My doctor actually recommended it at the time and said that it's a myth that it's not safe. Also, it seemed like it was a much quicker recovery after the vbac, but then it was also my 2nd baby, so the 'first-time mommy shock' wasn't a factor.

Rebecca - posted on 02/09/2013

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I had a c section with my son 3 months ago, I wanted to go natural n have a vaginal birth but he wasn't moving down into the birth canal. Next baby I want to go natural and have a vaginal birth so I looked into it and found a great blog. In the blog she tells of her experience with get c section and then of her vbac. She also offers information on things you can do to increase your chance of a vbac. http://thepathtovbac.blogspot.com/2009/0... is the url, I how this helps. Good luck.

Nichole - posted on 02/09/2013

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Every situation is different, and a lot of it depends on the circumstances of your first c-section. In my case, my C was because my son was in distress (cord around his neck, beginning of a placental abruption). Being that it was "him" and not me, I was a great candidate for a VBAC the second time around. My daughter was born 100% healthy after a fairly good labor. I am SO glad I went the VBAC route! Recovery post VBAC was a zillion times easier than recovering from the C. I would VBAC ANY DAY!

Kerrie - posted on 02/09/2013

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I had 2 c sections due to breach with the first and a bleed with the second followed by two natural births, it's quite rare but I was fine, as their were no medical problemd.

Carrie - posted on 02/09/2013

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It depends on why you had the c section to begin with. My first child, 20 years ago, was a section . I was in labor for 18 hours & after 30 minutes of pushing, she was strangling herself & her heart rate kept dropping so I needed an emergency c section. I have had 4 more children after her & ALL we're vaginal! My c section was literally THE WORST EXPERIENCE of my life! So I MADE it very clear to my OBGYNs after that I do not want another one unless it's a necessity . There is a VERY SLIM risk of your uterus rupturing . My children are 20, 18, 17, 10 & 7 & like I said it was the 20 year old who was the section . I will NEVER understand the women who CHOOSE to have a section either to make a baby born on a certain date or to avoid other " vain " issues. It IS major surgery & recovery for me was HELL! Vaginal is so much easier &i could walk right after ! I couldn't walk forw days after mine, had air trapped in my chest which made it extremely hurtful just to breathe & was in the hospital for 5 days . I had to sleep sitting up for 2 weeks, it was just awful . Not to mention, bonding with her was hard because I never actually felt like I actually "had" her, it just felt like someone just said "here you go, take care of thus baby" where as physically pushing my others out, I had an instant bond with them ! I know it sounds stupid or silly, but I've talked to several other moms who had sections & they ALL felt the same the way ! I don't know why that disconnect is there, but I find it interesting . My oldest & I are closer than ever, but it just wasn't as easy to bond with her at first which made me feel like the worst mother ever became I was so in love with her during my entire pregnancy ! I'm sure being 16 had a lot to do with it, but I NEVER let my age interfere with my parenting skills. I was a better mom than a lot of older moms I knew. Anyway, not the point. The point is, yes you can have a vbac it just depends on why you had the c section to begin with. The MOST important thing is to talk with your health care professional . Good luck !

Tracy - posted on 02/06/2013

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Yes you can! My first one was 2 weeks 2 days overdue, and after 3 days of nasty labour I got stuck at 7cm...ended up with a C-Section.....16mts later had a V-bac with my second one after 2 days of solid labour. For both births I had awesome Midwives that would not let the Dr.s bully me or themselves for that matter (and the Dr.s certainly tried!)......I would have had a 2nd C-section as far as my Dr. was concerned and was very glad I had a V-bac for my second. Unless there is a medical concern or complication for you, trust yourself! Go with what feels right! Midwives ROCK! Good luck!

Sally - posted on 02/05/2013

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It depends on how you were cut and sewn the last time and whether that is affecting this pregnancy in any way. If they did the last one right and they don't use any contraction enhancing drugs this time, it should be safer than another section.

Vanessa - posted on 02/04/2013

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My MIL had 7 children, natural, cs, natural x4 and one last cs and she's 62 so it is possible and has been done for years, her oldest is almost 40 and I just noticed that this convo is 2+ years old lol

Angela - posted on 06/14/2010

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you can have a natural birth after a c-sect. I had to have an emergency c-sect with my first becaausei wasn't dialating and my little girl was in distress. I was told i could have a VBAC with my second due to the circumstances with my first birth but i have opted for a c-sect again as i do not want to risk complications like i did with my first...so depending on how your first expereince went depends on whether you can or cannot. Your doctor will give you the best advice come the time.

Christine - posted on 06/10/2010

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My sister had an emergency C- section with her first baby but her next two babies were delivered vaginally.

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010

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Yes it's possible, but it depends on the time between the births (mine was 2 years 10 months) I had an elective C section with the first, and a vaginal delivery with the second.

Rebecca - posted on 06/10/2010

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It's safe and possible for sure! As long as you had no health reasons for getting the c-birth in the first place there is no reason to not try for a vbac. If you had complications during the labor process i would personally play it by ear for a bit in labor and then if things didn't progress i would ask for a c-birth. I know a few women how have gone and had healthy vbacs and no issues.
Good luck

Rachel - posted on 06/10/2010

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it is possible it is called a vbac and i would speak to your doctor to find out how safe it is for you. it depends on your situation and the amount of time inbetween your births. there can be serious complications if your uterus is not strong enough to withstand the pushing and contractions. so deffinately speak to your doctor. and you can do some research. i had a c section with my first due to being in labor for 36hrs and not getting anywhere and opted to have a second c section to avoid complications

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