Ok I have a big problem and its driving me crazy trying to figure out what to do! I am now 7 months pregnant with my second child, I had a c-section with my first child, and now I have to make the choice do I go for a planned c-section or do I go for a VBAC? I know the risks of both, as I have been doing some research and both have there positives and negatives, and I'm scared of both, I feel I should just go for a c-section cause I know what to expect but with the risks of both procedures, I 'm still not really sure, I do want one more child, and don't want to have complications with my next pregnancy, or even worse not able to have another child due to a hysterectomy that could happen if I get a uterine rupture! Also my husband would really like to see a vaginal birth, but he does support whatever choice I make. I don't know, I'm going crazy trying to figure this out!

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Yolanda - posted on 02/26/2009

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Charlene i would recommend u to have a vbac, even do that i dont know you, i recommend u the vbac because i have 4 kids, with my firs the doctor try to convience for c-section, i finally decide not too, and natural is the most beautiful experience u and your husban will have.Just leave it in god hands and go vbac, good luck.

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Raquel - posted on 05/30/2012

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Here's an online program with some great information on c-sections: http://consciouswoman.org/category/semin... As for your husband, if he doesn't want to see a vaginal birth, why not just have him wait outside? Don't feel pressured to having him present. A mother, sister or good friend can also support you. He can always come in the room as soon as the baby is out. Congratulations!

Chana - posted on 05/29/2012

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I've had 5 vaginal births and have had friends who have had C-sections. Recovery time for vaginal is much quicker and it's a healthier way to have children unless there is an issue and you NEED a c-section I recommend vaginal delivery. Best of luck to you!

Cyndel - posted on 05/28/2012

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Personally I say have a trial of labor, if it doesn't work you can always go for the c-section. But you can't do the other way around.
The possibility of VBAC uterine rupture is almost identical to the possibility of uterine rupture in a first time mom. So very low. I would check out the ICAN web site.
http://blog.ican-online.org/

Charlene - posted on 03/04/2009

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Hi, first thing I'd like to say is thank you to all of you for your help and info! Some of you wanted to know why I had a c-section with my first child, I was induced on my due date, because my son was not growing for the last month of my pregnancy and they said he wasn't benifiting from being in me anymore. So I went in that night, they induced, I spent the night and in the morning the contractions where pretty bad, and his heart rate was dropping with every one. I also wasn't dilating, so it was going to be a long labour. they broke my water and started me on pictocin. After awhile I started to feel faint, and felt like I was going to pass out, asked my husband to call the nurse and at that moment his heart rate dropped and stayed down for 8 minutes, and because his heart rate was down for so long they said he couldn't handle the labour and recomended a c-section. All I could think about was get him out!



So anyway the recovery was pretty bad I do remember crying and wanting to go to the hospital because the pain was so bad! But I did heal very well and the scar is barely noticable! The doctor did a great job!



Well after alot of thinking and reading and thinking some more, I've decided to go ahead and try the VBAC. I am nervous and scared of the risks, but there are risks to both and if I do want another I will have to have a c-section with the third if I ended up with one this time. I figured that if I didn't try it I would always wonder what if, I watch baby story and cry every time I see a nature birth and feel I did miss out on such an emotional experience and I would like to have that! So I will talk to my doctor at the next appointment and tell him I'm going to try and see what happens, if I end up having another section then thats whats meant to be. The most important thing is the baby comes into this world alive and healthy. All I can do is try to keep postive an dhope for the best, if I can do anything to help increase my chances of having a vbac I would do it, just don't know if there is anything I can do, but wait and see!



Once again thank you so much for all your help, it really means so much to me to have such caring mothers out there!

Sommer - posted on 02/28/2009

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I'm sure that plenty have given you their opinions but I thought I'd join in here too:-) Like I read from a couple of people, a lot of your decision needs to be made because of why you had the first c-section in the first place. I had basically an emergency c-section when I had my first. I was in labor for a long time, pushed but baby wasn't coming...so c-section. It was hard recovery. But, my doctors have not reccomended to me ever to try a vbac(I assume mostly because of concerns of complications and also not really wanting to put me through the same experience). I am pregnant with my 4th and this will be my 4th c-section! Granted, if things had been different, I would want to have my babies naturally..but the risks are too much in my situation. However, for you they may not be. Have you discussed with your husband, doctor about your choices...have you been told why you had the c-section before? Consider all these things. You can have multiple c-sections, but yes it is harder at times...recovery is not as easy as natural. However, my planned c-sections have always ended with easier recovery and that has been a blessing.

I hope that you will be able to make a decision that you can be at peace with.

Yvette - posted on 02/28/2009

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im now going onto my 3rd c-section and iv had 2 natural births. i would reconmend trying natural as if u have another c-section you'll never be able to try it and personally if i could do another natural i would. you recover so much quicker and feel 10 times better.

Naomi - posted on 02/28/2009

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I have not been in your situation but i have had 4 friends in my mothers group who have. 3 of them had VBAC no major problems. the other one's dr said if you don't go into Labor by this date then we are doing a c section. I think it comes down to your relationship with your Dr. do you trust him/her and what they think. recover from vbacs is a lot faster and a lot easier plus you can drive your self home from the hospital. which is an issues if you have other children. being mobile is really important.



Good luck.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/28/2009

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I didn't read the other responses yet so hopefully this isn't the same info you all ready have.  I have 2 daughters (5 & 15).  With my 1st, I had a C-section because it was going to be a 'frank breach' as they called it.  They were going to try a normal delivery even though her 'bum' would be coming out 1st, but then her one foot dropped.  They were afraid that might come out 1st, & she'd get stuck so they did a C-section. 



I was scared about having a vaginal birth since I knew what to expect with a C-section, but I did have my 2nd daughter by 'vaginal birth'.  The recovery time is far faster with a vaginal delivery.  With the C-section, I was weak & it hurt, etc. for at least a  couple weeks.  With the vaginal birth, I was walking around & cranking my hospital bed into position within an hour after delivery!

Mary - posted on 02/27/2009

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First and foremost, you must do what is right for you.  If the thought of doing one or the other terrifies you, don't. 



That being said, having a vaginal birth can be a wonderfully empowering thing to go through.  For thousands of years women have had babies vaginally, and to come through that, to know that YOU DID IT! That is powerful.  Don't discount your body's ability to do what needs to be done, and to heal itself. 



Yes, I had all three of my boys vaginally, no meds, waterbirths, and I must say, the third time I got it right, got my mind out of the way and tuned into my body, and it was one of the most fantastic, ecstatic, powerful and amazing things I have ever done!



Blessings to you, whatever you decide.

Tamara - posted on 02/27/2009

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First off, the actual rate of rupture for a non induced VBAC is .5%. Yes, you read that right, HALF a percent. Second, I would go over to www.ican-online.org and start reading through their VBAC resources. Thirdly, have you read the Time Magazine article on the dangers of repeat c-sections? If not, it is a very important read. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articl...,9171,1880665-1,00.html

If at all possible, I would go with midwife care as an OB is much less likely to let you VBAC unless you have a textbook perfect labor.

Kerry - posted on 02/27/2009

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hi i had a c -section with my second child as he was breach. the doctor recomended that i should have a c-section again with my third child but i went for a vbac the midwifes knows all the signs to look for and any signs of anything going wrong they know what to do. i had no problems with my v bac and i have had 2 children after my c-section the nautral way

Tina - posted on 02/27/2009

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It really depends on the reason you had your 1st c-section.  My 1st pregancy ended in an emergency c-section i went through an induction as i was 10 days over due, labor lasted 9 hours then baby got destressed in the the end there was no option to do a c-seaction as i was unable to pass my son. He was born weighing a whopping 10lbs 9oz. Im only small framed so he was to big.



With my second pregnancy i was told that i should be able to have a normal birth but was monitored regular and given scans at 30 weeks i was told that my baby was already weighing 6lbs so i knew he was going to be big. I opted for a elective c-section as i did not want to got through all the same problems with labor to have to have an emergency c-section again.



I was booked in to have my baby at 38 weeks and it was great i was taken down to surgery at 8am and was back on the ward by 9am. My baby weight 10lbs 4oz ( at 2 weeks early dread to think what he would have weight at term). I was sore for the first day but the recovery time was so much better this time around i was able to walk around the next day and only had ibruprofen as pain killer. By the time my husband went back to work a week later i was fine to do most things.



It really was the right decision for me as im pretty sure i would have had another emergency c-section as he was also a big baby. Had my son have been smaller i would ahve gone for a natural birth.



 



Im sure you will make the right decicison for you, we can only give our experiences as guidance. I wish you well

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2009

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hey there, i had an elective c-section for my daughter and never regretted that choice. I liked knowing when she was coming, i was calm and prepared and found recovery time was about a week till i felt good enough to do most of the things i did before.



that being said, it was harder to get her latched and ultimity, I didn't stick with breast feeding because of it, which is something you have to consider if you want to do it.



Also, I was heavily medicated so personally, I don't even remember alot of the day after she came, so the bonding process was a bit slowed down.



its your choice in the end, there are pluses and minues to both, so think long and hard about it. That first week after you go with a c-section will be hard with a toddler at home.



congrats though and good luck!

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I ended up with 2 C-sections due to complications (preeclampsia and a breech baby the first time, full placent previa the second). If I had not had the previa the plan was for me to have a VBAC. The length of time it takes you to regain your full range of function after delivery should be much shorter with a VBAC. Even though a C-section is very common, it is still major surgery which cuts through your abdominal wall, and your body needs longer to recover.  If you already have a toddler at home, you may also find that immediately postpartum a C-section can make it very uncomfortable to do everyday things with the older child (leaning over the tub, lifting, holding them in your lap). 



If you end up with a second C, your overall recovery time will likely be shorter than the first one, however. Knowing what to expect the second time around was a big plus for me...I was better educated about the medications being used in the process, and felt MUCH more in control.

Marina - posted on 02/27/2009

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A friend of mine just had a VBAC and it was the most amazing experience she has had. Make sure you are happy with your choice of Ob/Gyn or midwife, as you need to trust they will make sure your delivery is managed well.

Isobel - posted on 02/27/2009

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I had two emergency c-sections and a vbac I would have to agree that the natural birth is the most fantastic experience but it depends on health issues. If there are no concerns for you or the baby go vbac

Candice - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hi, I would recommend that you try and have the VBAC. Doctors and midwives keep a very close eye on you during labor and at the first sign of trouble take you for a c-section.  My first child was born vaginally, secondy by c- section and the third was a VBAC. I decided to try the VBAC because the whole experience of the c-section wasn't good and i felt so detached to my son and it took longer to bond with him.  Good luck with making your decision and the birth of your next child.

User - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hey



may I recomend to you and all other beautiful weman of the US



to see the doco called



"The business of getting born"



it was very true for me, and as I didnt give birth in the US



I have subjective reality on how it can and should be diffrent



hope it will help



Have a great experience giving birth



Keren

Katie - posted on 02/27/2009

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If you have done your research then you will know the risk of uterine rupture is about 4% and there are greater risks than that involved in another c-section.



Enjoy a lovely VBAC. :)



and don't let the hospital pressure you into anything you dont want

Kristi - posted on 02/27/2009

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You don't say what the reason was for having the first c-section. That could weigh into my answer. It's hard to say. My first was an emergency c for various reasons. After weighing my options for repeat c or VBAC for my second (and third), I opted for c-sections because the risk of uterine rupture was too high for me to take the chance, personally - especially since I'd changed doctors and the new one didn't have the previous knowledge of my internal scarring, etc.. One thing I can let you know from my experience is that the recovery from a scheduled c, without laboring beforehand, was much easier than after my first delivery where I labored for 17 hours, then had to have a c-section. It isn't an easy decision. If you are a religious person, pray for guidance. If you are not, weigh your options seriously. After all my research, I asked my doctor what the practice's stats were with uterine rupture were versus what was the 'norm' found in my research. It was a little higher risk, so I chose c-sections. In the words of my husband, having a baby by c-section doesn't make you any less a mother. So, just try to do some soul searching and figure out what would be best for you. No one can make the decision for you - except maybe the baby if s/he decides to come early and there isn't time for a c-section. :-)

Stefanie - posted on 02/27/2009

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As you can see there are many opinions on the subject. You have researched and know the risks of both. On places like these (open forum with a mix of knowledgeable and not so knowledgeable people) you will find varying opinions. I think what matters is what you and your husband feel is best. You have already made a step in the right direction by doing the research. I think that whatever you do make sure that it's really what YOU want to do deep down because it's your pregnancy and you will be the one to live with it afterward (not any of these people on here or your doctors ect.). I'm sure you will make the right decision for you. Good luck.

User - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hey go the Vaginal you wont forget it  but after 3 C - Seations  i have no feeling across the bottom of my stomach and my daughter who is a size 8 has the same problem and now it seems everyone we talk to who has had C-Sections end up with the same problem  NO  feeling in the abdominal walls

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Quoting Malinda:



Quoting Renae:




Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck










There is "danger" involved in a c-section, too.  Don't forget that this is major abdominal surgery.  And many OB's feel that the danger of uterine rupture is actually no less in vbac than in first time birth.






I also disagree that a blanket statement can be made about whether a baby is less stressed during a c-section.  This depends entirely on the circumstances of the birth, c-section or not, and has little to do with the method.  C-section also increases the chance of difficulty latching and milk not coming in properly, so I don't know that I would tout it for the benefits to the child, unless of course there were some reason that a vaginal birth would be unusually dangerous.






As for "down there," you really aren't the same after c-section, either.  Pregnancy, not just birth, changes things.





I had 2 natural, a c-section, and another natural. And I also do not agree that a baby is less stressed having a c-section. They give you huge amounts of medication and if you are breastfeeding baby probably is not going to like this!! Mine sure didn't. And besides if babies were unable to handle the birthing process God wouldn't have made it that way!



 

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Quoting Malinda:



Quoting Renae:




Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck










There is "danger" involved in a c-section, too.  Don't forget that this is major abdominal surgery.  And many OB's feel that the danger of uterine rupture is actually no less in vbac than in first time birth.






I also disagree that a blanket statement can be made about whether a baby is less stressed during a c-section.  This depends entirely on the circumstances of the birth, c-section or not, and has little to do with the method.  C-section also increases the chance of difficulty latching and milk not coming in properly, so I don't know that I would tout it for the benefits to the child, unless of course there were some reason that a vaginal birth would be unusually dangerous.






As for "down there," you really aren't the same after c-section, either.  Pregnancy, not just birth, changes things.





I had 2 natural, a c-section, and another natural. And I also do not agree that a baby is less stressed having a c-section. They give you huge amounts of medication and if you are breastfeeding baby probably is not going to like this!! Mine sure didn't. And besides if babies were unable to handle the birthing process God wouldn't have made it that way!



 

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I cant tell you what you should choose .. Ive had two children. My 1st was done vaginally and it was a wonderful experience i slept alot once i got the epideral and i had my mom and my husband in the room waiting it was wonderful and after delivery i was able tro get up and walk around and care for my child.. With my 2nd its was planned to be a vaginal birth but i had to have an emergency c-section i wasnt able to care for my baby as easily and was in excruciating pain.. for days had a longer stay in the hospital longer and when i got i wasnt able to do anything so i had to ask for  aton of help with my oldest due to the fact my husband had to go back to work.. its been 8 weeks now and i still dont feel 100% and i have no feeling on the scare .. I hope that might help you..

Andrea - posted on 02/26/2009

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I would say if your children are more than 14 mos apart, try the VBAC. Also diet means everything! Your uterine wall needs to be built up again. I'm sure you have read that if the wall is thin you risk bursting it while pushing during a vaginal birth. So lots of protein, raw, fresh veggies and fruit. If you choose c-section, you know that the chances of having more children vaginally becomes less and less not only to mention that multiple c sections limits you to how many c sections you could have thus limits your future pregnancies. Something to think about also is how your scars have and will heal. More scar tissue more complications... I think. Go vaginal, and if anything happens you can have an emergency c section (emergency just means unplanned).

Maureen - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had a c-section with my first son and decided to go with a VBAC for my second and that went so great.  I didn't have the long recovery time that I had with the first and the nurses fed me pancakes an hour after I gave birth.  I don't know about you but I really had to wait  a long time to eat solid food after the surgery.  I then had another VBAC with TWINS and again all went well and I even did the twin delivery without an epideral!!!  (not by choice-they just couldn't get it in in time.)  That was even better because I could walk around right away.   



I understand your turmoil- there is no wrong choice.  Go with your gut and soon you will have a beautiful new baby!!!

Maureen - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had a c-section with my first son and decided to go with a VBAC for my second and that went so great.  I didn't have the long recovery time that I had with the first and the nurses fed me pancakes an hour after I gave birth.  I don't know about you but I really had to wait  a long time to eat solid food after the surgery.  I then had another VBAC with TWINS and again all went well and I even did the twin delivery without an epideral!!!  (not by choice-they just couldn't get it in in time.)  That was even better because I could walk around right away.   



I understand your turmoil- there is no wrong choice.  Go with your gut and soon you will have a beautiful new baby!!!

Danielle - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had to get an emergency c-section and it was horrible. I had planned to have a natural childbirth with no pain meds. I had lasted at home till my water broke, seen that it was green, and headed to the hospital.
The disappointment I felt was unbearable, and for the first month of my little guys life I was so overwhelmed with guilt.
When we decide to have another baby we'll be seeing a mid-wife.

Shelly - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Renae:



Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck






Renae,



  I'm not sure were you are getting your info from,  but speaking very much from experiance I had my second son C-Section and during the procedure they nicked my blatter and did not know it well 11 days later I end up in the hospital for three days in a comma because the infection reached my blood stream.  They didn't know if I was going to live or die.  So don't sit thier and tell this women that a C-section is safer....And as far as the baby feeling less stress is not a true statement either I had my first and third sons natural with no problems!!!  My second son (my C-Section) had to go into the NICU for ten days because the birth was to much for him...And as far as your never the same down there well God did not build our bodys the way he did for some Dr to cut us open to deliver babys and if that is your biggest worry then you need to get your veinetty in check!!! 

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Before you make the decision, think about why the doctor performed the c-section to begin with.  If you were having trouble delivering vaginally, the best bet would be to go in for another scheduled c-section.  If it was because of an unexpected emergency, try the vbac...the doctor can always do a c-section if you or the baby become distressed.

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There are risk with both ways (technically speaking women used to die all the time before c-sections) however, depending on your uterus (your doc hopefully noted what shape it was in after your first), and the time between delivery and your 2nd pregnancy, the risk is very minimal. Of course you should ONLY deliver in a hospital so if there is a situation they can take care of it quickly. I think the risk with a VBAC is only about 1 or 2% of uterine rupture.



However, With a c-section there ae MANY, MANY risks as this is MAJOR surgery. You could get an infection, not heal properly, surgical error (nicking your intestines, baby, etc), and so on, and not to menion recovery. If you do need a c-section or you choose that route, make sure you ask your doctor to tell you what shape your uterus is in. Meaning is it thining. This way if you wish to have a third then you will already have a heads-up.



 



Quoting Renae:



Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck





 

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Charlene,



  I guess your the only one that can make that decition.  But just so you know I had my second son c-section and my third son I had to be induced and had him natural...There is no reason you can't have this baby natural.   Every thing went great even though the nurses started my labour to quickly but my OBGYN stepped in and things went wonderfully.  Just because you had 1 c-section does not mean you have to have another vaginal birth is a wonderful thing!!!   Hope this helps a little

Heather - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have 3, all by c-section (1st & 2nd had to be c-section and the 3rd I wasn't allowed to try VBAC). This is a personel choice tha yo must listen to what your heart is saying, but for me, I REALLY WISH I could have experienced childbirth the old fashion way and I will always miss that this was just not for me. Though the most important thing is a healthy baby and Mommy. Let us know what you decide and good luck with this decision!



Sincerely,



Heaher



Mommy to 3 beautiful girl, ages 5, 16 months, and 1 month

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My fisrt son was also c section and i was given the choice of a 2nd c section with son number two but i chose to go natural. i really dont know why anyone in their right mind would choose to have a c section if VBAC is an option! There is always a risk of corse with both births but im sure if you choose VBAC you will be closley monitered for any signs of a rupture. My sons are only one year apart and my natural deivery went just fine!

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My first child was born by C-section so the birth was quick and painless, but the recovery was long and painful. My second child was VBAC. The pain was pretty much over as soon as she was born and the recovery was much easier. I'd choose a vaginal birth any time if it's an option.

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Quoting Renae:



Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck





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Seriously? Women have been having babies for thousands of years and it's just now been determined that cutting a woman open to deliver a baby is the best thing to do? Also, muscles stretch and contract and I'm just the same "down there" after I had my daughter AND I had an episiotomy, too. I had a natural birth, the only thing they gave me was pitocin because the contractions had stopped over night and we needed to get things going again. 



More things can and do go wrong when doctors step in to "help" with a birth. Women have been doing this for so long that our bodies have figured out the best way to do it. When emergencies arise it is WONDERFUL to have a doctor/specialist there to step in. But...if you don't need medical intervention...why get it?



 



Charlene, I would suggest you attempt a VBAC. If you can't deliver vaginally for whatever reason, the option of a C-section is always there. But, man, what a wonderful experience to feel that baby come out and feel them place her on your belly. I cried when my daughter was born and when I touched her, before they even cut the cord, it was an instant bond. It's a great feeling, it really is. Try for the VBAC, but don't feel bad if you can't have one. Congrats and goodluck!

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i had 2 normal then i needed 2 c sections with my 4 children ,if it was me i would try for the vbac ,you will be in the saftest place and if their is complcations your at the hospital already so they wont be any delay in help for you should anything happen , good luck x x

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Quoting Renae:



Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck






There is "danger" involved in a c-section, too.  Don't forget that this is major abdominal surgery.  And many OB's feel that the danger of uterine rupture is actually no less in vbac than in first time birth.



I also disagree that a blanket statement can be made about whether a baby is less stressed during a c-section.  This depends entirely on the circumstances of the birth, c-section or not, and has little to do with the method.  C-section also increases the chance of difficulty latching and milk not coming in properly, so I don't know that I would tout it for the benefits to the child, unless of course there were some reason that a vaginal birth would be unusually dangerous.



As for "down there," you really aren't the same after c-section, either.  Pregnancy, not just birth, changes things.

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I would say go vbac. I think you would never know unless you tried and if you are planning on having your baby in the hospital, they can always do a c-section if there is complications. The other thing I would like to say, is STOP reading information. I think this gets eveyone confused. I remember being so confused after I had my son because there were so many different books that all had different information. Go with your heart and what you want to do. Yes, the risks are there, but they are slim. They wouldn't have allowed women to do Vbac's again if the risks were still too high. Good luck with whatever you decided to do.

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I had a C-section and Vaginal. If I had to choose all over again I would choose a vaginal. Once the baby is pushed out that's it no more pain or pain medication. I got up walked to the bathroom and cleaned myself up right after I had the baby. Plus my husband took pictures of the vaginal delivery. I hid those pictures and it has been years so I took them out. Good luck

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at the end of the day only you can decide what is right for you, but i have to say that if there is no particular reason why you can't have a vaginal birth ie placenta previa, then my advise is to go natural with a little assistance if you need it, because you do have another child and enevitably will need to do things with that child and you don't want to be stuck reliyng on people who say they'll come help and then don't.

you need to think about recovery time!! on top of everything else, hope this helps

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I know exactly how you are feeling, i had an emergency C - section on my first and it wasn't a pleasant experience. on my 2nd i had the same choice to make and it wasn't easy but i opted for a planned section, for me the fear of having another bad time and emergency section wasn't something i wanted to go through again as i feared it would affect the bonding process with the baby. luckily it was the right choice to make, it was calm and everything went according to how i hoped and the epidural meant i was able to see the baby the second he was born. I went on to have a 3rd section and there has been no regrets since. only you can make this decision but i hope i have been of some help. Good luck xx

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Hi. I myself would recommend doing a c-section. There is danger involved in going natural after 1st having a c-section. Another thing alot of people may fail to tell you is that you will not be the same down there after natural delivery. Some people have a little change, some people have a big change. Also, its less stressful for the baby in cesarian. I had a c-section and it was done so artfully that even doctor's don't see it on first inspection.  Just some food for thought. Good luck

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I don't know how your recovery was with your c-section, but mine was terrible (despite a very well done surgery that has left me with *no* visable scar). I can't imagine going through it again with a small child/toddler to chase around. I plan to chose a vback unless there is a very good reason why I can't/shouldn't this time.

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I have two kids & had natural birth with both, but I would leave the decision to the reason why you had a c-section in the first place. While doing the natural birth is a lifetime experience, you have to consider your health & the baby's. If all is going well for both of you, try for the natural, but don't hesitate to go for a c-section for the second if complications start.

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Hey I dont know you, but I saw your question on here.  I had a c-section with my first also... and went with the vbac for my second and third!  I would highly recomend a vbac!   It is such a wonderfull experience that you will not regret!

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