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    Hi,
    I live in Cairns and currently in the public system and want to go a VBAC but finding the doctors very unsupportive and very little information about success or failure rates up here. Can anyone offer advice? Anyone had a successful VBAC at the Cairns Base? Any advice?
    Thanks Merridee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merridee83 View Post
    Hi,
    I live in Cairns and currently in the public system and want to go a VBAC but finding the doctors very unsupportive and very little information about success or failure rates up here. Can anyone offer advice? Anyone had a successful VBAC at the Cairns Base? Any advice?
    Thanks Merridee
    Hi Merridee, have you found the MyBirth website? It has statistics on different hospitals around Australia.

    Also if you can find a doula in Cairns, they often know the lie of the land when it comes to VBAC.

    Another idea is to hire an independent midwife who specialises in VBAC. Independent midwives have a more than 90% VBAC success rate.

    The Birthrites - healing after caesarean site is another good resource.

    This article may be helpful if you want to negotiate for no continuous monitoring:
    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-0...-sections.html

    All the best. You deserve support for VBAC.
    Last edited by fai firinne; 21-02-2012 at 12:45.

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    Hi again Merridee.

    There's a doula called Lynda Hay in your area:

    Lynda Hay
    TULLY/INNISFAIL/CAIRNS
    Doula & ABA Breastfeeding Counsellor
    4068 0036
    haylynda@hotmail.com
    Travels to Ingham, Tablelands, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Tully, Cairns.
    www.chrysalisbirth.com

    I'm sure she would be able to give you a good steer.

    There's also some independent midwives not far away:

    Honey Acharya
    TOWNSVILLE
    0422 913 540
    honey@birthbuddies.com.au
    Willing to negotiate travel for those more than 1 hour away.

    Judy Chapman
    MAREEBA
    4093 2748
    Will travel up to 1 1/2 hr.

    Dagmar Hirsch
    CAIRNS
    4055 2752
    dagmarcairns@vr-web.de
    Will travel 30 minutes around Cairns
    www.3yoga.info

    Di
    Longworth
    MACKAY birth@mackay
    07 4969 6871 or 0412 974 294
    birthatmackay@bigpond.com


    Even if you don't plan to hire them, they may be worth chatting over the phone to. They may know of VBAC support groups in your area.

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    Default VBAC Cairns

    Hi, I tried for a VBAC after 1 c section at the Cairns Private in 2007. They were quite supportive and let me labour for about 12 hours, (not hooked up to monitors etc). Although it did end up in another c section. Looking back I would have hired a Doula, as the midwives were good, but not exactly what I needed.
    I had my 4th child at the Cairns Base (planned c section) and they were fantastic too and I think I should have tried for my VBAC there.
    Anyway all the best!

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    Thanks for the advice, I have hired a Doula and have my next hospital appointment on the 15th to discuss with the hospital so fingers crossed!

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    I also live in Cairns and am 17 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. My first was an emergency C-section. I had my midwifes appointment last week and she was encouraging me to go for a VBAC as my it has been 3 years between pregnancies. I will talk to the doctor when I have my hospital visit in 2 weeks but found the midwife to be supportive of a VBAC. I haven't made up my mind about VBAC or C-section yet but I've still got lost of time to decide. My concern is that I will have to be closely monitored and won't be able to move around while in labour. On the other hand I don't want to be in too much pain to run after my new born and my 3 year old.

    I hope everything goes well with yours.

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    Hi Meridee,

    How did your app't go with the midwives at the public hospital? I am in a similar situation (just moved to town) and have 'til June/July to figure out where to deliver ... have been chanelled (!) into the care of a private OB and have private insurance, but am happy to deliver in public hospital anyway if they're more supportive or will give a longer time allowance for natural births. I am desperate to have a VBAC for 2nd bub as recovery from c-section 5 years ago was ghastly ....

    Good luck!

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    Hi meridee, anninkc and mumofRJ,


    just wondering how the Cairns VBAC went? I am due in nov with possibility of VBAC... A bit nervous considering how poorly my first labour went (with emergency Caesar at the end) though the thought of not having to be rather helpless for the few weeks after with toddler and newborn is very enticing.


    just wondering if any of you managed to have the VBAC, was the hospital supportive? (I've found the midwives are and the doctors less so).


    Cheers
    kea

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    HI K,

    I had my baby 2 months ago and ended up with another c-section - major bummer. I had a private OB but delivered at Cairns Base. The midwives when I checked in were extremely good - they tried their hardest to keep me away from drugs/interventions/epidurals etc. After many hours I was desperate for the epidural and got it (though they were still trying to coax me along without it). Regrettably I got stuck at 6cm for about 8 hours or so and of course was being monitored (though I could definitely move around and they had plenty of ideas to keep me upright/somewhat mobile). There were a few weird things going on with bub's heartbeat after every contraction (???), so they called the doc and they all decided I would get another c-section within about 2 hours or so. I was incredibly disappointed, however I don't think there was anything else the midwives could have done to help me out. The recovery was hard in the public hospital as you can't have anyone sleeping over to help you with caring for your brand new baby, and they don't have a night nursery, either. Very hard indeed just trying to get in and out of that bed to breastfeed etc. I did recover in general more quickly from the 2nd c-section, though, and managed to ship out my older child to family for a couple of weeks when I checked out of the hospital, which made it much easier to cope at home with a new baby.

    Best of luck to you The second baby is so much easier than the first, as you're much more relaxed!

    anninkc


 

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