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    Default VBAC experiences - tell me everything!!! please:)

    I have decided i would like to try for a VBAC for baby #2.
    My first pregnancy was problem free. DD was breech at my 40 week checkup and so i was booked in for a planned cs the following morning. no labour, no inductions or anything.
    She was 7lb 6oz beautiful and healthy.
    My Ob has said i can try for a VBAC birth or book a planned cs this time.
    I really want to labour naturally this time esp if bub's is in position!
    Although i read they wont let you go over 40 weeks....

    I dont know alot about VBAC's so i am asking if anyone would care to share their experiences? Good AND bad please. I want to know everything! I am currently 19 weeks so have a fair while to make a decision concrete and find out all i can.

    Thankyou.

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    I had a VBAC in May 2010 (16 months after my emergency cesarean for DS).

    I hired a doula for my VBAC and it was the best thing I ever did. She was such a wonderful support through my pregnancy and labor. I also learnt hypnobirthing. I refused all intervention from the hospital (continual monitoring, internals, drugs etc). I did my own research on all of these things and was comfortable with my decision.

    I had an amazing VBAC (even in hospital). The hospital were sneaky and manipulative throughout my whole pregnancy and labor but thankfully I had a supportive husband and doula by my side every step of the way. I birthed my daughter 9lb8.5oz into my arms on the shower floor. It was amazing and very healing for me after my emergency cesarean with DS. I did it drug and intervention free and am so glad it all went so well.

    Good luck with your VBAC. I am not sure where you are located but if its anywhere near Brissy I can give you the details of my awesome doula

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theophania View Post
    I had a VBAC in May 2010 (16 months after my emergency cesarean for DS).

    I hired a doula for my VBAC and it was the best thing I ever did. She was such a wonderful support through my pregnancy and labor. I also learnt hypnobirthing. I refused all intervention from the hospital (continual monitoring, internals, drugs etc). I did my own research on all of these things and was comfortable with my decision.

    I had an amazing VBAC (even in hospital). The hospital were sneaky and manipulative throughout my whole pregnancy and labor but thankfully I had a supportive husband and doula by my side every step of the way. I birthed my daughter 9lb8.5oz into my arms on the shower floor. It was amazing and very healing for me after my emergency cesarean with DS. I did it drug and intervention free and am so glad it all went so well.

    Good luck with your VBAC. I am not sure where you are located but if its anywhere near Brissy I can give you the details of my awesome doula
    Thankyou for sharing. I am in vic and i am in a program where i have my own midwife with me at all appts and she will be at the birth and do home visits - A different decision i made from first pregnancy and so far am loving my own midwife!! Hoping i get the wondrful support you had at the birth

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    I had a VBAC with Gabriel....

    Gabriel's VBAC: BubHub birth story

    ETA: I had a midwife program like yours. Jo was my midwife the whole way through my pregnancy and was absolutely instrumental in my confidence.

    She suggested reading 'gentle birth gentle mothering' by Sarah Buckley... and I HIGHLY recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunkamunka View Post
    Thankyou for sharing. I am in vic and i am in a program where i have my own midwife with me at all appts and she will be at the birth and do home visits - A different decision i made from first pregnancy and so far am loving my own midwife!! Hoping i get the wondrful support you had at the birth
    My sister attempted her VBAC in Sunshine hospital in Melbourne, and I supported her. However it was the most horrific experience ever. I actually saw her get slapped by a midwife and told to be quiet... I am glad you have great support from a midwife through your pregnancy and labor. I think it is really important to be comfortable with those who are going to be in your labor. Thanks to my doula though I was easily able to ignore the rude midwife I had in labor who tried to give me internals without my consent...

    If I had my time over I would have had my first at home and kept it that way lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OJandMe View Post
    I had a VBAC with Gabriel....

    Gabriel's VBAC: BubHub birth story

    ETA: I had a midwife program like yours. Jo was my midwife the whole way through my pregnancy and was absolutely instrumental in my confidence.

    She suggested reading 'gentle birth gentle mothering' by Sarah Buckley... and I HIGHLY recommend it.
    Thankyou so much, i read your birth story. I found it very inspirational. Especially the part where you mentioned the pain from the stitches was worse than the birth.....how you wanted to feel everything while birthing your son....The fact that he tore you, didnt seem to be a major concern for you...

    I have only been told in (quite detail) about a traumatic vaginal birth from a friend and reading this has given me such a different persepctive. It must have been beautiful for you. I wish i could go without drugs thruout the birth process but i just dont think im that strong I would love that sense of accomplishment after a successful beautiful VBAC.
    Thanks again for your story, i will get onto that book also.
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    Subbing while twiddling my thumbs waiting for my VBAC - hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

    My hospital have been really laid back about the whole process - acted like me requesting it was a normal thing. I've been told that I will be monitored almost continually monitored but if things are going well they will let me off occassionaly. I get an extra 10 days on top of due date before they will make me have a caesar which has relaxed me and they will also be happy with induction in the form of a stretch and sweep and rupture of membranes. If needed they may also give a tiny bit of syntocin but I'm not sure how I feel about that.

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    Hi! I had a failed VBAC four weeks ago. My first c section was for breech and this pregnancy was trouble free baby was engaged and good to go.

    I unfortunately went into what's called Spirous (not sure about the spelling) labour at 38+5. Basically I was having contractions and going in and out of labour but the contractions were not dilating my cervix at all. After 4 days of this I developed a persistent ache across my abdomen which was constant and getting worse.

    My OB was worried about my scar as there was only 17 months between my deliveries and recommended a c section there and then! My daughter was delivered 45 mins later. Apparently my scar was paper thin and had started to come apart! My OB said if we had have gone into established labour things would have ended badly!

    Don't mean to scare you out of it as I know many many women have successful VBAC's but some don't! I was very disappointed not to be able to have one but am glad we went with the decision we did!

    Good luck to you with whatever you decide! Do your research and make an informed decision is my best advice

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    This is my vbac story

    http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...d.php?t=450487

    I also did a lot of preparation for my vbac. As in I started planning, preparing, educating myself, surrounding myself with support, asking questions, learning what questions to ask, really for 3 years between jaspers csection and katelyns vbac.


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    Ohhhh I'm totally in the same boat as you. I had a very easy 1st pregnancy until I found out baby was in breech position. Ended up with a planned csection at 39 weeks and i was heart broken. I'm now due with my second in two weeks and so far i'm planning for a vbac. The only things I've been told so far is: i cannot be induced, there will be constant monitoring during active labour which means limited moving around and that I need to be at the hospital once contractions are 10 mins apart. Also they'd like to book a csection for my due date incase I haven't had him yet. (18th aug)
    I've already decided that Im not booking a csection for my due date as I would prefer to wait at least another 5-7 days for natural labour and also that I dont want constant monitoring. Those bloody straps become so annoying and itchy after 10 mins, to wear them any longer at one time will drive me mad. Oh and they also said if things don't progress enough I'll be taken in for another csection anyways. I'd like to know how much time they actually allow for labour to progress..

    Anyways, I'm currently trying all the little things suggested to help bring labour on naturally, eg walking, sex and nipple stimulation. I've also asked for a stretch and sweep which they will hopefully try this Tuesday depending if I've dilated at all or not. I know the doctors only have mine and bubby's health as best interest but I also wonder if sometimes they just do what's easiest and safest for them.

    That's my story so far.. Hopefully soon (fingers crossed for the next few days) I'll have more of a successful vbac story!


 

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