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    Ok so I am due in June with my second bub and was hoping for a vbac. Unfortunately we live rurally and the hospital does multi care where you see every doctor and don't have one specified doctor so when you go into labour you have met all doctors.
    Having just had my third appointment I am now beginning to wonder if I'll have any luck. Two of the three doctors have so far mentioned as I am only 151cm tall that my chances are very slim so they are leaning to a c section.
    I had a very bad birth with induction due to muconieum in the waters then transferred hospitals in the middle of labour and 30 odd hours later ended up pushed into c section due to failure to progress. Having made it to 7cm.
    During the operation I struggled to stay awake and don't remember a lot of what happened. After they couldn't control my oxygen stats and ended up having MRI's heart testing among others that I don't recall. I struggled bonding with my daughter and ended up very close to getting pnd.
    How can I go about pushing for a vbac?
    Is there any way I can refuse a c section?
    What can I do to prepare myself as I am scared of a repeat of what happened with dd?
    Is there any books I can read or websites that can help?

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    They can not make you have a csection based on your height alone!!

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    I wonder how all those pygmy women give birth to their 8lb babies

    How can I go about pushing for a vbac Simply tell your doctors you will be having a vbac. There is no reason why any of what happened with your previous birth (IMO) will impact on your ability to birth vaginally this time. Failure to progress (aka failure to wait) is not a reason for pushing for a repeat cesarean.

    Is there any way I can refuse a c section Yes, you can say- I do not consent to a cesarean.

    What can I do to prepare myself as I am scared of a repeat of what happened with dd? Research research research the things you are worried about, hire a doula they improve your vbac success rate by a lot. Ask your care provider questions using the BRAIN anagram, what are the Benefits, Risks and Alternatives, follow your Instincts and ask what could happen if you do Nothing.

    Is there any books I can read or websites that can help? Someone else might be able to direct you to another website or book, I just use google.

    I hope that helps somewhat, boobycino is very good with these threads I'm sure she will reply

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    I have had 2 ceaserians due to failure to progress after 2cms.. this time i achieved a natural birth and flatly refused to consent to a ceaserian.

    just stick to your guns. good luck.

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    I have had a VBAC and the important thing is to find a health care professional who agrees with your decision and will back you up, if need be

    Can you afford a doula?

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    Minchi do you have a your birth stories written up anywhere? I'd love to read them

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    Hugs its your baby and your birth so never feel bullied.

    As far as the comment re your height There have been studies done on CPD (cephalo-pelvis disproportion which is a reason often given to women for failure to progress and for a cesarean ) and of 4000 women who's babies were delivered by csection due to this "diagnosis" less than 40 actually had that issue when it was later investigated. I will try to find you a link to that study so you can show it to the next doctor who mentions it.

    You need to write a birth plan. A birth plan is a legal document and hospitals need to consider it as you wishes, of course your baby and your lives take priority over the document but it demonstrates clearly what you want providing what you ask for is not going to risk your lives. Having a birth partner who can speak on your behalf if you are unable is also important.

    VBAC deliveries are now common place across the country so your not asking for anything new or ground breaking your just asking for the same support as any other woman who has had a previous csection. If you cant get the support you need from the hospital then a private middy or doula is a great option.

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    Is there a hospital closeby that supports VBACs? John Hunter supports VBACs and has a specialist group of midwives (Yemaya), group sessions etc and extra info for your first VBAC. They do need to monitor you a little more closely, ie. go in a little sooner than others, regular checks, slow down contractions if necessary so as not to tear uterus and a line goes in as soon as they establish that you are in labour (so keep well hydrated whilst labouring at home!) At almost any stage during the labour you can still op for a cs, they will slow/stop your labour, calm the situation if it's not an emergency and then take you through. Alternatively, if you go over dates and need to be induced they will use a balloon to open your cervix to try and get things going, then break waters (as they can't induce with the syntocinin).

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    Where abouts are you?

    I live rural NSW and just had a VBAC in December, my birth story is on here somewhere. I had only 3 internals and one was because I asked, and minimal monitoring. But labour was only 4 hours from waters breaking and I was transferred to another hospital.

    I agree with PP's who've mentioned finding a supportive caregiver and doing your research.
    Some OB's may try to scare you into a c-section or put guilt on you.

    I'm fortunate to have had a pro-VBAC OB who gave me some great tips.
    Keep healthy throughout the pregnancy through diet and light exercise, stay at home for as long as possible throughout labour provided your waters haven't broken.
    You usually feel more comfortable at home and more likely to progress there than in hospital where you are under pressure being "on the clock".
    Unless there is a real reason you can also refuse constant monitoring and being strapped to the bed, they can use wireless monitors or a doppler.

    And most importantly they cannot make you have a c-section if you don't consent.

    Good luck

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    Your height shouldn't be a barrier to VBAC. I'm only 152cm, and quite overweight and had a VBAC in a district hospital in NSW nearly 2 years ago.
    Do lots of research. Let them know that you know exactly why VBAC is better and that uterine rupture isn't much more of a risk than if you had never ever had a baby before.
    Think about doing some hypnobirthing or calm birthing lessons either on line or face to face or even just download CDs or apps to your phone.
    You can do it believe in yourself.


 

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