I'd love to hear some (non-horror) experiences with VBAC, particularly what people have done to help them prepare and what they would have done differently in hindsight. My son was born by emergency c-section 5 years ago, my waters broke and nothing happened so I was induced and he went into distress. Fast forward 3.5 years and I had been planning on an elective c-section to deliver my daughter, however she passed away at 38 + 2 and after some encouragement (/persuasion) from medical staff I attempted and was 'successful' having a VBAC following induction.
2 years on and I have another little one on the way. The midwives and OB are happy for me to deliver bub however I want, and to be honest it can change from one minute to the next, however I am thinking of attempting another VBAC as I want to get the heck out of hospital asap.
I won't be allowed to go over 38 weeks but I've been told they will only consider stretch and sweeps and the Foley catheter for induction, even though last time I had gel, waters broken and a syntocin drip which was upped a few times. As I will be induced and I have never naturally gone into labour, I am keen to try anything that may increase my chances of success. I have started raspberry leaf tea and eating dates daily (EW!), and I'm trying to keep up my exercise. Poor DP has been put on notice that I will be after his sperm in a few weeks
I'd love to hear what did and didn't work for others regarding preparation for a VBAC as well as any experiences or advice for the labour/birth itself.