I have a question for JanetF, or Felicity, or any of our other lovely birthing experts.
I am not sure if this post should be in VBAC or the natural birthing section or the c/s section, but anyways....
I have a close friend who had her 1st baby last week. She was all set for a natural active birth and we had talked at length about having a positive birthing experience in a hospital (as I had had). She was on a midwife-based program and had developed a detailed birthplan with her DH and MWs and was very determined and excited about her birth.
She was young and fit and slim, but had gestational diabetes in the final month of her pregnancy which she managed well, exercising and eating well, and putting on only ~ 12 kg. She also did OFP which i gave her links to!!! To cut a long story short, she went in to labour naturally 1 day before her EDD, and stayed at home as long as she could, being active and relaxing. She was 5cm when she got to hospital, and upon measuring the baby's heart-rate, the MW found it was dropping during contractions but picking up in between. So she wasn't too worried and my friend remained active for a while. A bit later though the heart rate was staying low in btw contractions, so they wanted to constantly monitor the HR making my friend confined to the bed. Shortly after this, the MW was getting worried about the heart rate as well as the position of his head. SHe was 8-9 cm by this stage. The MW felt it appropriate to call an OB who decided, due to the baby's position and heart rate, they should go to theatre.
The c/s went well, and DS was fine (after 2 days in Special Care) and my friend has recovered well. They are happily b'feeding too !! However, she is rather disappointed about not having the birth she had planned and is still traumatised by the experience of them trying to get the spinal block in while she was in transition (she had had no pain relief whatsoever til then, at her request).
She just wonders if she could have done something differently, but she really feels she did everything she could. Was this c/s inevitable? What causes this to happen? Was it anything to do with the diabetes? What would have happened to her in a home birth situation or centuries ago!!!????
Not surprisingly, she wants to go VBAC next time, so i was wondering if you could post your fave 2-3 VBAC sites, so i can send them to her? Also, do you have names/contacts for any support groups in Brisbane for women who have had traumatic birthing experiences???
Thanks in advance.