I have 4 kiddies, my first 2 were drug free vaginal births. I then had a c-section due to bub being oblique breech, bub #4 was vbac once again drug free.
My first 2 were quick births 4hrs & 2hrs but bub #4 was 24hrs of stop start labour.
I do have a very high pain threshold but i also think it has alot to do with the way you approch labour.
I was never scared of it, totally open to anything with my first but i was also VERY addiment i was not going to hospital until i couldnt handle the pain anymore. I ended up going to hospital cause my waters broke. Bub was born 50mins after we arrived.
Dont let anyone scare you with their stories or the risks, stay totally positive, believe in yourself and your ability to birth your baby.
I had a client not long ago in labour and she had really reached her limit with the pain, she had been awake labouring for hours etc etc she was having a vba2c. Anyway she got to the point where she was demanding a c-section, once the contraction had gone i listed her options. At that point she decided an epidural would be perfect, that way it would give her some rest, let her gather herself again and if once the pain had eased and she still wanted the c-section then she could have it.
She went on to deliver her beautiful baby boy vaginally after 12hrs of labour.
So i guess what i am trying to say out of that story is an epidural wont necessarily mean a RCS would be easier, but simply takes the pressure off some of the feelings you maybe going through to enable you to gather yourself again and push on through the rest of your labour.
Remember its your body and your birth, no one can make you do anything you dont want to. Dont let anyone pressure you into something you dont want. You ALWAYS have the option to say NO. Just because the medical staff would like you to do something does not mean you have to.
SORRY for my rant!!! I hope my little story helps
Oh and even through my last labour was 24hrs with no drugs etc, it was by far soooo much better than a c-section!!!! I wil NEVER have a c-section unless my baby or i were dying.
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06-03-2013 13:57 #12
Thanks again ladies
I had my hospital booking appointment this morning and, encouragingly, the midwife did not so much as raise an eyebrow when I said I was planning a VBAC. I asked what would be different to a typical V-birth and she said their hospital policy is they don't like epidurals for VBAC and that they will act very fast if it looks like things are going badly (eg. fetal distress). Other than that she said I would be treated pretty much the same as any 1st time birthing mum in terms of being able to go to term, no time limits/happy if it's all going slowly and didn't mention continuous monitoring either (I forgot to ask! d'oh!). She also said I'm undoubtedly an ideal candidate and their success rates were good.
So I'm feeling quite positive about it all after that as I don't think I'll be hitting major brick walls at the hospital. I'm not stressed about the no-epidural (probably prefer it) but definitely need to get to work now on preparing myself for how I do want to manage the pain!
06-03-2013 14:10 #13
I have had 3 vbacs and all were natural labours with no drugs/pain relief.
With my very first vbac, it was my first time labouring, so I took some 'Stress balls' in with me and everytime I got an overwhelming contraction I would squeeze the you-know-whats out of the balls. I also laboured in a bath with lovely, warm water. When I wasn't in the bath I didn't stay still, I kept very active by stomping my feet etc.
The last two labours I didn't stop moving, I was very active. The second vbac I walked around and stomped my feet and my last vbac I stood the entire time and moved my legs around like I was cycling a bike. It worked a treat. All that said, I do have a rather high pain threshold and I had been doing ante natal Yoga and aqua natal classes in pregnancy, so went into the labours in physically well etc.
06-03-2013 14:12 #14
ETA: Something that was recommended to me and which I found invaluable in preparing for my first Vbac, was Ju Ju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch's book called 'Birth Skills'. I highly recommend it as it was invaluable for me in giving me tools to enable me to tackle 3 vaginal births without any pain relief etc.
(It's where I got the stress ball tip from).
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