I had a csection as my first birth. Second was a vbac and I had to go to the hospital straight away. I'm currently pregnant with my third. My question is, after I have had a successful vbac, am I required to still go to the hospital straight away when I go into labour?
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14-09-2015 18:59 #1
14-09-2015 19:28 #2
14-09-2015 19:41 #3
Yeah only go in when you need to. I'm in the same situation as you. First birth c section, second was a vbac and now 29 weeks pregnant with number 3. I won't be going in until labour is established, but can be seen by my birth centre midwife at home before that for assessment. And last time my midwife was ok for me to remain at home once my waters had broken as long as they were the right colour. So I did.
They often like VBACs to go in a little sooner because of monitoring you more closely, but I'll be holding off as long as I can.
14-09-2015 19:56 #4
I would talk to your health professional. personally for me next time I must go in at the earliest sign of labour as I dilate very quickly ( literally just made it to hospital with my 2nd). If I wait until contractions are close together I'll be having an accidental home birth
14-09-2015 20:00 #5Senior Member
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I was supposed to go in early with both vbac's. I'm not great at judging that though.
14-09-2015 20:53 #6Senior Member
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Why do they ask you to go to hospital if your waters break? I had a c-section for my first birth (velamentous cord insertion) but my waters broke the day before the c-section was scheduled... The hospital asked me to come in straight away but I assumed that was because of my cord issue? I'll be attempting a VBAC in February next year. If my waters break again before contractions start (like last time) will I need to go to hospital straight away again?
14-09-2015 21:34 #7
1. We perform a speculum examination to rule out a cord presentation or cord prolapse. This is where the cord either sits in front of baby's head or prolapsed into the vagina. Cord presentation would mean a vaginal delivery is not recommended and a caesarean would be safest option. A cord prolapse is an obstetric emergency necessitating delivery ASAP.
2. To check the colour of the waters. If there is meconium in the water, they will likely want to induce your labour or offer a repeat c/s in your case if labour hasn't started.
3. To check that what you're actually feeling is amniotic fluid and not vaginal discharge. Not everyone has a big pop and gush, so any suspicion of ruptured waters needs confirmation.
4. Once your waters break, the sterile environment your baby is in becomes compromised. The risk of infection clearly skyrockets once the sac is compromised. If nothing is wrong when you present, then they'll be happy for you to go home and await labour to crack on, while monitoring your pulse and temperature for signs of infection.
Hope this helps.
14-09-2015 22:31 #8
First labour this took 12 hours before we headed in as labour established but in that time my midwife rang a few times to check movements and that my waters were still clear. Second went a lot quicker and we headed in after only 3 hours.
These are not VBAC experiences tho, but it seems like your saying across the board you get anyone with ruptured membranes to present straight away @M'LadyEm
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