VBAC experiences – The good, bad and the ugly

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

gardunobee23 :  I had a VBAC in January. My first was a planned c section (footling breech). I desperately wanted the VBAC. However, I had group b strep so I had to go to the hospital as soon as my water broke (midwife said I should stay home as long as possible but that didnt work out). Since I was in the hospital, but labour hadn’t really started, my midwife wanted me to start pitocin.  I refused for a while but after 6 hours I gave in. I ended up having an epidural after 13 hours of awful labour. I ended up pushing for 2 hours after 27 hours of labour and then he was born. So the way mine went down wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. Kind of wished I had had another c section. I’ve had a lot more pelvic floor issues this time and that gave me some regret. On the other hand my milk came in faster , I had no supply issues and no PPD this time.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

gardunobee23 :  thank you ! I definitely think there is something to be said for the hormonal difference….however since you were induced I would liken that to how mine went down, so maybe not? I figured since my c section was planned there was a big hormonal difference between that and my water breaking

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Following because I would like to have a VBAC as well! (Not pregnant yet, but would like a second). I thought that you weren’t allowed to be induced with a VBAC? My c-section was not traumatizing and was an easy recovery but I’d still like to try a VBAC next time. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

hollyberry4 :  I took a class on a VBAC during my second pregnancy (I ended up having a repeat C-section) and the nurse who led it told us that inducement for someone that has had a previous c-section frequently leads to complications that will require a second c-section, so my OB will not induce for a VBAC. If you go into labor before 41 weeks, great, give it a shot, but they won’t induce and after 41 weeks they will ask you to schedule a c-section.

 

Also, the nurse said they consider it safer to have a repeat c-section than a vaginal labor with pain meds. Going med free is most ideal, but not something everyone can commit to prior to the actual experience.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Tatum :  Thank you for the information! Super helpful. Can I ask why you went with a repeat c-section? I’m definitely not opposed to a repeat c-section (my mom had 3), but I’m not sure how many kids I want and I know they get riskier each time. I feel like I’ll be conflicted about it until it’s actually time to make a decision.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Following. I’m hoping to have a VBAC with #2 (not pregnant yet). 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m currently pregnant with my second.  I would classify my first delivery as traumatic – a week of on/off back labour while baby tried to turn (she was facing the wrong way), 8lbs lost in my last week of pregnancy as a result of said labour, induction that took a full day to kick in, broken waters, an iffy epidural that faded out of one side really quickly, and then finally 10 cm, pushing till I physically couldn’t push any longer and hearing that baby was in distress, having baby pushed back into me, and a c-section where I was full on panicked and thought I could feel everything.  I definitely don’t want a repeat of that experience.

I just met with my delivering OB, and we scheduled an elective section for 40 weeks.  If I go into labour before 40 weeks then we’ll give VBAC a go, but I have the elective section as a known end date otherwise.  Even if I do go to labour naturally, the plan is to have a very low tolerance for deciding to go with a section – so that unless everything is going smoothly (and I’ll have to trust my doctor to tell me what smoothly looks like) I won’t be having this baby naturally.  That said, she said after reading my chart from my first delivery (I had a different OB then), she thinks I have about an 80% chance of being able to deliver vaginally.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

hollyberry4 :  yeah that is what I thought too ! But nope.They just monitor you carefully. And I definitely feel that I was pressured into the pitocin. If I had been allowed to labour on my own for longer I think i would have a different opinion. It didnt turn out at all the way I thought! However, baby arrived safe so i am grateful for that. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I was a VBAC baby! Back in the early 1980s, my mom had a rough time finding a provider who would do it. She had to choose a hospital about 45 minutes away from where she lived (closer options refused to perform it). But it was worth the drive; she tells me she was glad to have a natural birth experience, and there were no complications.

Also, I was a week late. They did not induce her.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I haven’t had a VBAC as I’ve only had one baby and she was born vaginally. I just wanted to put a plug in for a Doula. My Doula was AMAZING. I had a 33 hour, unmedicated labor and I have no doubt things would have turned out very differently if it wasn’t for my Doula. I felt like the midwife had already given up on me when I first came in and was only at 4.5 cm after almost 24 hours of labor. Interview multiple Doulas and find one you trust whose had VBAC experience. Goodluck bee, I hope you get a better birth experience this time around.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

hollyberry4 :  I never went into labor with either of my kids. I actually posted my daughter’s birth story here back in 2011, but the short version is, at my 39 week appt, my fundal measurement (which had always been a bit behind since around 28 weeks) had dropped to 6+ weeks behind, and a growth ultrasound showed a baby around 35 weeks gestation. The OB on call decided to induce, but less than an hour after getting the cervidil (the thing that is supposed to soften the cervix), my daughter went into distress with a dropping heart rate, my blood pressure was rising, and the OB called off the whole thing and took me to the OR for a c-section.

 

So, since I had not been in labor at all, my OB told me in 2015 with my second pregnancy that I was a good candidate for a VBAC. I wasn’t someone who had a rock solid birth plan in 2011 (my goal was to leave the hospital with a healthy baby, and I didn’t care how I got there), but as time went on, I did kind of feel cheated. I wanted to know what it felt like to have your water break, what contractions felt like, that excitement you get timing things and realizing you’re in labor. So, I tentatively planned on trying a VBAC. My OB said I could go up to 41 weeks, and then I needed to schedule a C-section.

 

I made it 40 weeks, and at my 40 week appt, I had no movement towards labor at all. I was stressing about potentially going into labor during the evening or weekend and having no one to watch our daughter. If I went into labor in the middle of the night, for example, I’d probably have to drive myself to the hospital while my husband stayed with our daughter. We don’t have any local family and no friends close enough that I’d call them in the middle of the night and ask them to babysit. So, I just cried uncle, and at my 40 week appt, scheduled my c-section for a few days out to give my mom some notice so she could come stay. I was a little disappointed as I prepared for surgery, but they even checked me right as they wheeled me into the OR and my cervix was locked up tight- even after 40 weeks, there were no signs of imminent labor.

 

I am disappointed; I am 99% sure that I’m done having kids (even strongly contemplated getting a tubal at my last c-section), but if I do ever have another baby, a VBAC is off the table, at least at my OB practice.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Tatum :  thank you for sharing! Your experience sounds somewhat similar to mine because I also never went into labor either. I was two days past my due date and went for a routine ultrasound to make sure everything was okay. Baby looked fine but I started randomly bleeding st the appointment. Baby was never in distress but the bleeding didn’t stop after several hours and I was passing large clots so they admitted me and decided to just take her it. They said I could wait it out but it could be the placenta detaching and it could become an emergency at any minute. I was barely dilated and never experienced any contractions. I, like you, feel like since I didn’t really get to experience any part of it I would like the experience. I also didn’t have a birthplan since I was just so worried and anxious to leave with a healthy baby. We went through years of infertility and IVF so I was just super happy to have the baby finally. But I do think that like you I would feel disappointed if I never got it experience. But at least we have healthy babes And love in a time with excellent modern medicine! How was recovery from c-section #2?

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