VBAC experiences – The good, bad and the ugly

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
3859 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

gardunobee23 :  that’s good to know! I will have to ask if my practice does it! Best of luck to you!

Post # 17
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

hollyberry4 :  Good luck! I think if you weren’t in labor much with #1, your odds of having a successful VBAC are higher. My cousin’s wife had so much scar tissue from being in labor for 24+ hours during her first pregnancy (she ended up with c-section), that her OB told her he wouldn’t even consider trying a VBAC. And in the class I was in preparing for a VBAC, the nurse said they really prefer not to use epidurals during VBACs. I can’t remember why. I was like, hm, not sure I can promise I won’t need that.


Recovery both times was super easy. They gave me percocet both times and both times I was on just advil by the time I got discharged.

Post # 18
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I did not have a VBAC, two C’s- one emergency and one scheduled, but my best girlfriend did an unmedicated VBAC after the birth of her first (breech) and had a great experience.  She went with the same OB practice (no doula), and since the previous birth had not been from actual complications of labor, she was cleared for VBAC.  She labored at home until she was around 7cm (she was measuring contraction timing, not cms, but found out once they made it to the hospital) walked the halls until she hit 10 and delivered fairly quickly.  As one of her nurses said, “unmedicated moms are pretty motivated!”- I’ll say.  She had some slight tearing, but otherwise, healthy happy birth. 

A couple of factors for her- they wanted her to be at least a year post partum from c section to ensure risk of uterine rupture was lowest, and she did take some hypnobirthing classes since she wanted to go unmedicated.  I’d say success story. 

I was offered a VBAC with my second, but since my first section recovery was incredibly easy, I decided on a repeat C.  We’ll likely have a third, and I think we’ll do a C again, although I was offered that we could consider a VBAC even after 2 C’s- but I think I’ll keep the lady parts in pristine order and just go back for another section 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 19
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

cclarkrun1 :  [email protected] parts in pristine order. 

Also your friend was she asked 1 year post partum to getting pregnant or to delivery. I am pregnant 9 months pp so baby would be here 18 months post partum delivery and was wondering if to consider a VBAC or a repeat section

Post # 20
511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

favoredone :  If my math is correct, she was 1 year and a couple of months post partum prior to getting pregnant with her second.  Her daughter was almost two when her son was born.  Congratulations!

Post # 21
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had a VBAC!

My first was breech, so I had a scheduled c-section. I felt cheated because I had never felt a contraction and I just wanted to experience it all. We moved towns when I was pregnant with my second, so I did have a different OB than my last, but everyone was really encouraging about going for a VBAC. I was given the option of teying for a VBAC at my first appointment. Some things my OB said were: Your births need to be at least 1 year, preferably 18 months, apart (mine were 2.5 years apart). They need to be able to monitor your baby’s heart rate once you’re in labour because that’s one of the first signs of uterine rupture. They prefer that you get an epidural incase something goes wrong, because then they can just quickly top you up before performing a c-section, otherwise they’d have to put you under general anesthesia. Pitocin doubles your chances of uterine rupture. My OB said she’d be willing to let me go to 41 weeks and then she would do a “gentle induction” where they give you half the regular dose of pitocin.

My water broke at 4:30am when I was 38+6. I was GBS+, so I had to go to the hospital right away. I got to the hospital about 2 hours after my water broke (my mom drove from out of town to come watch my son, so I had to wait for her to get to my house). I had been feeling a couple of contractions that night before i went to be and the evening before that, but i hadn’t realized they were contractions. As soon as my water broke, I started getting contractions that were about 4-5 minutes apart, but they were weak. At the hospital when they checked me, I was only a fingertip dilated. The OB on all gave me the option of a repeat c-section or trying a VBAC. He said if I chose VBAC, they’d have to start a gentle induction with pitocin because my contractions sucked, my water was broken and I was GBS+. I agreed to the VBAC and pitocin (obviously). 

I was hooked up to the pitocin at 9am and my contractions slowly started getting stronger and stronger. At 1:30pm, I got an epidural. They tried for a really long time including 4 pokes to try to get it in because I have rotational scoliosis, so they had to go in at a really awkward angle and much higher than a regular epidural. It worked great once I finally got it though! They slowly kept increasing my pitocin and at 3pm the nurse who checked me said I was at 3-4cm. At 5pm I was 7cm. At 6:30 there was a shift change and the new nurse checked me and said I was 9cm. I was checked again at 8:30 and I was 10cm. I swear I was 10cm before that though because I felt tons of pressure before that.

Once the nurse said I was 10cm, she said she wanted to leave me be for a couple of hours to wait for the baby’s head to come down on it’s own and to save me some time pushing. It was soooooo hard waiting those 2 hours because my body felt like it was pushing on it’s own. At 10:30 I started vomiting from all the pressure and not being able to push yet. Darling Husband called the nurse in and I was finally able to start pushing. 

At one point while I was pushing, I started throwing up again because I was pushing so hard. They noticed that the baby’s heart rate was accelerating during some contractions, but was recovering well. They started talking about using a vacuum and called in the head OB. She watched me push a couple times and determined that I was pushing well enough that I shouldn’t need the vacuum. Near the end, they decided that I needed an episiotomy because baby’s heart rate was accelerating even more. Almost as soon as they did the episiotomy, baby girl was out! She was born at 11:56pm on Family Day (I’m in Canada) of this year, just like Darling Husband was hoping for. 

The recovery from my VBAC was 10000% better/easier than my c-section even with the episiotomy,which healed extremely well. I’m not sure how many stitches I had, but I don’t think it was too many.

Anyway, I just wanted to say good luck to everyone considering a VBAC. I loved mine and I’m incredibly happy that I was fortunate enough to have the experience that I did!

Sorry for any typos, I’m on my phone!

Post # 22
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I had a great VBAC experience.  In 2015 I had a failed induction with my son.  His head was just too big and he wasn’t coming down the birth canal.  When checked after laboring all night, there was meconium in the fluid so my DR recommended a C section at that point.  


Fast forward 23 months to the birth of my daughter.  With this pregnancy I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes so my doctor outlined a few things before taking VBAC off of the table.  He would only let me go to 40 weeks if GD was diet controlled.  At that point, repeat c-section as he wouldn’t induce.  If I ended up needing oral medication, he would take the baby at 39 weeks and if I required insulin, he would assess at 38 weeks.  Fortunately, I was able to control with diet and exercise.  


At my 38 week appointment, I was only 1.5cm dilated (which I had been since week 36).  At 38+5 my water broke at 3am with moderate but spaced out contractions.  I was admitted into the room around 5:30am 3cm dilated and by 7:30ish my labor had stalled.  I was given a gentle dose of pitocin to get it back up and going.  Once the pitocin started, I didn’t last long without an epidural.  I took the epidural and slept in and out of hte day as my labor slowly progressed.  Finally around 7pm I called for the nurse to check me because I was feeling immense pressure.  She checked and at 10cm she called the Dr.  He came in, set everything up and gave me a quick lesson on pushing.  


My epidural was perfect in that I could still move my legs a little and could feel pressure, but didn’t feel the pain of contractions.  I only pushed for 26 minutes (about 4 rounds of pushing) and my daughter was born.  8lbs and 6oz.  I had a couple of very minor single stitch tears.  I think it hurt more getting stitched up than the actual birth hurt! LOL 


Recovery time was amazing and if I had to recommend one experience to choose over another, it would be 100% hands down VBAC.  I feel so badass when I think about the confidence I had in myself to just do the thing and I just “rolled up my sleeves”, put on my game face, and just did the thing.  HA.

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