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When should I head in? Sweet lullaby Dearborn Heights, Michigan 30436 posts
4th Dec '12

I plan on laboring at home! This is a VBA2C. My hospital is a good 45 mins away. When would be a good time to start heading in? from what I gather 5 mins apart for contractions?

Brandi Eastman 2 kids; Youngsville, Pennsylvania 1452 posts
4th Dec '12

I was told when you cant walk or talk thru them anymore

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
4th Dec '12

never had a VBAC, so I'm not sure if that changed anything. but the L&D nurse told me not to come in until my contractions were at 5 minutes for an hour...

IDID-VBAC 12/09 2 kids; Alaska 44106 posts
4th Dec '12

My dr told me to stay home as long as I felt comfortable (meaning as long as I could without being nervous about something happening with a possible rupture).



I lived an hour away from the hospital at the time and waited until I was having contractions 3-4 min apart lasting 45 seconds before I went in.

Sweet lullaby Dearborn Heights, Michigan 30436 posts
4th Dec '12
Quoting IDID-VBAC 12/09:" My dr told me to stay home as long as I felt comfortable (meaning as long as I could without being nervous ... [snip!] ... from the hospital at the time and waited until I was having contractions 3-4 min apart lasting 45 seconds before I went in. "


Once you went in. How long until you gave birth. And did you get your vbac

IDID-VBAC 12/09 2 kids; Alaska 44106 posts
4th Dec '12
Quoting Sweet lullaby:" Once you went in. How long until you gave birth. And did you get your vbac"


I went in at 7:30PM, they made me walk for an hour because my contractions had slowed down and was completely admitted and in the delivery room by 9:15PM. There was a lot of paperwork I had to fill out for the VBAC before going back to the delivery room. I got my epi around 1-2AM at 6cm and gave birth (vaginally) at 5AM.

Sweet lullaby Dearborn Heights, Michigan 30436 posts
4th Dec '12
Quoting IDID-VBAC 12/09:" I went in at 7:30PM, they made me walk for an hour because my contractions had slowed down and was completely ... [snip!] ... out for the VBAC before going back to the delivery room. I got my epi around 1-2AM at 6cm and gave birth (vaginally) at 5AM."


Okay thanks Im worried about going in too early and risking them giving me a not so needed c-section

Momma Perham 2 kids; Florida 7625 posts
8th Dec '12

5 minutes apart?!?! When I went into labor w/ my daughter (she was my 2nd & was a scheduled repeat c-section but I went into labor on my own at 37wks) my contractions were 4 mins apart while we were packing for the hospital & by the time we got there they were 2 mins apart but I was only 1cm dilated & they gave me a series of 3 Terbutiline shots over 6hrs & sent us home only for me to return 24hrs later STILL in labor before the on-call OB finally agreed to do my c-section.