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VBAC vs. C-Section Tamara Barber Due August 24; 1 child; Elon, North Carolina 4 posts
12th Apr '13

I am on my second pregnancy and trying to weigh out the pros and cons of a VBAC. My first son is 7 going on 8, and I want to experience a vaginal birth but after reading about all the "complications" I will admit I am a little scared. If anyone has had a VBAC and can help me out with any information about your personal experience I would appreciate it.

empire state of mind New York, New York 12203 posts
12th Apr '13

Haven't had a VBAC, but I'm an L&D nurse. VBACs are safer than repeat c-sections. The deciding factor for me would be WHY you had a c-section to begin with. If it was failure ot progress/descend, it would likely be a problem again. But if it was something like breech then I would try the VBAC.

Tamara Barber Due August 24; 1 child; Elon, North Carolina 4 posts
12th Apr '13

His cord was wrapped around his shoulder, and every contraction his B/P would drop. I was progressing but not fast enough for their liking with his B/P dropping like it was.

user banned Due November 7; 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Tamara Barber:" His cord was wrapped around his shoulder, and every contraction his B/P would drop. I was progressing but not fast enough for their liking with his B/P dropping like it was."


Then you are a great candidate for a VBAC. My midwife does a lot of home birth VBACS, so I think in a hospital enviornment you will definitely be fine.

Just Ames 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Montego Bay, Jamaica 114793 posts
12th Apr '13

With that huge of a gap between kids I would absolutely go for the VBAC.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49006 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Tamara Barber:" His cord was wrapped around his shoulder, and every contraction his B/P would drop. I was progressing but not fast enough for their liking with his B/P dropping like it was."



i think u mean heart rate not B/P... Lol B/P = blood pressure

Tamara Barber Due August 24; 1 child; Elon, North Carolina 4 posts
12th Apr '13

No I did mean B/P... They knew that the heart rate would drop and they were expecting it to, but they didn't expect his B/P to drop as much as it did, every time it did.

Sami Rozwalka 2 kids; New Berlin, Wisconsin 370 posts
12th Apr '13

I had an emergency c-section with my daughter due to her heart rate dropping in the 40s. I was at 10 and ready to push but they Dr. insisted on a C-section. I didn't have much of a say, and didnt' really care as long as my daughter was safe. However, I would never ever want to have another one unless I absolutley had to. I had a hard time finding a Dr. who would even attempt VBACs in my area. Thankfully I found one. She insists that both (c-section and VBAC) have risks, but she believes that VBAC has less risks than c-section. I've done a little research myself, knowing that I never wanted a C-section again. I've read a lot about uterine rupture with VBAC and continous scar tissue build up on your uterus from C-secions could potentially make it so you can't have anymore children because your uterus won't be able to carry a child because of all the scar tissue. I'm all for a VBAC and will do whatever I can not to have a C-section again. I had a miserable recovery from my c-section and I just couldn't imagine doing it again. Best of luck to you with your decision :)

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49006 posts
12th Apr '13
Quoting Tamara Barber:" No I did mean B/P... They knew that the heart rate would drop and they were expecting it to, but they didn't expect his B/P to drop as much as it did, every time it did."


theres no way to check b/p when ur still pregnant.....:?

Tamara Barber Due August 24; 1 child; Elon, North Carolina 4 posts
13th Apr '13

I really dont want to have another c-section and we are planning on 3 kids so I dont want to jeopardize the chance on having another one after this one makes an appearance.

user banned Sri Lanka 9777 posts
13th Apr '13

I'm pregnant with my third and dreading another csection. My first I swear the ob just wanted to rush out. I have 6 friends who all go to the same ob. All but 1 had csections. And all of us were given the same reason. ( I find that funny). My second they forced me bc they said the hospital didn't allow vbacs. Going to a new hospital this time but the dr I'm seeing before I even got pregnant said if I have a 3rd, it would be a section. :(

user banned Due November 7; 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
13th Apr '13
Quoting amp4483:" I'm pregnant with my third and dreading another csection. My first I swear the ob just wanted to rush ... [snip!] ... to a new hospital this time but the dr I'm seeing before I even got pregnant said if I have a 3rd, it would be a section. :("


I know plenty of people who have had vaginal births after 2 c-sections.
Keep looking for new doctors.

empire state of mind New York, New York 12203 posts
14th Apr '13
Quoting Tamara Barber:" No I did mean B/P... They knew that the heart rate would drop and they were expecting it to, but they didn't expect his B/P to drop as much as it did, every time it did."


You can't tell a baby's BP in the womb