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Terrified of a VBAC * Please Read* Bri + 1.5 <3 Due October 20 (girl); 1 child; Florida 4350 posts
24th Apr '13

My SIL is pregnant with her second baby & due in September. Her OB told her today she needs to make a decision on trying to have a VBAC or a scheduled c section. She is really affraid to try a VBAC because of the risks. Although they are very slim, I don't blame her for being scared. But since she has a one year old & her husband (my brother) will have to go back to work soon after having the baby, a VBAC would be the better option. I told her I would come here for some information.




If you had a successful VBAC how did it go? And how was the recovery? If you had a bad experience what happened?




Thank you, anyone who shares. All stories (good & bad) are very appreciated & will help her make her final decision.

user banned California 36390 posts
24th Apr '13

What is she scared of? A repeat C-sec actually has more risks than a VBAC

TrixieGirl Due July 4; 1 child; Maryland 1175 posts
24th Apr '13

I am going through a similar situation. When I saw my OB yesterday I discussed my concerns with her. She mentioned that there is a calculator that she can enter my previous delivery details into to calculate the possibility of a sucsessful VBAC. When all was said and done the chances for me were a 41% success rate of a vaginal birth during this pregnancy. Maybe she should ask her OB to calcuate her success rate for her to give her an idea of the odds? I'm sure many on here will have stories to share and there is a VBAC Sticky under "Labor and Birth" which I'm sure has many stories. Best of luck to her in whatever path she may choose.

tinana+2 TTC since Nov 2013; 2 kids; Staten Island, NY, United States 29599 posts
24th Apr '13

I failed vbac but I'm still glad I tried. If/when we have another, I still plan to try for a vba2c. Having c-sections is almost always riskier than having vaginal births (unless the mom has other complications).



In short, my experience: I labored and didn't progress- finally agreed to the epidural because I was only at 4cm at the 14.5 hr mark (from 3cm when I had gone in with broken waters) and he was decelerating with his HR not coming back up... The epidural caused a reaction and they lost his heartbeat completely and they couldn't stabilize my bp. I had no choice but to have another emergency c-section.

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting Teenage Girl:" What is she scared of? A repeat C-sec actually has more risks than a VBAC"


Exactly.



I'm scared of mine, BUT it's because I'm scared of not knowing what to expect, and my attempt failing.

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10850 posts
status 24th Apr '13
Quoting tinana+2:" I failed vbac but I'm still glad I tried. If/when we have another, I still plan to try for a vba2c. Having ... [snip!] ... they lost his heartbeat completely and they couldn't stabilize my bp. I had no choice but to have another emergency c-section."


This is exactly what happened to during my induction. :(



But I'm still going to try for a VBAC in December!

GAH!! 2 kids; Texas 441 posts
24th Apr '13

I had a very successful VBAC. Went into labor on my own after having a membrane sweep and had my daughter 15 hours later, after less than 1 hour pushing. I think most doctors recommend waiting 2 years from your c-section for the best chance of success. My VBAC was 3 years after my c-section

Anja[VBA2C GRADx2!] 5 kids; Illinois 3576 posts
24th Apr '13

Well I had a vba2c 6 years after my last c-section , 12 years after my first. It all went very quite smoothly, though I did have my daughter at 36w5d. She's a very healthy 21 month old now and I'm pregnant again and hoping for another vba2c despite placenta previa (hoping it'll move) . It's not that scary at all, at least in my opinion. They usually monitor you very well and if something does happen there is the option of a c-section and they usually have an OR prepared just in case. For me though, it was a wonderful experience and I felt amazing after it and it was so much better than the c-section recovery that I had.

Lucy♥Benji 2 kids; California 25026 posts
26th Apr '13

I had a successful natural VBAC last year. It was such an easy recovery. I was up walking around so quick where as with my c-section I was in tons of pain for a long time and needed alot of help. I would do the VBAC again any day.