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Successful VBAC MaMa PaTiEnCe Due November 30; 97 kids; Port Hueneme, California 2410 posts
5th Jun '13

I had a csection with my son in 2010. I had a horizontal incision on the inside and outside. My scar tissue is minimal. I have been watching my weight very closely this pregnancy.
I'm interested in hearing any advice that can be useful for me. I have my heart dead set on having a VBAC.
1.Things I should be doing right now
2. Questions I should ask my doctor
3.Should I get a doula?
4. Personal stories
5. How I go about finding a doula? Do I just ask my doctor?
TIA ladies

Frankie-marie 18 kids; Texas 887 posts
5th Jun '13

Good luck with the vbac!



Any day now I should be attempting mine. Ask the doctor how many weeks they will let you go over. If I don't go into labor by 41 weeks I will be having a csection. My DD was also born in 2010 and now this one.

linsα 2 kids; Bordeaux, AQ, France 28606 posts
5th Jun '13

Stay active. It's great that you are watching your weight. Look up some safe abdominal and pelvic workouts while pregnant to keep your muscles strong. Start drinking some raspberry red leaf tea in your second trimester, it helps with your uterus.
I personally find a doula useless. I mean if you need the extra encouragement then go for it but my mind was pretty set on having a VBAC, I didn't need anyone else to remind me. My spouse is all I need during labor too. I don't know if your doctor would be much help in finding one, you might want to look online for doula's in your area.

Yurvette [♥] 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Hyrule Castle, LZ, San Marino 36449 posts
5th Jun '13
Quoting Frankie-marie:" Good luck with the vbac! Any day now I should be attempting mine. Ask the doctor how many weeks they ... [snip!] ... you go over. If I don't go into labor by 41 weeks I will be having a csection. My DD was also born in 2010 and now this one."


My friend was 42 weeks when she went into labor. She had a natural birth. And it was a VBAC.

Isguided and Oronic Due May 25; 1 child; California 20971 posts
5th Jun '13

Research research research! Know about the "cascade of interventions". Know the side effects of each intervention. Know how to use each intervention, that way your Dr can't trick you into accidentally sabotaging your own labor. Read Ina May Gaskins books. Stay active. Stay positive. And find a supportive OB, they exist. I just had my successful vbac on Sunday, and she was 9 lb 10 oz.

MaMa PaTiEnCe Due November 30; 97 kids; Port Hueneme, California 2410 posts
5th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Frankie-marie:</b>" Good luck with the vbac! Any day now I should be attempting mine. Ask the doctor how many weeks they ... [snip!] ... you go over. If I don't go into labor by 41 weeks I will be having a csection. My DD was also born in 2010 and now this one."</blockquote>



Thank you! And good luck with yours. I hope everything goes as planned. I made my husband watch a vaginal birth video this morning, his eyes were sooo wide and he goes, "Why would you want to do you that!?!?". I just started laughing, I think that its just an emotional connection. With my son, I loved him to death but I didn't start to feel "connected" for awhile after he was born.

MaMa PaTiEnCe Due November 30; 97 kids; Port Hueneme, California 2410 posts
5th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting linsα:</b>" Stay active. It's great that you are watching your weight. Look up some safe abdominal and pelvic workouts ... [snip!] ... too. I don't know if your doctor would be much help in finding one, you might want to look online for doula's in your area. "</blockquote>




Thank you for the tips! :)
I love my husband and I know he would do anything for me, but with the he reacted to labor last time I'm not sure he will be much help. Haha. He supports me with the VBAC but I think he is very scared. He just likes to follow orders.

MaMa PaTiEnCe Due November 30; 97 kids; Port Hueneme, California 2410 posts
5th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Isguided and Oronic:</b>" Research research research! Know about the "cascade of interventions". Know the side effects of each ... [snip!] ... active. Stay positive. And find a supportive OB, they exist. I just had my successful vbac on Sunday, and she was 9 lb 10 oz."</blockquote>




Thank you for the advice :)
Congratulations on your successful VBAC and your healthy baby girl!