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I really want a VBAC! (Vbacs & induction) Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

My dd was born At 41 weeks 1day via c section in November 2009. I woke up exactly a week past my due date with contractions starting at 10-15 minutes apart, the quickly jumped from like 7-10 minutes apart & so on. I was in labor for 33 hours total. I would also like to note a few things that may have contributed to my c section: when my water broke around 20-24hours of labor, they misjudged me for being fully dilated and had me pushing for an hour before checking me again to discover I was only 4cm; I believe after that they gave me oxytocin (I think) to speed things along (I can't exactly remember as I was only 16 & this was a while ago lol), I ended up getting an epidural around the same time also. Anyway, I was ready to push around noon but dd was sunny side up & although des could see her hair she wouldn't come out after 3 hours of pushing. She was born via c section at 3:22pm. 
My question is what are my options for a vbac with this baby? The doctors I see (diff practice, only physicians no midwives) keep telling me that induction isn't really an option for me as it raises the risk for rupture. I personally feel like they want to take the easier way out & not risk that possibility, or whatever their reasons are, because they seem to not be 100% on board with my decision. It's almost like they forget I'm pushing for a vbac as they keep asking about the date if my scheduled c section. I'll stop here lol any questions to help you help me with answers, just ask. TIA!

~T&C plus me~ 2 kids; .., OR, United States 4196 posts
24th Feb '14

I know that most hospitals don't even offer vbac's. Mine doesn't. They said the reason is, we have such a small hospital, if something were to happen, there isn't an emergency team to help. I think they would rather do the C section for that reason. But if it is a hospital that offers them, it is probably just more convenient to do the c section, and that is why they are acting like that. Just put your foot down, don't let them talk you out of something you really want to do.
 

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting ~Tristan's Mama~ 11 weeks:
I know that most hospitals don't even offer vbac's. Mine doesn't. They said the reason is, we have such a small hospital, if something were to happen, there isn't an emergency team to help. I think they would rather do the C section for that reason. But if it is a hospital that offers them, it is probably just more convenient to do the c section, and that is why they are acting like that. Just put your foot down, don't let them talk you out of something you really want to do.
 



Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Middle o' nowhere, __, Guam 5160 posts
24th Feb '14

A lot of hospitals have VBAC bans because they're afraid of being sued, and they're right about the induction. Pitocin causes stronger contractions in an irregular schedule which put tons of stress on your uterus which is why they fear a rupture.
However, if you're fighting for your VBAC I would highly suggest making a birth plan and sticking to your guns. This baby I'm allowed to have a VBAC as long as I go into labor before 39 weeks because the hospitals policy is that anybody who has had a previous c-section has to have a repeat unless they go into spontaneous labor prior.
Have you been progressing any as far as signs of natural labor goes? Dilating on your own/head down baby/etc?

♥MamaToS&O♥ 2 kids; ., IL, United States 11775 posts
status 24th Feb '14

Does your hospital even offer vbac? Most wont.

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting ~Tristan's Mama~ 11 weeks:
I know that most hospitals don't even offer vbac's. Mine doesn't. They said the reason is, we have such a small hospital, if something were to happen, there isn't an emergency team to help. I think they would rather do the C section for that reason. But if it is a hospital that offers them, it is probably just more convenient to do the c section, and that is why they are acting like that. Just put your foot down, don't let them talk you out of something you really want to do.
 


My practice does Vbacs and I'm giving birth at Yale new haven. I really just feel like drs now days hand out c sections like it's not a big deal :( as long as I put my foot down, I think I will succeed in my vbac. And they're on board with my vbac, I'm just nervous if I don't go into labor before my scheduled c section march 10th (I'm due march 2nd, they just scheduled it "just in case" since I supposedly can't be induced) I feel like there are plenty of induction methods to help things along if need be but I'm just not sure what exactly.

LPH TTC since Dec 2014; NO, OD, Ukraine 32082 posts
status 24th Feb '14

I think your chances are very high, for two reasons. The first, you went into labor all on your own and dilated with your first, which makes a huge difference for mothers trying to achieve a VBAC. Second, the time between your two pregnancies. That is a huge time gap that has given your body time to recover. I don't see any reason why you cannot have a VBAC. You seem like a great candidate. Having a long labor with your first shouldn't be an issue because no two labors are the same, your next labor could be quick. I wouldn't risk the induction. I know studies vary on how it effect uterine rupture but for me, it still seems like a huge risk.

I say put your foot down. There is no reason you should have another C-section if you are in great health.

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting Monsters Mom (34 weeks):
A lot of hospitals have VBAC bans because they're afraid of being sued, and they're right about the induction. Pitocin causes stronger contractions in an irregular schedule which put tons of stress on your uterus which is why they fear a rupture.
However, if you're fighting for your VBAC I would highly suggest making a birth plan and sticking to your guns. This baby I'm allowed to have a VBAC as long as I go into labor before 39 weeks because the hospitals policy is that anybody who has had a previous c-section has to have a repeat unless they go into spontaneous labor prior.
Have you been progressing any as far as signs of natural labor goes? Dilating on your own/head down baby/etc?


Well I haven't been check at all in regards to dilation but I will be tomorrow at my appointment. I'm due Sunday :) but the baby is head down.  I get Braxton hicks and pressure every now and then so I hope I'm dilated & thinned out somewhat. I work on my feet for at least 4 hours a day so hopefully that's been helping me lol and as far as the whole induction thing goes, I have read up on different methods like a Foley catheter, etc so I don't think it's that you CANT be induced, it's just a matter of what the doctors want you to think. There are women who have been induced with their Vbacs (like my mom) so I have hope.

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting ♥MamaToSilas♥:
Does your hospital even offer vbac? Most wont.


Yes, they do. I haven't heard of any in my area that don't offer it. 

(*Melly*) 1 child; 2 angel babies; California 2369 posts
status 24th Feb '14

I'm thinking about getting a vbac too. My hospital is vbac friendly but they won't induce because it increases the risks of uterine rupture. That's cool with me because I rather have another csection than be induced.

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting linsα:
I think your chances are very high, for two reasons. The first, you went into labor all on your own and dilated with your first, which makes a huge difference for mothers trying to achieve a VBAC. Second, the time between your two pregnancies. That is a huge time gap that has given your body time to recover. I don't see any reason why you cannot have a VBAC. You seem like a great candidate. Having a long labor with your first shouldn't be an issue because no two labors are the same, your next labor could be quick. I wouldn't risk the induction. I know studies vary on how it effect uterine rupture but for me, it still seems like a huge risk.

I say put your foot down. There is no reason you should have another C-section if you are in great health.


Thank you! Words of encouragement! Lol but this is the same thing I was thinking. I hope this labor is quicker and easier especially since this is my 2nd. I kind of almost believe that my c section was almost caused by the way they induced my labor after having me push at only 4cm. Maybe that had an effect on my cervix? I read that induction can raise risks for a c section :( I hope things go smoothly this time around. My c section actually went very smooth and my scar healed perfectly fine so I hope that helps.

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting (*Melly*):
I'm thinking about getting a vbac too. My hospital is vbac friendly but they won't induce because it increases the risks of uterine rupture. That's cool with me because I rather have another csection than be induced.


I say you should go for a vbac if there's really no medical reason for a repeat c section! I know that since I went into labor on my own& dilated fully, my scar healed perfectly fine with no complications, and it's been over 4 years since then, I have absolutely no reason to not give it a shot. 

ıllı ⓣⓗⓔ ⓖⓡⓘⓝⓒⓗ ıllı 2 kids; Azeroth, .., United States Minor Outlying Islands 12097 posts
status 24th Feb '14

Did you have an emergency csection? Usually they wont do vbacs after an emergency csection. Our local hospital wont do vbacs even after a scheduled csection. Very Sad

I'm trying to see if I can do a vbac at a different hospital.

Lili's Mom HasGotitGoinOn Due March 1; 1 child; Connecticut 3387 posts
24th Feb '14

Quoting LittleTiger:
Did you have an emergency csection? Usually they wont do vbacs after an emergency csection. Our local hospital wont do vbacs even after a scheduled csection. Very Sad

I'm trying to see if I can do a vbac at a different hospital.


Yes it was an emergency c section although I feel like the only reason they did it was because she wasn't budging after 3 hours of pushing. It was moreso last minute than an emergency in my eyes if that make sense lol