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Hey everyone !

Am 32 weeks pregnant with my second child. I am hoping for a successful VBAC. After some feedback or some tips / advise for people who have had a successful vbac, how did you go about it ? Did you take drugs?

I've read on the net that constant fetal monitoring can greater the risk of another c-section, is this true? My midwife told me at my 30 week check up that I am not allowed in the shower due to needing constant fetal monitoring. i felt really disappointed as the shower helped my contractions with my first.

Basically I would rather not have ot have another section (such a longer recovery time and i have a toddler to care for and i need to drive) i need all the help, advice and ideas i can gather.

If anybody has any PLEASE let me know.

Even if people tried for a vbac and failed could you please tell me your stories as to why you think it failed.. Thanks
Kim

Hey everyone !

Am 32 weeks pregnant with my second child. I am hoping for a successful VBAC. After some feedback or some tips / advise for people who have had a successful vbac, how did you go about it ? Did you take drugs?

I've read on the net that constant fetal monitoring can greater the risk of another c-section, is this true? My midwife told me at my 30 week check up that I am not allowed in the shower due to needing constant fetal monitoring. i felt really disappointed as the shower helped my contractions with my first.

Basically I would rather not have ot have another section (such a longer recovery time and i have a toddler to care for and i need to drive) i need all the help, advice and ideas i can gather.

If anybody has any PLEASE let me know.

Even if people tried for a vbac and failed could you please tell me your stories as to why you think it failed.. Thanks
Kim


Heya smile
I had a succesful VBAC smile

My first birth was c-section because my baby boy was transverse (sideways) tried to turn him but no luck. I was desperate to experience labour with my second, it was touch and go but i did it!

So i did have constant fetal monitoring, and i have to admitt that was a bit of a pain, they didnt put it in straight away though so i got some time in the shower and bath first, but as soon as things started up properly I had the scalp clip monitor put in, hmm I dont know what to say really except that yes it was annoying, and a bit uncomfortable to have put in, but it was a vital part of having my vbac because those tummy monitor strip things werent even registering my contractions let alone bub!

So anyway, I also opted for an epidural, I had intended to go drug-free but, well I changed my mind, unfortunatley I had a failed epidural (dont worry its really rare!)

This second bub never engaged, she wasnt even engaged when i was 9cm dialated and my water hadent broken, so they broke it, it took me two hours to push her out and i needed vontouse assistance but it was all worth it! I was soooooooooo happy to have achieved a VBAC!

I hope to go for number three in the not so distant future, i'll defintley try for another VBAC, I'm not sure if I'd try another epidural though!

Good luck, and believe you can do it! be prepared for things to not go to plan and make sure you have a great support system which understands what you want smile smile

Hi...
I'm 38 weeks and sitting in the same position as you. I'm slightly freaking out cause my toddler is very independant but very clingy on me to (she get separation anxiety very easily and always has) I really don't want another Cesear but they are telling me that this is another big baby and they just might have to.

I see the dr early next week but praying that i just spontaniously go into Labour this weekend some time. (if i get a sucessful VBAC i will let you know...)
hi there,
i had an emerg c-section with no3 and had vbac with no4.
My story: When my waters broke at 5am and because there was some meconium in it, we were told to go straight to the hospital. So when we got there they put one of those tummy monitor thingys on but because they couldnt get a good reading they put a scalp clip monitor on baby, that just felt uncomfortable coz at the same time (for me) because baby still wasnt engage properly so he (doctor ?) did some moving around dwn there.
It was so annoying coz i couldnt move around much, they did "un-hook" me so i could go to the toilet but thats about it, i was pretty much stuck to the bed or beside it, at first i was on the bed then i moved to the side of bed, sat on a chair too and then i kneeled at the head of the bed (it was raised) and gave birth this way, which if you can or want i would recommend it this way as gravity helps! My son was born at 12.45 that day, 8p 8oz and i had a drugfree birth!

Good luck i hope it goes well for you smile

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Limiting your movement during labour will not help with you vbac. You can decline to be monitored, but you'll have to fight for it.
Your best chance for a successful hospital vbac would be to labour at home for as long as possible before heading into hossy.
I have just had my second sucsessful VBAC! With DD2 I was in labour for 15 hours and I was really tired I had a epidural so I could get some rest. I was hooked up to a monitor so I could not move about so much but my midwife was great she unhooked me so I could have a shower every now and she just limited my time in there. After 17 hours of labour my baby was stuck behind a lip in my cervix so she was delivered by ventouse with a small tear.

DD3 I went in to the hospital with after couple of contractions at 10pm, they did an internal I was already 5cms dilated so they decided to keep me in. I was hooked up to a mobile monitor this time so I could move around lots. The midwives moved me to a labour suite at 11pm so I could get some rest but 10 minutes later my water broke and I was using gas and air. By 12.30 I was pushing by 1am I had my daughter with no tearing. Though I didnt have time to really move about I loved the idea that if I wanted to I could.

Good luck to you!

I had a successful VBAC too. Sounds like you have the same recovery concerns etc as me smile I went to the hospital and was 1cm dilated at 9am. They hooked me up to the monitors for the whole time which was fine. They could even tell by my baby's heart rate i was dehydrated and gave me extra fluid through the IV. My OB came in at 12pm and i was 1.5cm, he broke my waters and said best to have an epidural incase i needed another c/s so that we wouldnt have to wait around for an anaethetist. Every 3-4 hours when they checked me I was dilating and progressing. They checked me at 7.30pm and i was 8cm and 10cm an hour later. They did use the vacuum in the end as they didnt want me pushing for too long as that's the time most of the pressure is on your scar. So for me the monitoring didnt affect my labour and i rested on the bed the whole time. They did offer me the fit ball but i found it too uncomfortable.

One thing i did do this time is see the chiro my whole pregnancy so my body was all in alignment etc. Apparently it reduces labour time by 25%.

My advice is give it a go and if you need to have another c/s it may be inconvenient recovery wise but as long as you and bub are safe and healthy that's all that matters. Good luck smile
I would definately reccommend a Vbac. My first was induced labour and after 2.5 days of contractions I had an emergency c-section as I only got to 9cm.
With my second I did everything I could think of to help this baby along naturally, including walking 1hr morning and night to help baby engage, which by the way did not seem to work, however i did get fit smile
I went and saw a naturopath about 5 weeks before I was due and was given some herbs to help strengthen my contractions, and prepare my uterus. I also did accupunture with the electrode things attached. Slightly uncomfortable however I believe it was worth it. On top of all of this my beautiful midwives were fully supportive of my vbac choice and allowed me to go 12 days over (I went in for check ups etc.)
3am I started to get pains and I stayed home until about 10am for fear I would be hooked up to the monitor like my first. After I had my show and things got alot stronger we decided to go in. I was checked at the hospital and was 7-8cm! I was so happy, but unfortunately as I expected I was hooked up to the monitor from about 11 and my dilation pretty much stopped. My waters had to be broken in the atfernoon and with some help from the suction cap my little man was born about 6:14pm that night.
If I was to have another I would definately stay at home again until I knew it was coming to time and if the staff would allow me to I would at least stand and sway etc. Anything to keep the pressure downstairs to help dilating. When I got up to got to the toilet I felt imense pressure and wanted to push and they rushed me back to bed and it all stopped. Just remember the staff are only looking out for you and your babys welfare and goodluck!!
Hi All,

I hope this info gets to you all in time. I delivered my DD VBAC in Feb this year it was the most amazing thing I have ever done (gas only and was monitored), 21 months after my son was delivered via c-section due to poor position and fetal distress, never labored. Remember 80% of those who try a VBAC are successful so have faith that your body and baby know exactly what to do.

I hope the following information is helpful to you. I had been given loads of information on the issue of monitoring potentially slowing labor and also its restrictions on movement etc. At the end of the day you have the right to agree or not to being monitored and how that monitoring occurs (this is easier in the public system I opted out of private care for this reason... big decision for me) . What I found useful was that in my birth plan I wrote that I was happy for 30mins of CTG monitoring on arrival and once establish all was ok to stop monitoring and then intermittent CTG monitoring for 20 min periods and using Doppler in between

Once things really ramped up though I had a bit of meconium so there was a need to have continual monitoring, another option that was available is an FSC... fetal scalp (something) anyway they attach a small wire to bubs head and a small power pack to you upper thigh you have a lot more movement and it is far less intrusive. When my contractions were full on it also gave me confidence that everything was ok which was quite different from what people had said about monitoring, I know for me it helped me labor well without concern. When DD arrived you could not see where they attached the wire and it did her no harm at all.

Also as I had the FSC rather then the CTG as a monitor it saved me from an episi as it is far more accurate in monitoring the well being of bub, so they could let me push for longer knowing the bub was A OK, I as able to push her out on my own... with a little bit of damage. Ask your midwife about this as it was far better then the CTG.

If there is only the CTG they can disconnect it so you can shower.. other tips are stay home as long as possible and you feel confident to be there, also I used evening primrose oil in the last 2 weeks and I am sure this helped, she was clever and arrived on her due date!

Has your midwife said you need to have a cannula? this was my experience ... I was happy to have a cannula inserted on arrival but asked that it be placed in my forearm to ensure I had good movement of my hands. It gave me a laugh as the registrar struggled to get his head around finding a vein in my forearm as he had not done this before, but it took no time and I was able to forget it was there during my labor. It also sent the staff a message that we were making sensible decisions about managing the labor as a VBAC, even if we were pushing boundaries on hospital policy.

This was such an amazing experience for me that I am happy to share my experience with others if it helps in making a decision to try to VBAC... ultimately its about a healthy happy bub and mum and personal choice but if you have another question I am happy to try and answer them based on my experience... Im no expert though!


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Hi All,

I hope this info gets to you all in time. I delivered my DD VBAC in Feb this year it was the most amazing thing I have ever done (gas only and was monitored), 21 months after my son was delivered via c-section due to poor position and fetal distress, never labored. Remember 80% of those who try a VBAC are successful so have faith that your body and baby know exactly what to do.

I hope the following information is helpful to you. I had been given loads of information on the issue of monitoring potentially slowing labor and also its restrictions on movement etc. At the end of the day you have the right to agree or not to being monitored and how that monitoring occurs (this is easier in the public system I opted out of private care for this reason... big decision for me) . What I found useful was that in my birth plan I wrote that I was happy for 30mins of CTG monitoring on arrival and once establish all was ok to stop monitoring and then intermittent CTG monitoring for 20 min periods and using Doppler in between

Once things really ramped up though I had a bit of meconium so there was a need to have continual monitoring, another option that was available is an FSC... fetal scalp (something) anyway they attach a small wire to bubs head and a small power pack to you upper thigh you have a lot more movement and it is far less intrusive. When my contractions were full on it also gave me confidence that everything was ok which was quite different from what people had said about monitoring, I know for me it helped me labor well without concern. When DD arrived you could not see where they attached the wire and it did her no harm at all.

Also as I had the FSC rather then the CTG as a monitor it saved me from an episi as it is far more accurate in monitoring the well being of bub, so they could let me push for longer knowing the bub was A OK, I as able to push her out on my own... with a little bit of damage. Ask your midwife about this as it was far better then the CTG.

If there is only the CTG they can disconnect it so you can shower.. other tips are stay home as long as possible and you feel confident to be there, also I used evening primrose oil in the last 2 weeks and I am sure this helped, she was clever and arrived on her due date!

Has your midwife said you need to have a cannula? this was my experience ... I was happy to have a cannula inserted on arrival but asked that it be placed in my forearm to ensure I had good movement of my hands. It gave me a laugh as the registrar struggled to get his head around finding a vein in my forearm as he had not done this before, but it took no time and I was able to forget it was there during my labor. It also sent the staff a message that we were making sensible decisions about managing the labor as a VBAC, even if we were pushing boundaries on hospital policy.

This was such an amazing experience for me that I am happy to share my experience with others if it helps in making a decision to try to VBAC... ultimately its about a healthy happy bub and mum and personal choice but if you have another question I am happy to try and answer them based on my experience... Im no expert though!


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HI ALL, I AM 32 WEEKS WITH BABY NO 2... WITH NO 1 I HAD AN EMERGENCY CSER DUE TO FAILURE TO PROGRESS. I HAVE OPTED TO HAVE AN ELECTIVE CSER THIS TIME, BUT TODAY HAVE CHANGED MY MIND. I WANT TO TRY AND DO IT NATURALLY, MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE RECOVERY CHALLENGES THAT WILL LAY AHEAD HAVING A 15MONTH OLD TO DEAL WITH ALSO!!!! ITS KINDA SCAREY BUT THE MORE I READ THE MORE CONFIDENT I AM WITH IT.... HAS ANYONE GOT ANY PREPARATION TIPS????
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