My experience with VBAC was both positive and negative. I had an induction with number one after my membranes ruptured and I did not start to contract. This birth was textbook eight hours, no pain relief and pretty smooth. My number two was three and a half years later and she went into foetal distress (elevated heart rate) due to placenta praevia and was delivered by E.R style emergency ceasarean! She was lucky to survive and it was really very traumatic. I then had a VBAC with number three, three years later. I went into labour naturally, ten days overdue, but failed to progress. The midwife broke my waters (something they do not like to do with VBAC) to speed things along and I eventually had an epidural, which failed to work! After 32 hours of labour my baby was born naturally. He was posterior and this was the reason for him being so long to arrive. The previous ceasar had nothing to do with it. As anyone who has had a posterior baby knows it is the most excruciating back pain and it is a slower birth. Having said all that, he was delivered at nine pounds with no tears, no scar problems and no distress to him. Even a thirty- two hour posterior labour was preferable to another ceasarean. If my epidural had worked I may have had a caesar so I'm glad it happened the way it did. Now I'm a week off due with number four and going for another VBAC.
Domestic Goddess Mum of Four!