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Anyone else have a cesarean w/ first?

Postby Hope2B » Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:22 pm

Hi there! Has anyone else had a cesarean? Are you scared about having another one? What are your thoughts on having a VBAC vs another cesarean? I would like to try to have a VBAC (and have been told my chances are pretty good) but of course i'm still nervous about it. Anyone else concerned or still trying to decide what they will do when the time comes?
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Postby gapeach427 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:24 am

We had a C/S with DS, and will definitely have another one if we ever become pregnant again. I'm freaked out by VBAC probably from my experience as a NICU nurse and knowing the risks of VBAC. I have so many female issues (PCOS, endometriosis, scar tissue, etc), I'd rather play it safe and go for a C/S.
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Postby TDarrow » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:47 am


I had a C section with my son. When I talked to my doctor back in September about TTC#2 he told me that he recommended my having another CS. He said that if I wanted to try VBAC I would have to go to a better equipped facility about and hour and a half from my home. He said that the scar tissue from the last CS could rupture and he would feel more comfortable about me being at a more specilaized facility that can handle those types of problems. So I have decided to stay with my long time and local docotr and have my next baby CS. So, I'm now on the whole TWW thing. hoping for my BFP!!! Good luck and God Bless!!
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Postby wannabepg » Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:55 pm

Hey, I had an emergency CS under general with DD. Am hoping for a VBAC next time. Was told as long as I wait 12 - 18 months it would be possible. Little miss is almost 18 months now and we have been trying since she was 10 months! So maybe someone is making sure I don't get preg til the right time! x
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Postby tanderson » Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:23 pm

I had a c-section with my first and after fighting and finding a great doctor I had an amazingly successful vbac with my second. It was the best experience of my life and I will try vaginal again with my next child! Let me know if you have any questions.
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Postby mamabear2011 » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:45 pm

I had a scheduled c-section with my son (first and only child) due to his size. He was 9lbs 7oz and his head was in the 95% so my dr didnt want to risk shoulder dystocia. From what I have learned from speaking with other people is that the majority of first time c-sections are emergency and emergency c-sections seem to be more traumatic then scheduled ones. Mine was simple and went very smoothly. I am a huge baby when it comes to needles so I was devastated when my dr told me the size of my baby and explained the risks of a vaginal delivery with him.

I guess basically what I am trying to say is, if your first c-section was an emergency then that may be why you didnt have a great experience.

I too had thought about a VBAC with my second but my husband thinks my next baby will probably be around the same size and c-section would just be safer for both the baby and I.
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Postby StaceFace » Tue Feb 07, 2012 9:24 pm

Hi there - I had a CS with my first baby and then had a successful VBAC with my second. They are 18 months apart and I wouldn't trade my VBAC experience for the world. The two labors were just SO different. Anyway, I think you have to search your heart (and not stop searching!) to figure out what's best for you and for your baby. Both options have risks and benefits and, ultimately, only you and your hubby can make the best decision that works for you! GL!!
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Postby UmmuFox » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:28 pm

I thoroughly recommend a VBAC, although I haven't had one, so I cannot say from experience. I wanted a natural, non-medicated birth with DS, and almost had it. I labored in a birth tub (amazing for the pain) and was actually 9.5cm dilated when I got transferred from the birth center to the hospital (long story on the transfer, but for simplicity's sake, let's say labor wasn't progressing). My C-section robbed me of an amazing labor experience. I was shaking so hard from the meds, I couldn't even hold my baby for an hour after he arrived. So disappointing. I will definitely be trying a VBAC with baby #2.

I recently went to an ICAN meeting hosted by our local chapter that discussed VBAC options at a new birth center/hospital. The doctor (who delivered my son by C-section) confirmed studies that say as long as mom and baby are healthy, a VBAC is a healthy and safer option than Cesarean. Rupture doesn't happen as frequently as in previous decades due to better incisions. Yes, it is still a possibility, but a C-section is major surgery. It interferes with BFing and mom/baby bonding. Plus, the more C-sections you have, the more likely you are to require them for future births as well as increasing your odds for uterine rupture. (As a side note, I have to add that the midwife that got up to speak at this meeting: she had a C-section for baby #1, VBAC for baby #2, C-section for baby #3, and VBAC's for baby #4 and baby #5 - separate births.)

If your doctor says you are a candidate for VBAC, I highly recommend getting in contact with an ICAN group . . . or some group of women who can give you personal VBAC stories and accurate information regarding VBAC safety. I'd love to say that your OB/GYN will have the most accurate info, but sadly, they are limited by their facilities and personal experience.

GL with whatever you decide to do! Your baby will be beautiful and loved no matter how she/he makes it here. :mrgreen:
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Postby TTCnumber2at42 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:38 am

I had a CS with my first but wanted to go natural. I thought my pain tolerance was very high until I had 12 hours of back labour and had to take pain meds and epideral ... I finally had an emergency CS because I wasn't dialating it was regressing so my son became distressed.

In the end all went well.

I am so hoping that I will have the chance to VBAC with a second child and I am also hoping for NO BACK LABOUR! Heck ... I'm just hoping to get pregnant :?
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Postby zohbeeee » Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:54 pm

I had a CS with my son. It was planned after not going into labor after 41 weeks and him being projected at over 10lbs. He ended up being an ounce shy of 11lbs with head size off the charts.

For my daughter I planned a VBAC and waited until 42 weeks and did not go into labor. I ended up with a planned CS and a baby again over 10lbs. My second CS was fantastic though as I knew what to expect and what I did not like about the first one. I was able to create a birth plan in which I was able to see my daughter being born. I wish I could have had a VBAC and did all I could, but it wasn't in the cards.

Now ttc #3 and will have a CS.

VBAC vs RCS is a personal choice. Only you can make that decision. Even though I had two CS', they were the most amazing moments of my life.
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Postby TTCnumber2at42 » Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:12 am

You are so right zohbeee, I think first time mom's should have a plan if they like but be flexible enough to "go with the flow" only your child is going to determine how he/she wants to enter the world.

Either way CS or VBAC in the end for me it didn't matter... all that mattered what I was holding my DS
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