C-section rates are at an all time high of 32% here in the US. Personally, I labored for 22+ hours, got to 10cm and pushed. My son never engaged. He was sunny side up with an eyebrow presentation. During my last push the OB kept his hand on my son to feel if he was moving down at all, and it turns out I was squeezing him further back in (I mean, really?). At that point I was exhausted, my son was doubly misaligned and I conceded a c-section was my best option.
With my daughter I was determined to at least try for a vaginal birth. I'm very lucky to be a patient at an excellent OB practice with a large staff of pro-VBAC midwives. It makes me sad to hear of so many women who are still being told, "once a section, always a section."
I wasn't entirely convinced that I would be able to have a vaginal birth, but I decided to just go with whatever happened. My second labor and delivery experience was the complete opposite of my first. Once my contractions started I was fully dilated within 4 hours. I pushed for half an hour, and my little (or not so little, she was 9 lb, 10 oz.) girl was here.
Did you try for a VBAC, are you planning a VBAC, or did the hospital tell you that you had to have a section?
I had a C-section as well after being in labor for 24 hrs, with my next i plan to try a vaginal birth all natural which was my original plan.
i was @ 4 wks supposed to be induced that am my water broke b4 going to hospital mine always breaks in eary labor i got to hospital was 2 cm & i was in horrible pain back labor my 1st child i wasnT & I HAD PLANNED A ALL NATURAL BIRTH PERIOD COME HELL OR HI WATER & LET ME TELL YOU I WASS IN SUCH HORRIBLE PAIN I BEGGED & THEY WLDNT GIVE ANY THING BECAUSE OF HER HEART WAS ACTING UP VERY LOW & THE STOPED UNTIL YOUR IN LABOR YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOU REALLYWANT I THOGHT I KNEW BUT BK LABOR WAS WORSE THAN MY OTHER 2 NATURAL LABORS even at hospital 1 hour till t had trouble with he heart & rushed me bk for a emergencey crash csection a general anest no time for epidural or spinal , my dr also cut me up & down fron naval to pubic bone . it was horrible its very difficult to get over A CLSSICAL INCISION RATHER THAN A BIKINI CUT DOWN LOW ALSO I DID GET A INCISION INFECTION HI FEVER CLDNT HAVE MY BABY IN HOSP 2 WKS
MY DAUGHTER WAS OKAY BUT DID HAVE MULTI HEART DEFECTS THAT IF ID HAD ANOTHER SONO LATER BESIDES JUST 12 WKS THEY WLD OF KNOWN THIS WAS SEPT 88
IT TOOK ALONG TIME TO GET OVER MY CSEC , HOWER I WAS PUT ON MINI PILL MY 1ST TIME I GOT PREGNANT WEN MY DAUGHTER WAS ONLY 4 MONTHS OLD NOT GOOD FOR MY BODY
IT WAS THE BIG YEAR FOR VBACKS NO CHOICE & AT A COUNTY HOSPITAL THAT DID NOT OFFER EPIDURALS & ONLY A BIRTHING ROOM TO MOMS WHO TOOK BIRTH CLASSES
WHICH I DID BUT NEVER GOT TO A BIRTHING ROOM
I LABORED FOR 18 1/2 HOURS & MY SONS HEART TONE GT GOING IN LOW 30'S I WAS 42 WKS & 4 DAYS OVER I ALSO ALWAYS GO OVER DUE FOR 10 HOURS HIS HEART TONES WERE LOW I WAS ON O/2 & MY INTERN DR ASKED CHISF ABOUT A CSEC HE SAID NO , 10 HOURS WITH MECONIUM IN MY WATER
I ALSO GOT A SEVERE UTERUS INFECTION FROM THEM CHECKING ME SO MANT AS A teaching hosp
ALSO WEN I WENT TO FINALLY DELIVER I WAS GIVE SUPPOSEDLY A PUDENDAL BLOCK LIDOCAIN ON EACH SIDE INSIDE VAGINA UNKNOWN TO ME DR MISSED HIT BABY IN HEAD WITH LIDOCAIN HE STILL TESTED POSTIVE 18 HOURS LATER HE CAME OUT WITH NO HEART BEAT NO RESPIRATIONS H
THEY WKED ON HIM FOR 10 MINUTES & TOLD ME THEY WERE SORRY THEY REVIVED HIM & HE SRATED HAVING GRANDMAL SEIZURES FROM LIDOCAIN & BREATHING PROBLEMS FROM ASPERATING THE 1ST BOWEL MOVEMENT SWALLOWING IT
HE WAS MY 1ST VBAC , NATURAL BIRTH NONE MY CHOICE
AFTER MY HORRIBLE CSEC I WLD HAVE WANTED TO TRY VBAC WITH EPIDURAL BUT NOT AT THE COST OF MY CHILD
THEY GAVE HIM BLOOD HAD ME SIGN STACK OF PAPERS & THEN KNOCKED ME OUT PUT ME ON A NON MATERNITY FLOOR SAID BABY BWLD NOT LIVE THRU THE NITE
ALS HE HAD BRAIN SCANS SHOWING BRAIN DAMAGE SO HE WAS IN NICU FOR A WHILE HE IS FINE NOW ??? 2ND SCANS WERE NORMAL THAT WAS A MIRACLE
SO FOR 1 BEING SO OVER DUE & DR NOT ALLOWED TO INDUCE ME
2 WEN LOW HEART TONES & MECONIUM WATER BABY WAS IN SEVERE STRESS & DR NOT ALLOWED TO DUE CSEC
& THEN THE MISTAKES WITH LIDOCANE IN DELIVERY RM ALMOST COST ME MY CHILD
LAST VBAC 1994
I WAS 41 WKS STARTED INDUCTION NITE B4 WITH CERVIDIL NOT HAPPENED TILL NEXT DAY AROUND 2 WEN PITOCIN WAS USED SO MY WATER BROKE RT AFTER 12 NOON & I HAS HIM NATURAL AT 3 ;18PM I WANTED AN EPIDURAL I WENT TOO FAST THEY SAID ALL 3 BIRTHS WERE AT DIFFRENT HOSPITAL & DIFFRENT DRS
HOWEVER BABY WAS PERFECT IN THIS DELIVERY & BUT I HAD A SMALL UTERINE TEAR THAT CAUSED EXESS BLEEDING BUT I WAS ABLE TO SEAL ITS SELF NO SURGERY ON VIDEO TAPE MY DR HE WAS GREAT SAYS OH MY GOD SHE RUPTURED
HE SAID THAT MY UTERUS WAS SO PAPER THIN THAT IF HE HAD GONE ANY FUTHER HIS HAD WLD OF GONE THRU THE WALL OF MY UTERUS & IT CLD OF COST ME MY LIFE NOT HAVING HAD AN EPI THEY I PROBABLY WLD HAVE BLEED OUT B4 GETTING TO OPERATING ROOM HE SAID
MY 1ST & 2ND DELIVERY WERE SUCH A MESS MY 3RD DR WAS NOT WILLING TO LET ME GO PAST 41 WKS I HAVE LATE BABIES HOWEVER THE PLACENTA IS A TIMED ORGAN & STARTS TO DETERIATE AFTER 42 WKS IS WHY THEY MONITOR YOU CLOSE OVER DUE DATE ALSO
IN MY 2ND DELIVERY THAT WAS SUCH A DISASTER THEY FALSIFIED MY RECOREDS EVEN DATES ECT
& BECAUSE OF THAT MY 3RD DR DIDNT NO ABOUT MY THIN UTERINE WALL
HE WAS HORRIFIED AT MY PREVIOUS RECPORDS ANY HOW I HAD 3 PRETTY HEALTHY BABIES OUT OF IT I HAD MADE AN AGREEMENT ON # 3 IF I NEEDED A CSEC HE WLD CYT ACROSS OLD ONE A BIKINI CUT PERIOD ALSO FROM MY 1ST CSEC I ENDED UOP WITH A JAGGED LINE & LOOKED LIKE 2 BELLY BUTTONS , & I ENDED UP WITH A GRAPE FRUIT SIZE INCISIONAL HERNIA THAT WAS NOT REPAIRED TILL AFTER 3 BABY MY 3RD DR TOLD ME WHAT IT WAS & REFFERED ME TO A SURGEON & HE FIXED MY CSEC SCARE THAT WAS SO HORRIBLE SO I DID HAVE TO HAVE THAT REOPENED 6 YRS LATER TO BE REPAIRED
IM NOT SURE WHAT A BIKINI CUT IS LIKE BUT A CLASSICAL UP & DOWN IS HORRIBLE SUPER PAINFUL , TAKES SERVERAL MONTHS OR MORE TO GET OVER & I HAD AN INFECTION & IT LOOKED HORRIBLE COSMETICLY & THEN HAD THE INCISIONAL HERNIA FROM IT THAT WAS REPAIRED 6 YRS LATER 3 RD BABY CAME 6 YRS AFTER 1ST 1ST 2 ARE4 MONTHS APAER 11 DAYS
BUT ID PREFER A VBAC ANY DAY SO LONG AS YOU HAVE A GREAT DR THAT WONT TAKE GREAT RISKS WITH YOUR LIFE OR BABYS LIFE LIKE MY 3RD DR SO IT JUST DEPENDS ,
BUT I CAN SAY ID RATHER VBAC THAN A SCHEDULED REPEAT CSECTION EVEN WITH THE HORRIBLE THINGS I FACED
# 1 BE COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR DR IF YOUR NOT CHANGE TILL YOU ARE MY 3RD PREGNANCEY I CHANGED 3X WAS PRAYING IN WAITING RM ID LIKE THIS DR
HONESTLY IM NOT SURE WHY ANY MOTHER WLD AUTOMATICALLY GO FOR ANOTHER CSEC WHO WANTS TO BE CUT NOT ME !! I ALSO DID NOT HAVE EPISIOTOMIES DURING MY NATURAL BIRTHS SM WOMEN NEED THEM MY DAUGHTER I DIDNT I TOLD THENM NO I DID NOT TEAR EITHER I DID WHAT DR SAID LIKE WEN TO PUSH & NOT PUSH A MID WIFE I DIDNT HAVE 1 BUT THEY ARE GREAT WITH PERI MESSAGE TO PREVENT TEARING , YOU CAN USE OIL & MESSAGE DOWN THERE DURING PREGNANCEY OR GET YOUR PARTNER TO DO IT TO GET YOU READY FOR DELIVERY ESP THE PERINEAL AREA BETWEEN VAGINA & ANUS THIS IS THE AREA THAT IS CUT AN EPISIOTOMY B4 AS A BABY IS CROWNING TO ALLOW MORE SPACE
MY DAUGHTER W/ HEART PROBS HAD BABY 1 MONTHS AGO HI RISK PREGNANCEY & DELIVERY BUT SHE MADE IT THRU & SHE HAD TO HAVE AN EPIDURAL BCAUSE OF HER HEART & NO PUSHING SO AFTER 32 HOURS BABY WAS CROWNING & HAD TO CUT HER 3X & USE VACUM TO GET BABY OUT HER DR EXPECTED A CSEC BUT SHE DID IT SHE WAS 10 CM @ 7 AM SHE PUSHED A FEW X BABYS HEART WLDNT TAKE IT & THEY WAITED TILL 12 NOON TO DELIVER HER W WHICH SHE HAD DESENDED ALL THE WAY TO CROWNING FROM FORCE OF CONTRACTIONS INSTEAD OF PUSHING HER DOWN AS USUAL
BUT SHE IS HERE & VERY SMART & VERY BEAUTIFUL !!
AS FAR AS BIRTH PLANS GO THEY ARE GREAT IN THEROY SO LONG AS YOUR NOT SO SET ON THINGS A CERTAIN WAY OR SO RIDGID IN YOUR THINKING EVERY SDELIVERY & EVERY BABY IS DIFFRENT AS IS STAFF AT HOSPITAL & WHAT IF YOUR DELIVERED BY YOUR DRS PARTNER YOUVE NEVER MET THATS HOW IT WAS FOR MY DAUGHTER DOWN BELOW REPLY
I WAS STUCK ON A 100 % NMATURAL BIRTH & NO MEDS & I HAD BK LABOR & IT WAS WORSE THAN MY 2 NATURAL BIRTHS I HAD LATER PUT TOETHER & I WAS ONLY IN LABOR FOR 2 HOURS & HAD A CRASH CSEC CLSSICAL CUT
IF YOU MAKE A BIRTH PLAN BE PREPARED FPOR ALL THINGS IF ID NOT HAD A CRASH CSEC WITH MY 1ST & THE BK LABOR PAIN WAS HORRIBLE SO IF ID NOT HAD A CSEC THERE IS NO WAY I COULD OF CONTINUED ON IN THAT TYPE OF PAIN , WITH LABOR 2 & 3 I WAS SCARED IT WLD BE THE SAME & THEY WERE DIFFRENT NO BK LABOR , MY DAUFHER WAS TURNED WRONG IS WHY I THINK SHE WAS SUNNY SIDE UO & HEARD AFGAINST MY SPINE SHE WAS HEAD DOWN