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Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC)


Vaginal Birth After C-Section (VBAC)

Did you have a VBAC or are you planning one (even after more than one C-section)? Please share your stories and experiences here.

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Latest Activity: Jun 12, 2013

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wanting VBAC after 4 C sections. am i crazy???

Started by mamatrujillo. Last reply by shio39 Jun 12, 2013. 13 Replies

Hello ladies! I am new to this website as well as this forum but i am desperately looking for words of wisdom and support. I have had 4 prior c sections. most recent was dec  2010. My first pregnancy…Continue

Successful VBAC

Started by Mommyof4. Last reply by Lisa Smith Dec 6, 2012. 1 Reply

This is a story of success for all you c-section moms out there that want to have a natural delivery.My first baby was born completely naturally (induced but with no pain killers, etc) in 2007…Continue

Thinking about VBAC for baby #2

Started by lauren brown. Last reply by LSSmom Nov 13, 2012. 7 Replies

We are about to start trying for baby #2 in the next couple of months.  I had to have a cesarian with my first because i wouldn't dilate past 3cm.  I am very interested in doing a VBAC but my husband…Continue

Losing hope :(

Started by Becoming SuperMommy. Last reply by Lisa Smith Jun 11, 2012. 1 Reply

I'm trying for a VBAC, but I'm losing hope.I'm at 40w2d, and the baby still hasn't dropped... and she's breech.I keep trying to talk my OB into giving me more time to flip the baby, and he keeps…Continue

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Comment by Crystal Gomez on September 29, 2012 at 6:56pm

Hi mommies!  I'm new to this group!  I had a c-section this year with my first baby.  I plan and pray that in my future pregnancies that I will have a vaginal delivery.  I look forward to reading your experiences about VBAC.  I pray the best for all the mommies anticipating there baby's arrival in the near future!

Comment by Sara Maccharles on April 28, 2012 at 12:04am

My name is Sara and I just turned 27; i am new to mommy networking, but really hope to make some connections.  I am about to have my fourth..  my son is turning 1 tomorrow, my oldest daughter will be 10 on May 13 th, my expected lil girl will be here around June 1st, and my 2 nd daughter will be 9 July 24 th.  I had origionally planned to have my oldest daughter through induction, but ended up having an emergency c-section, the second daughter was a c-section, and my son was a scheduled c-section, but was born 20 min. after my water broke, so, he was an all natural birth, and my lil girl that is due at the end of May has a scheduled c-section, but we think she'll also be early.   Their dad and I are trying to reconcile after 8 and 1/2 years apart and it truly has taken a toll on our kids.  I look forward to sharing and reading further.

Comment by Becoming SuperMommy on March 26, 2012 at 5:33pm

Hi there!  I just joined the site.

I'm planning on a VBAC- right now I'm 29+ with my second pregnancy, third kiddo.

I never really wrote my twins' birth story, but I allude to it here:

Emergency c-section with transverse twins... I never had much of a chance to have that first vaginal delivery.  I'm confident that this time will be different!

Comment by Erika, Star Mom on January 11, 2012 at 7:42pm

Oh yes it's AWFUL! It's near impossible to stay "completely still" like they tell you to, sitting up on the edge of the bed with a nurse pushing on you when you're contracting about ever minute.

Comment by Erika, Star Mom on January 8, 2012 at 7:12am

With my first child I wanted a natural delivery, but had to get induced a week early due to some slight blood pressure issues. I didn't want an epi, I went 8 hours without it and gave in.

Well, when they did the epi, instead of talking me through it, it was shoved into my back without warning, I jumped a little, you're not supposed to do that, and the needle I guess went in a little too far. 

This caused a spinal fluid leak that gave me the most debilitating headache of my life. I've had migranes and these are a zillion times worse, and the only relief from them is lying down, which isn't easy when you have a newborn. 

I went home with this headache and went back to the ER to have it diagnosed, they did a blood patch, and within hours, the headache I had been suffering with for four days was gone. 

I want a VBAC, because I never ever EVER want an epi again, so my point is, there is more than one reason to have a VBAC, and this is the reason I want one.

Comment by Lynette Dee Mccloskey Horner on January 4, 2012 at 12:24pm

I had a VBAC in Sept. Other than my epi not working, I had no problems he was born at 9lbs 2 ozs. I had to have a csection with the one before that because he refused to turn. I had 4 previous vag before that so I was upset, I was so miserable after my C section I knew I wanted  a VBAC, I had to go to a whole county away to do it.


Comment by Tiff on December 26, 2011 at 2:41pm

I had a c section the first time after being in labor for a long time and pushing for a long time.  My boy was 8lbs 13oz and they thought he was too big.  This new doctor assured me that the second baby wouldn't be as big and I wouldn't labor as long.  She was a VBAC specialist (I ended up with her not out of choice but by accident).  She told me we could measure the baby ahead of time and if she was too big, we could do a c section.  We did measure her and I knew she was going to be big based on the half pound per week theory.  My doc insisted she wouldn't be that big and it would be fine.  She was 9lbs 9ounces.  I begged for a c section when the nurses were frustrated with my lack of progress pushing after an hour.  They refused.  They kept telling me to take a deep breath before each push and I would absolutely get too winded to push.  They turned down the epidural to pretty much off as many hospitals do. The nurses kept telling me to be quiet every time I made a noise.  They said I should "use the energy to push."  In the end, I stopped listening to them and just started screaming at the top of my lungs which actually helped.   It was horribly painful and I was so angry.  I am still recovering from the birth.  I don't see healing happening any time soon.  I just don't know what the advantage is over a c section in terms of healing.  Too many people place such high importance on the "birth experience"  I think this is totally irrelevant and what is important is that you have your new son or daughter and your life with them.  There is no extra risk for the baby with a c section.  What is the point of VBAC?  So that we can feel like good people?  I just don't get it.  In my experience, the only purpose was to add another experience to my doctor's resume for her weird political bragging rights. 

Comment by Tiff on December 15, 2011 at 2:49pm

Hi all!  i did a VBAC on November 9th and I'm not at all happy about it.  Did anyone else have a similar experience?

Comment by ltborst on September 22, 2011 at 9:39pm

I recently had a SUCCESSFUL VBAC with my 2nd child.  With my first I had an emergency C-Section and never got to the stage of pushing.  With the VBAC I was a little nervous as to if I would know what to do and have the courage to do it knowing the risks.  Having a VBAC was the most amazing experience and the recovery is so much easier that a C-section. 

Comment by WifeAsWeKnowIt on June 21, 2011 at 10:59pm
Thanks smw!  Sorry I'm just seeing this, I lost all my favorites and a friend just reminded me to come back!  I had a VBA2C in December.  It was 86+ hours of labor, water broken for 32+ hours, stalled at 7 cm for 18 hours, and about 10 minutes of pushing (I was DONE! LOL).  He was 9 lbs 13 oz and it was an AMAZING experience.  Recovery was worth all 86 hours of excrutiating pain- I was at about 90% within 24 hours vs. feeling like I could barely walk for a week with my c-sections.

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