www.ican-online.org is a great resource for info and options you may not ever hear of otherwise. There are ladies there who have fought and won to get VBACs in hospitals, plus many options to avoid having to "fight" at all to VBAC. There are women on that list who are nurses, women who are scientists, women who have had VBACs after many sections, and women who have been the statistic, who had the complications everyone fears, and they can all tell it like it is, so that you can get real info to base your decisions on.
Good luck and blessings!
I have no problem helping clients deliver VBAC, at home. My first two VBAC clients were 10 yrs apart, then I started getting VBAC clients one every couple of yrs, Now the VBAC calls are coming in left & right! Its sad that So many hospitals are not doing VBAC's anymore! But I know why. It used to be, "once a C/S always a C/S" according to AMA, so that's what most doctors did, of coarse C/S were a lot rarer then, so it didn't come up that often. But in 1981 (or maybe 1982) The government funded a study of vagina vs repeat C/S. it concluded that "in most cases, VBAC was safer". The docs ignored the study, but midwives listened, and started doing VBAC's. By 1990 or so, the docs were seeing that they were losing clients to midwives, so they finally started doing VBAC's. Trouble is the were very fear driven, not quite trusting the procedure, but not wanting to be loosing all these clients... so they were inducing labor "before baby gets too big". Before this the uterine rupture rate was 0.5% to 2% depending on the type of incision. Once the docs started doing them the rupture rate rose to 5% -10%. I have even done VBACs at 42 weeks with no ruptures, because I don't induce, not even herbally. My d-i-l has had 4 VBACS , the last two at home, because her hospital stopped doing them. She had a 11 lb 5 oz baby after just 5 hrs of labor & a 11 lb 8 oz baby in 7 hrs! Pitocin & Cytotec rupture uterus' not big babies!
Thank you and good luck to you when ever you have your 2nd. Start researching now to save time during your pregnancy.
Did you have a planned section or way it an emergency??
Amy, check out the discussion I just posted about NYS dropping the written practice agreement :)I wish I could find a good midwife here but NY is slowing starting to get rid of them!!! It such a shame.
HI! i've had 2 vbacs. all 3 of my kids have been born at diff hospitals due to vbac bans. i drove 1 hr 1 way for my 2nd vbac.
don't let them talk you out of it. because you have already had a vbac, your success rate is very high.