Reply Hey Mom! Learn more about the Gerber Life Insurance Grow-Up Plan!
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-23-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
Velvetpage
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 43
VBAC? What VBAC?

Hello! I have a question for those of you who have/are trying a VBAC.

My hospital required that I go for a consultation with an ob/gyn, though my primary care has been through a midwife. When I went to that appointment last Monday, the ob/gyn suggested that I book an elective c-section for 41 weeks. If I hadn't gone into labour on my own by then, I'd have the c-section. I reluctantly agreed.

Well, they got back to me on Friday afternoon, and told me that my elective section is booked, not for the fifteenth or sixteenth (I hit 41 weeks on the sixteenth) but for the tenth. That's the day after I'm due.

I'm really upset about this. It doesn't seem like enough time - my chances of having a VBAC just decreased by about half because the timeline is so short.

What I want to know, and plan to ask my midwife tomorrow, is: 1) if I end up being induced as I was last time, are the risks of rupture any greater after 41 weeks than they were on my due date? How long will the midwife let me go before advising an induction? What are the stats on serious, long-lasting complications (i.e. loss of fertility, death) from a uterine rupture and emergency c-section, and are these risks increased by waiting longer than 41 weeks?

Anyone been here, or have any information on these questions? I've been stewing about this all weekend.
Velvetpage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2006, 08:12 PM   #2
Samantha's Avatar
Samantha
Goodness gracious he's hot!
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 9,372
My Mood:
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

I would call them and say "HECK NO! I want the c-section schedualed for the 16th or within a COUPLE days, not 6!"

NO WAY would I agree to doing it on the 10th...with that being the day AFTER your due date!
Samantha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2006, 08:16 PM   #3
toryandrew's Avatar
toryandrew
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,137
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

I did a VBAC for DS2 and they told me that getting induced is very dangerous for a VBAC and not allowed because it creates far more stress on the post- c/s uterus. I would call and try to get the date pushed back to the max to allow time for you to go naturally. At least when I was trying for my VBAC the choice was go naturally or go for the c/s no option to be induced.
__________________
Tory Mom to: Ciaran 12/07/02, Eaghan 06/17/05 and Astrid 03/28/08
http://www.frostfishcovesoaps.com
http://www.hyenacart.com/frostfishcovesoaps
toryandrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2006, 08:19 PM   #4
hfitz5051's Avatar
hfitz5051
Let the rabbits wear glasses!
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,408
My Mood:
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

Remember it is YOUR body and your baby. They can't "make" you do it on that day.
__________________
hfitz5051 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2006, 09:03 PM   #5
Velvetpage
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 43
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

The problem is that there are only two scheduled c-sections per day, and most are booked weeks or months in advance. Basically, I waited too long for the consult and the dates I wanted are booked up. So my options are a) take the tenth; b) screw it and wait until I go into labour, knowing that I may end up with a c-section anyway, possibly an emergency one.

My doctor and midwife both say that induction with the cervical gel is absolutely verboten, but induction with oxytocin is not. If I need an induction, that's how they'll do it.
Velvetpage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2006, 09:20 PM   #6
Knittress's Avatar
Knittress
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,754
My Mood:
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

I PM'ed you some info.
Knittress is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2006, 05:09 AM   #7
Velvetpage
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 43
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

I've been told that certain kinds of induction raise the risk more than others. A prostoglandin gel on the cervix, for example, is a complete no-no. A pitocin/oxytocin drip raises risks slightly but not enough that they'd never do it.
Velvetpage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2006, 07:29 AM   #8
fpww_rachael's Avatar
fpww_rachael
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Austin, MN
Posts: 409
My Mood:
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

I had a VBAC with DD2 this past December. I switched doctors around 28-30 weeks because my original doctor, who did my DD1 c-section would only give me negative statistics about VBAC. He had done many, but I think he was just getting old and lazy. Anyway, he had a c-section scheduled for the day after my due date as well. I switched to an ob-gyn specialist group, something my sister(she's a nurse), told me to do if I was going to attempt the VBAC. I thank God every day for enabling me to do this and allowing me to get in - sometimes they do not take patients past 26 weeks. Not only that, a couple weeks after I became a patient with my new doctor, I found out I had gestational diabetes. Now I was really worried about a VBAC as I may have a bigger baby than my first! My first DD was 8 1/2 lbs. Anyway, long story short, I had started dilating a month early, and she induced me a week early by breaking my waters - I delivered my DD2 a few hours later and she was just as big as my first daughter!
One thing my new doctor told me was that they refuse to induce using pitocin. It highly increases the risk of uterine rupture. PM me if you have any questions! Good luck!

Rachael
__________________
Rachael; Wife to Bradley, SAHM to Shelby(2/04), Lily(VBAC-12/05), Kelsey(VBAC-10/07), and Hailey(VBAC-7/09)
I earn Amazon gift cards here: http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Reeser6
fpww_rachael is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2006, 06:26 AM   #9
MistyP's Avatar
MistyP
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 676
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

All I can say is be glad they will even consider a VBAC!! The hospital and most of the othe hospitals around here will not do them. I have seen them section a patient that came in in labor at 8 cm!! The only hope you have of having a VBAC is to come in on the weekend in real labor and going fast and hope that the anestheologist is busy and the MD is at home or something.

I know Cytotec is against the recommendations due to risk of uterine rupture but pitocin can be controlled so some docs will use it.

I know the unknown is stressful, I hope you go into labor on your own and have an easy delivery!
MistyP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2006, 08:37 PM   #10
hlahickman
Registered Users
seller
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 285
Re: VBAC? What VBAC?

I agre with the post above - induction is acceptable for a VBAC.
But what I really want to say is that YOU have control over this. I don't even understand WHY docs feel the need to schedule that c-section. Had you not had the first c-section, they wouldn't be saying go ahead and schedule surgery for a week after your due date! I'm not pg yet, but I REFUSE to schedule a c-section for any week. I'm seeing a midwife, delivering at a birth center and doing it on my own terms!

Sorry - it just hits a sore spot that VBACs are "supported" yet things are being done to undermine them even happening. UGH

hope it works out for you
hlahickman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Copyright 2005 - 2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.