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  • Kit25 09-23-11 | 08:49 PM
  • My first son was breech and 2 weeks late. I was induced and ended up having a c-section. He is 10 yrs old now and i am pregnant with my 2nd. Went to my dr yesterday and she asked if i would like to try a vbac or go with another c-section. Have looked at both ways and there are risks with either one. i don't know what to do, almost thinking on just waiting it out. All i know for sure is i want to do what is best/safest for the baby. My fiance said its my choice but he refuses to be in the room if i do the c-section, i think hes squirmish about it. Anyone out there who has had both?
    Any suggestions? I guess maybe the vbac scares me more since i have no idea what to expect, although dr says i am a good candidate for it. thanks for any input !!
  • Mommy2KNIH Mommy2KNIH's Avatar 09-24-11 | 01:17 AM
  • I know lots of women who have had a successful VBAC. I think since you have only had one C-section, you are a good candidate for a VBAC and I am sure your doctor wont lie to you. The more C-sections you have, the weaker your uterus gets and that is when there can be complications. I would say that if you really want to try a VBAC and your doctor says he thinks it will be OK then I would go ahead and do it. If you have another C-section this time and then go ahead and have another baby, then your chance of having a successful VBAC decreases so if you really want to try it, this would be the best time to do it. Good Luck with whatever you decide to do
  • rudolphia rudolphia's Avatar 09-24-11 | 09:38 AM
  • I haven't had both, but I have a number of friends who have done the VBAC successfully. In my experience talking to people on these boards, doctors are VERY cautious about allowing VBACs. If there is any chance you wouldn't do well, your doctor would discourage it.

    I can tell you that I've had two kids the "regular" way, and it's no big deal. If you're worried about pain, get an epidural. You feel almost nothing. My first was with an epidural, and it was like a party in the delivery room. I didn't feel any pain until his head was coming out, and that was over pretty fast. With my second, I didn't have time for an epidural, and that wasn't even horrible. The recovery was better with no epidural than with the epidural, for whatever reason.

    One thing I can promise you is that the aftermath of childbirth is MUCH better when you go VBAC. You can lift things, you can walk and climb stairs better, and you're not in pain for weeks.

    Ultimately, it's your decision, and you should choose what you're comfortable with. Your fiance should know that if he's in the room, he won't be able to see anything. There's a drape blocking the view of your midsection, so he won't see a thing if he's by your head.
  • Mommy2KNIH Mommy2KNIH's Avatar 09-25-11 | 12:47 PM
  • Very good article!!!