AmackerMama2 wrote:My first babe was an emergency c-section after 38 hours of labor. I would LOVE to have a VBAC with this babe (due June 12th) but NONE of the hospitals in my area support VBAC's. If i want to be able to try for a VBAC, I'd have to drive a minimum of 3 hours to find a hospital that did. After my first labor, I don't know if it's smart to try for a home delivery. My pelvis is too tipped to fit a baby through. My first was only 7.5 lbs. if she got that stuck, how can I be sure this one wont get stuck as well?
It's very rare for a baby to truly not fit. Your body makes the perfect baby for you. now there are things that can impede baby's path through the birth canal. Things such as artificial rupture of membranes when baby is in a poor position, epidurals that don't allow you to change positions and move in labor and during pushing. Also, a twisted uterus from misalignment can effect baby's position. I STRONGLY encourage you to find a webster certified chiropractor and get in ASAP and visit them regularly throughout pregnancy. Second, I encourage you to look for a local chapter of ICAN. I would venture to bet there are more options than you know in your area I also would look for a doula. They can be an invaluable asset. Even if you don't end up hiring one, they might be able to help you find another option.
In the end, the bottom line is they cannot force you to have a cesarean without your consent. You don't have to show up for the one they schedule for you. They can't charge you for it, they can't come to your door and drag you in short of getting a court order, which would likely be difficult for them to get if you and your pregnancy/baby are healthy. If you are comfortable with saying where you live, maybe we can help you find out some more options! Or, we can get you in touch with someone who can maybe help you challenge your local VBAC ban. As for the 3 hours, sure that doesn't sound fun. BUt I know people who traveled 3 hours and even some that traveled up to 4-5 hours to get a VBAC and they all have said they don't regret it one bit. Of course, it isn't ideal and who wants to do that....but who wants to have a major unnecessary surgery too? Also not a very fun option.
We are here for you! We want to help you! I was an ICAN leader for several years before I moved and do a lot of VBAC/birth Advocacy work, as does Kari! I used to be a leader on this board with her for quite some time....and I might just have to rejoin her as I travel this journey
Please let us know what we can do to help! If you don't want to post where you are from here, you can always private message one of us!
~Kristen, mommy to
Emma 6.28.06 C/S Modified footling breech
Kaden 3.13.09 Hospital VBAC after 55 hr nat labor
Braxton 5.20.11 HBAC after 24 hr nat labor
*4 angels in heaven