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  1. How lucky I am to have been inspired to let go of my control. To let God work His wonders through me. How blessed we are to have faith in a God who is intimately involved with every nuance of our lives and guides us and protects us all the way through. Just give your full trust in Him. Everything is under control.

  2. Hi Lauren, I had a VBAC in my mid forties. The C-section and recovery was a piece of cake. During labor and many many weeks later…, I had wished I had opted for another C-section. But the experience from my VBAC is priceless! From my experience, if I were younger and had another pregnancy, I’d switch back to Team-C. I think the docs are right though, if baby comes early, try it. If nearing or past due date, consider the baby’s size. Best wishes! 🙂

  3. I think the choice you are at is the best choice for you because it feels right to you. I had a scheduled c-section with my first due to placenta previa. With my second child (4 years after my first) my doctor said it was up to me what I would like to do. We scheduled a date and time for the OR and figured that if baby decided to come before that day that we would go with labour and delivery. It turned out that my little girl wanted to come into the world early and I went into labour before my scheduled c-section date. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), they found quite early that the platelets were only half of what they should be. My doctor said I should go with the c-section at that point as they could better control bleeding this way because there was always that 1% chance of something rupturing during VBAC. It was scarier for me the second time around just because it was more of an emergency but I found comfort in the fact that I knew what would happen and what the recovery would be. There is always a fear of the unknown but we have to make the decision that feels right for us and go with it.

  4. I’m In the exact same position as you right now. My first baby was an emergency c-section after being overdue, very long unproductive labor, pitocin, sunny side up baby who got stuck, etc. Now I’m 27 weeks pregnant with my second.
    Watch the documentary The Business of Being Born (and if you can check out to continuation ‘More Business of Being Born’). The first documentary is available on Netflix, you may have to search a bit harder to find the second one. But it is SO WORTH IT. It will give you a true sense of the way things work in Labor and Delivery units, the real statistics on induction, c-sections, uterine rupture, etc. And it will give you advice and stories from both sides of the coin.
    I can’t tell you what you should do because it is a personal choice and we all try to choose what we feel is best for our bodies and our babies. But personally, I’m doing everything I can to try for a VBAC.
    Good luck!

  5. We’re in the same situation. Luckily we still have time since I’m only 16 weeks along. My first pregnancy ended in a emergency c-section because I didn’t dilate further then 3cm. I was induced because of early stages of pregnancy-poisoning and my body wasn’t ready to let go yet.
    My husband is also on #teamC-section, because it’s “quick and easy”. My recovery was fast and close to painless, and he thinks that it will be the same if we do one this time.

    I’m not so sure of this, because now we have a 2,5 year old running around. Who obviously wants attention and wants to be picked up now and then. And I would be in the hospital for at least 5 days, instead of a couple of hours after vbac.

    If my pregnancy is anything like my first, than I don’t have a choice, but for now I’m thinking vbac.

  6. Lauren,
    I wanted to let you know that I had a similar birthing scenario as yours and am happy to say that I had a successful VBAC. I had a completely different set of doctors who didn’t necessarily encourage me having a VBAC due to the possible (all be it small) chance of fatality. I was determined to not let the odds scare me and to find a hospital that would allow me to have the birthing experience I so desperately desired. I think you should just go with the flow and see how your body reacts. Every pregnancy is different so the fact that you didn’t experience labor on your own the first time around doesn’t mean it won’t happen with this pregnancy. Go with your gut… I did and it was successful.

  7. Hey, I would try for a VBAC. I have 7 kids, with last 5 by c/s. I wanted a VBAC, but baby turned breech at 36 weeks and a version isn’t recommended with c/s history.

    But, ultimately each person has different reasons for their decision. I had 2 previous uncomplicated vaginal deliveries. My section was emergent for what we already knew was going to be an NICU baby. He couldn’t tolerate labor, so we had to get him on out.

    I see your husband’s point of view, but feel you will question your decision if you don’t at least try. Maybe you guys could come up with a game plan. Agree on how many hrs you will give it. Or, schedule c/s for 41 weeks and give your body that whole time to start labor. If you go into labor naturally chances of c/s or less than an induction.

  8. I have now had 3 C-sections. The first one came after 20 hours of labor (not productive enough), with a baby in distress. Second came after water was broken all day, with zero progress. Third was 100% scheduled because the due date came and went, with nothing happening. The doctors weren’t ever opposed to a VBAC, but they wanted me to have realistic expectations of what my chances were of having labor progress normally when it didn’t before.

    Don’t worry! No matter what happens the next time around, you have a better idea what to expect, and you won’t have the same level of fear and anxiety. Good luck to you!

  9. I had 6 vbacs and 1 vba2c. I thought that the csections were more difficult to recover from. The biggest challenge during pregnancy was patiently waiting as my “due date” would come and go-most of my babies were born 10+ days after their due date. Make sure your doctor or midwife is truly vbac friendly and willing to wait for your body to labor. A doula would be a great support for you and your husband as well. Best wishes!

  10. Hi Lauren, I had a very similar first baby delivery story and opted to try for the VBAC the second time. I was unable to find anyone who had a similar situation to mine, so I just wanted to drop you a quick note and say that I had a successful VBAC the second time. I actually had a different set of doctors the second time (due to a move between pregnancies) and they were all encouraging me to try for the VBAC. I’m not so sure that my first set of doctors would have encouraged me to try. In the end, I was so glad I did! Good luck to you in whichever route you choose.

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