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Thanks for your reply. Hope the chasing up of your letter is going well. When are you due?
I found out the other day I'm pregnant again!!! Straight off the back of the 2nd miscarriage!! So I'm going to get down to some serious research before my booing appointment at the end of this month Thinking positive
16/05/2012 at 16:34
16/05/2012 at 17:19
Glad you've got the full support from the head of midwifery! That's brilliant. Will be very interested to hear how you get on if you want to post about it all.
I just had yet another miscarriage That's us on 3 now, so have been referred to the recurrent miscarriage clinic. But, if/when things progress further I still plan on following the homebirth route. xx
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01/06/2012 at 21:30
Feebs that seems crazy to me that you are getting this kind of response from your consultant about having a waterbirth after successful VBAC. Has the consultant read the recent research review which puts risk of scar rupture much lower than was previously thought?
I agree that if you make a lot of noise and don't back down you are more likley to get what you want. Ultimately it is your choice anyway but if you have obstructive professionals it can feel like anything but. You know the risks, it's your body, your birth, your choice. They might not like it but they can cover their backs by documenting all conversations - maybe you should do the same and write a letter about lack of support for your informed choices! Informed choice is a buzzword in maternity care just now but it seems a lot of the time only lip service is paid to it, and in reality your choices are limited to what the individual healthcare practioner is comfortable with.
Good luck with your upcoming arrival, it would be lovely to hear about it afterwards if you feel like coming on here and sharing
Interesting about the NICE guidelines Tashua, will keep an eye out for that! Hope all well with you
05/06/2012 at 19:17
06/06/2012 at 10:16
so sorry to hear that you have lost 4 babies, what an awful time you've been having. you sound very positive despite the knocks you've taken, heres hoping you have some happy news soon and a sticky baby.
i agree the evidence with previous caesarean does not warrant the over reaction by health professionals. as someone who works in the field though, and not wanting to sound negative as i know a lot of the replies have been very supportive - health professionals are frightened of uterine rupture because they've seen it happen, and they've seen the terrible effects. Not trying to frighten you but when it happens (and i agree its very unlikely) your baby's heart rate takes a sudden dive, this might not be picked up by intermittent monitoring for another 15 minutes, and then there is a tranfer into hospital too.
Ive seen ladies have lovley vbacs in the pool with continual monitoring (there are machines that can do this in water now). I think there are ways to achieve a low risk birth without being far from help should it (rarely, admittedly) be needed. i know it depends on the support of your local hospital but im sure they'd rather try and go the extra mile for you.
I understand how horrid caesarean is and why you want to avoid this. Thankfully in my area caesarian for previous caesarian is now very rare, usually women are encouraged to try VBAC and most want to. But the continual monitoring is still important. Hope this point of view is not too unpopular! x
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