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30/04/2013 at 18:51
So after months of tying myself in knots over vbac/section birth i hsd decided to try for a vbac. G's birth was very traumatic and ended in emergency section under GA.
So on Monday i posted on here to say i had had a massive gush of fluid in bed. I called the hospital who asked me to go in. I was examined and it turned out it wasnt my waters but just discharge so went home disappointed. Monday night i kept waking up feeling crampy but nothing very regular.
Tuesday i had arranged to meet a friend so still met up with her and spent the afternoon in her garden in the sun with our kids. I was still getting cramping but nothing major. Tuesday night the cramping was every 10 mins and lasting 30-50 secs. I got up at 3.30am and told H i was getting regular contractions and ran a bath. At 6am i got H to put my tens machine on as contractions were getting stronger. At 8.30am we called the inlaws to do the hour's drive to ours to take G for us.
I was pacing and leaning getting contractions regularly every 7 mins or so so i called the hospital. They said i could go in when i wanted but i ran the risk of being sent home if it was too early.
The inlaws arrived at ours at 8.30am and were still there at 10.30!!! I really just wanted to be on my own with H but i couldnt just ask them to go. I just shut myself away upstairs until they went. Contractions carried on getting stronger but they were 4 mins apart then 12 mins so very irregular.
I wasnt sure what to do as i really didnt want to be sent home and also wanted to spend as long as home as possible but on the other hand i wanted to know if anything was actually happening. We decided to go in at 4pm
30/04/2013 at 20:04
Sorry - bfeed break!
So they examined me and i was 6cm - woo hoo!! Was admitted and shown to the labour room. All was going well. Regular contractions and was up and mobile as i wanted even though i was on continuous monitoring. My mw was fab and accommodated most of the things i asked for.
At 8pm we had a shift change and a new mw who was equally fab. Very supportive in all my choices.
At 9pm she examined me. I was still 6cm!! I felt totally gutted. She asked me if i wanted her to break my waters as baby was back to back and her head wasnt pushing on my cervix so i said yes and she did that without too much pain.
30/04/2013 at 20:31
Contractions then really ramped up and i still only had my tens. I went on the gas and air at this point as the pain in my back was unbearable even though i was up and walking about like they suggested. H was a star rubbing my back and applying pressure whilst timing my contractions and mopping me with a cold flannel. He was brilliant and so supportive.
Then at about 11pm i was asking for an epidural and i couldnt take the pain any more. My mw was great and said perhaps she could examine me to see if i was going through transition and was in fact nearly there. So she examined me and.....still 6cm! Totally gutted. So she agreed perhaps an epidural was the best route in case my vbac went out of the window. The epidural went in about 11.30 and this time there were no problems getting it in. I was so relieved. At least then i knew whatever happened i would becawake this time. A consultant then came to see me to discuss options. Basically syntocinon drip or c section. The consultant was great and didnt try and make me decide either way. H, the mw and i discussex G's birth and the fact it all went wrong when the drip went up and i still had a section. After a long chat we decided on a section. I had been stuck at 6cm for more than 7 hours and baby was back to back so even if the syntocinob worked i might not be able to push her out or could easily end up with a bad tear or forceps/ventouse.
The consultant agreed and i went to theatre about midnight.
It was so relaxed compared to last time. No rushing about etc.
P was born at 1.36am weighing 8lbs exactly. My lovely mw made sure i got skin to skin straight away before she was even weighed. She laid across me and we were just looking at each other - it was amazing. H cut her cord too. Mw made sure lots of photos were taken and P was then assessed and weighed and i was bfing in theatre within 30 mins of her being born.
So although it ended in a section it was an amazing and positive experience and i got most of what i asked for in my birth plan.
I cant thank the staff at Medway Hospital enough. They were all just fantastic!
30/04/2013 at 20:37
I'm glad this birth was a lot more relaxed and positive, congratulations
30/04/2013 at 21:01
So glad that although it didn't go quite as you wanted it was still positive. Well done and congratulations again x
30/04/2013 at 21:11
Though you didn't get your vbac, it sounds like you had a really positive experience. Many congratulations x
30/04/2013 at 21:17
So glad you had a good positive experience this time round. Congratulations again!
30/04/2013 at 21:36
Thank you, it's a very interesting and positive read for someone who is hoping for a vbac later this year.
I'm so glad it was a positive experience for you, even if it wasn't the vbac you hoped for you still managed to get the outcome you wanted - baby here safely and awake to enjoy the moment.
30/04/2013 at 21:48
When I read you had had a c-section I was really worried for you, knowing what you went through last time so am really pleased to read that it was such a positive experience for you.
I really appreciate you taking the time to write your birth story as I am in a very similar position to you. I had decided on an ELCS but am now beginning to wonder about VBAC instead, and actually have a second appt with the VBAC clinic. Out of interest, do you regret trying for the VBAC at all ?
30/04/2013 at 22:13
Hi JB. I definitely dont regret trying for the vbac. Personally i would have always wondered what if, if i hadnt. I did everything i could and gave it my best shot x
30/04/2013 at 22:28
what a lovely story its so nice to hear no pressure being put on a mum to be. congrats again on your new arrival x
30/04/2013 at 22:39
Lovely birth story, I'm glad it was much more positive x
01/05/2013 at 01:36
How have you typed that up already?! It sounds very positive, am so pleased it was such a better experience this time x
01/05/2013 at 07:40
Lovely story, enjoyed reading it :-)
01/05/2013 at 16:06
Thanks everyone! X
01/05/2013 at 18:39
Thanks for sharing MM. Glad that you had a much better experience this time round x
02/05/2013 at 00:53
Sounds like you had a really positive experience this time x
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