- October 2015
- Second Baby
- Mom’s Age: 34
- 4 Days Early
- Under 3 hours from water breaking to first cries (!)
- Vaginal Birth After Cesarian (VBAC)
- Birmingham, Michigan
- Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak Birth Center
- Dr. John Sanborn of Generations OB-GYN
My first born was breech, so I had a scheduled c-section with her. I really wanted to attempt a VBAC with my second. One of my biggest reasons for this was because I wanted to experience labor. I had no idea what labor felt like. My doctors were very supportive and my OB told me to keep an open mind. He said we could definitely attempt a VBAC as long as everything looked good during the pregnancy and labor. He made sure I was aware of the fact that I could still end up with a c-section and a VBAC wasn’t a guarantee. My doctor’s policy for a VBAC was that I had to have an epidural inserted (but I didn’t necessarily need to have the drugs if I wanted to go natural). The reason for this is that if I were to need an emergency c-section, using an epidural is much safer and easier than general anesthesia. They could very easily push drugs into the epidural in prep for the c-section. I had a healthy pregnancy and everything looked great for a VBAC attempt.
The day I went into labor I had been feeling kind of off all day. That evening I started feeling really nauseous and was having back pain which came and went, but was very sporadic and irregular (happening every 8 – 15 minutes). I was lying in bed at 10:15pm Googling “how to tell when you’re in labor” when my water broke. I actually felt a pop. Then it felt like I peed my pants. I was laying in bed, so really it felt like I had wet the bed. I think the intermittent back pain I had been experiencing all afternoon were really contractions. After my water broke, the contractions instantly started coming fast and things got pretty intense quickly. The contractions were getting more painful and coming every 3-4 minutes, so we got ready and rushed to the hospital.
We got to the hospital at 11:00pm and immediately I started feeling the urge to push, although I was told not to. When the nurse checked me in triage, I was already dilated to 7cm. It’s kind of funny because when I got to the hospital they kept saying I was a “trial of labor”. I guess that’s what doctors call a VBAC? I thought it was funny that I was “trying” labor. The contractions were painful, but I think the worst part was the pressure. It felt so different than I ever thought it would. I felt the pressure in my butt, and actually it felt like I had a big 8 pound poop that had to come out even though everyone kept telling me not to push. I didn’t really have a birth plan. I knew I wanted to try a VBAC and then just see what happened. When I got to the hospital, things were progressing so fast that I thought I could try it all natural. But the pressure got to be so bad, I decided I needed the drugs. Although I don’t know what time it was when I got the epidural, it felt like I had to wait forever. Once I got it, the epidural took away the pressure and I actually think it helped give me energy to push since I was able to relax a bit. I definitely felt a lot happier and more relaxed after the epidural.
Shortly after I got the epidural, I kept thinking the baby was about to come out, so the nurse checked and sure enough she saw a head! I pushed for 20 minutes and Alex was born at 1:08am. They immediately put him on my chest. I was ecstatic that I got to see him and hold him right away (as opposed to the c-section). I felt so good afterwards too. I was able to get up and walk around just two hours after he was born. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthing experience. I had a fast and easy (relatively speaking) labor. My recovery was so much easier than with a c-section too. I had a second degree tear but that did not cause me any issues.
Because I was attempting a VBAC my doctor had said to come to the hospital when contractions were 10 minutes apart (instead of the typical 5 minutes) so they could monitor me. Obviously things progressed so fast for me that I didn’t get to the hospital that fast. In general, they want someone attempting a VBAC to get to the hospital earlier.
I can’t speak highly enough of my doctor and nurses. They were so encouraging and comforting. I had an amazing VBAC experience and I am so glad I decided to go that route.
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