1. I realize that this may be an exception to the common practice, but I feel the need to point out that Yale (where I gave birth 6 weeks ago) offers VBAC classes through their women’s wellness center.

    What I don’t understand is how c-sections became elective surgeries. I know 2 people who gave birth around the same time as I did, and both opted for c-sections because their babies were “big.” My son was 9lbs. 8oz., and while the doctor said he’d probably be over 8lbs., nobody ever mentioned having a c-section because of it, and I certainly didn’t plan to. The people I know who chose to get c-sections both had babies less than 9lbs. I understand anatomy is different, but it just doesn’t make sense. Never, throughout my 41 hour labor, did the doctors say anything about c-section, and while I was pushing, my doctor even told me “You have an awesomely wide pelvis!” Maybe that’s why nobody mentioned c-section, haha.

    But seriously, I understand that there are medically necessary c-sections, and I also understand that doctors may be over-cautious and impatient, resulting in more c-sections. What I CAN’T understand is why a healthy woman with a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy would CHOOSE a c-section.

  2. What a post for me to read today! My older sister is going in today for a medically necessary induction – she hopes. She has a liver condition that is potentially dangerous to her baby. But he’s breech and large.

    I consider her one of the lucky ones though. Her OB just keeps saying she’ll be a C-section, but due to her condition she’s seeing a perinatologist who is going to try to turn the baby first. So wonderful that the person who will actually be handling her delivery is willing to take the extra steps to give her the chance to deliver vaginally rather than being so quick with the knife.

  3. 3wks ago, I vaginally delivered a 9lb 12oz baby boy. The OB that I was with during my pregnancy insisted that I would have to be a section because I’m not that big and the baby would get stuck due to his size. Due to an incredible twist of fate, when I went into labor (on Easter), my OB was out of town, and one of the midwives took over my care. She said that if I wanted to give it a try for a vaginal, then she would be there every step of the way. Well, after 5hrs of unmedicated labor, and only 2 pushes my son was born with no problem! He didn’t get stuck and I didn’t get torn to the n’th degree. The midwife said she’d delivered bigger babies from smaller women, and that my determination to deliver this baby vaginally, just like I did his siblings, was a major part in my success in doing so.

    I feel so blessed that I had the option of my last birth being an unmedicated vaginal; just like my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd were.

  4. Great post! Thanks for the reminder, I had 2 posts in my drafts waiting to be posted regarding Cesarean Awareness Month. I posted one today and will have a follow up tomorrow about the importance of choosing your birth location!

  5. I really appreciate the shout out Amy! Thank you! And thanks for providing so many other great links to go off and read which I am about to do right now!

  6. As you know I delivered a 10 lbs 4 oz baby at 41.5 weeks under a great deal of pressure from my midwives to get a c-section.

    I did the research, found out that the risks of a large baby were similar to the risks of a c-section…and went with the vaginal birth.

    Thank God for necessary c-sections but the current rate is bad for baby, bad for mom. I’m very concerned that so many women are convinced by doctors that c-sections are “safer”.

  7. I know what you mean.
    I had to have a c-section with my first one I had a lot of problems and whe was bron 6 weeks ealry. Not fun. 8 weeks latter we fanilly got to take her home.

  8. I don’t think this is necessarily a c-section only issue, but an issue of medical care as a whole.

    I think there might be more power to this movement if it joined forces with other groups rallying for common sense medical care.

    Corporations now make these decisions for us and that has got to change.

    Great great post, Amy.

  9. My first child was an emergency c-section, due to getting an infection during my long labor. I went on to have 3 more babies vaginally, and never once was there a question of having another c-section. I have run the gamut from epidural to no med’s at all, and have had hospital to mid-wife deliveries. The c-section was absolutely the most traumatic birth for me.

  10. Does anyone have any tips on how to find a provider and institution that will do a VBAC? I really want to try it with my next pregnancy but the odds are not looking in my favor from what I can tell….in terms of finding the right support team:-(

  11. Back in July of 2007, I was ten days overdue with my first baby. I was induced on July 5th at midnight. After a long day, I finally dilated to 10 cm and was allowed to push. I had an epidural and being my first pregnancy I wasn’t sure how to push effectively. I pushed for 3 hours, and the baby managed to come down to a +1 station. The nurse told me I was doing well, but told the OBGYN that I wasn’t making much progress. I was so discouraged. He offered me a vacuum assist, but after hearing the possible harm it could do to the baby, I opted for a C-section. My daughter was born weighing 9 lbs. She was never in distress, and I wonder if pushing for another hour or so and having a little bit of encouragement would have resulted in a successful vaginal delivery. My medical records indicate failure to progress and cephalopelvic disproportion. I’ve read cephalopelvic disproportion is rare, and if I truly had it, then why would the doctor offer a vacuum assist?!? I’m grateful that my daughter was born healthy, but to this day I still question whether or not my first C-section was necessary. I’ve undergone two more since then because I couldn’t find a doctor in the area in support of VBAC.

  12. I am all for being natural, but, what I think you are not connecting to this story is the right to choose.

    How a woman prefers to handle pregnancy is her business; no one else has a right to chime in on her decision. Now, if it is something doctors or hospitals attempt to force on her, such as VBAC, I understand the distress. However, for women, like myself, who do not want natural birth–the reasoning of which I will not elaborate on because it is none of your business–I think everyone should butt out of that choice and allow her to do what feels best for her body without condemning her decision.

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