Thursday, October 30, 2014

My VBAC Story

My adventure begins with my third pregnancy.  Having had two beautiful boys via c-section, I never felt like I was missing anything because I hadn't pushed a baby out of my vagina, however, when I became pregnant for a third time and started doing research, I was very frightened by the prospect of a 3rd c-section.  The more I read about repeat c-sections, the more frightened I became.

What is really scary about my journey, is how my then OB refused to consider a VBAC based on a relatively small increase in the chance of uterine rupture, but offered no comparative stats on the dangers of a repeat c-section.  When I asked if my OB knew of any practice in town that would considered a VBAC after 2 c-sections, I was given a very small, hypothetical list.  Unfortunately, since they wouldn't do a VBAC after 2 c-sections, they didn't educate themselves on who would. 

To put it mildly, I was very disappointed.

After doing more research, I found the midwives at VCU, and I was so grateful that I did.  While they could not guarantee a VBAC (no provider could), they were willing to give it a go, which is all I was asking for.