Posts Tagged ‘VBAC’

Making the Plan: VBAC and other issues

Monday, September 12th, 2011 by by

Finally having hit the 12 week mark in this pregnancy, I was able to have an appointment with my actual doctor to discuss all the ins and outs ahead of us. Before then, appointments are mostly to get things done: blood work, dating ultrasounds, that sort of thing, all handled by the nurses.

My doctor, whom I absolutely love, walked in with a little gleeful “Oh my gosh, Kelly, I was so excited to see your name on my list last night!” We have bonded, she and I, largely because we just get each other. We see a lot of things in the same light, we handle things much the same way, and we just generally speak the same language. Because we get each other, she doesn’t talk down to me or over me like some doctors do, and my appointments are mostly us chatting and covering things on a very equal level. She ended the appointment by giving me a hug and saying she thinks we’re going to have a lot of fun with this pregnancy… Can’t beat that!

There was, of course, a laundry list of things on both of our minds that we needed to take care of along with the usual checking of weight, blood pressure, and baby’s heartbeat. Incidentally, I ended up getting another ultrasound; when she went to check the heartbeat, she warned me that – for whatever reason – she has a hard time finding heartbeats at 12, 16, and 30 weeks. Of course, she couldn’t find mine, so after less than a minute of trying she just chuckled. “That’s enough, I’m ADD. I’m not concerned, but I’m not letting you go home yet either – let’s just pop over for a quick scan.” Sure enough, baby was just demanding a photo shoot, floating upside-down (making it hard to find the heartbeat with a doppler) behind an anterior placenta (meaning it’s on the front of my stomach, between the baby and anyone trying to check on it). Eric was the same way, so that works for me.

Because my dating ultrasound measured 5 days off my due date, it was left to the doctor to decide what to do about it. She decided to leave it alone, so I’m officially due March 12, no backsies.

We discussed delivery options for this baby, and we agreed to do a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). She said I’m a great candidate for it, and there’s no reason I’d need a second c-section (unless something pops up later in pregnancy, of course). I’ve already delivered a baby “normally,” my c-section was due to Danny being breech, I don’t have a history of having trouble in labor… There’s no reason not to, really. Some people cite some increased risks with VBAC, but in her words, (more…)

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Who’s Birth is This Anyway???

Friday, February 4th, 2011 by by

So, for the third time since becoming pregnant, I’m looking for an OB.  I had one in Texas who I only saw once thanks to the move to Mississippi (would not have gone back to her anyway) then I had my irreplaceable, awesome OB in Oregon while visiting and now I’m back in Mississippi, with a two-digit countdown to D-Day, looking for an OB.  I met with contender number one yesterday.  She had a brand new office that smelled intensely of rubber cement or some other toxic fume.  Her nurse was a bit concerning, as she didn’t understand what I was talking about when I listed 5mg of folic acid as something I take regularly.  It went downhill from there.  I finally met the Dr., who was actually a really nice lady.  I really, really wanted to like her and her views. I wanted her to be “the one” and to know that I am going to get the VBAC that I want.  What exactly does that VBAC look like?  Well, a lot like Naomi’s birth (maybe just a TAD shorter and minus the back labor).  No induction, no pain meds, minimal monitoring, poking and prodding and the ability to move around freely to cope with the pain.

I told the Dr. that I was looking for another VBAC.  Could I VBAC with her?  Absolutely.  Score, team!!!  I was thrilled!  Then I asked her if her protocol for a VBAC is different from that of a normal patient.  Not always, but it would be for me.  (This is the part where a giant knot showed up in my throat and tears started stinging (more…)

I know, I suck!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 by by

I totally fell off the blogging bandwagon, but working, having a three year old, and being preggo keeps me so busy.  I just haven’t made the time to sit down and write about my life.  I’m now just over 32 weeks pregnant and I’m starting to feel like a beached whale.  I have actually been really happy with the amount of weight I’ve gained.  But I still feel huge.  As of my last appointment at just over 30 weeks, I’ve only gained 6 pounds.  Given that I’m not exactly a thin girl, my doctors are very happy about where I’m at.  With 10 weeks to go (as of that point), if I continued to gain a pound a week, I’d end up gaining a total of 16 pounds.  Pretty darn close to the 15 pound goal I had.  My OBs still think I’m a great candidate for the VBAC.  They want me to have an ultrasound at 36 weeks to measure how big he is, but as long as he hasn’t flipped, they’re happy for me to continue my plans of going for a VBAC.

Woo Hoo!

Deuce is one heck of an active baby.  I think he’s either half octopus or I should go ahead and enroll him in gymnastics now.  I’m not sure how else it would be possible for him to kick so many different areas unless he’s got extra limbs or is quite flexible.  I’ve been having tons of Braxton-Hicks contractions.  I’m really hoping that they’re getting my body nice and geared up for an easy labor.  HA!  Well, it’s a nice thought anyway!

Junior is three now.  He’s an amazing kid.  He’s fully potty trained, except at night, and a total joy to be around.  He totally cracks me up.  One of his new favorite phrases is “uh, I’m not so sure…”  He loves Knock, Knock jokes and I think he’ll still be singing Jingle Bells next Thanksgiving!  He can read all of his letters and knows the sounds most of them make.  So, now we’re getting ready to start with writing them.  And he’s just so freaking cute!

Hubs is wonderful and I can’t wait to see him with our next baby.  I know he’s super excited to be a daddy again.  My house is about to be even more blue!

Sorry guys!  I promise I’ll try and update more regularly!

Childbirth – It should be a magical moment every time

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 by by

Since I have been part of JustMommies for over 5 years I have seen a lot of discussions about childbirth.  I have had two medicated vaginal births, an emergency csection, an unmedicated vbac, a really long and arduous childbirth, a really fast labor, and childbirth that didn’t go according to plan more than once.  I think I have had a taste of it all.

It has taken me time to realize how magical childbirth is no matter how it happens.  After I had my son, I remember defensively telling everyone about how long his childbirth was and having to explain to everyone why I ended up getting an epidural – like I really had to explain this.  Lots of women get epidurals and they shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it, but for some reason we do – or I did.

When I had Angie, I didn’t even bother trying.  After all, my first attempt (more…)

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Finding a VBAC-friendly doctor

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 by by

Last week I set out on a mission to find a VBAC-friendly OBGYN.  I just have to tell you.  Being a csection mommy sometimes makes you feel like you have an STD or something.  No doctor wants to touch you with a ten foot pole.  Well they do if they can cut you open.

I have a very open mind when it comes to childbirth.  If I were to need a csection again I would have one in a heartbeat.  I would not put my desire for natural childbirth above my baby’s health or my health.  But, I have had three vaginal births already and one VBAC already so I feel that I am the perfect candidate to have a VBAC.

Last pregnancy I settled for having a scheduled csection because   (more…)