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  #1  
March 30th, 2010, 10:28 PM
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Hi mommas, I am new to this group but I was wondering if anyone else has any experience with a vacuum assisted delivery? Specifically I was wondering if having one vacuum assisted delivery ups my chances of having a repeat?
I'd like to do my labor differently next time around and even go to a different doc and hospital to deliver but I'm kind of afraid that because I have already had one, in which DS had a shoulder dystocia, that my chances of having to have another and risking another shoulder dystocia have increased.
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March 31st, 2010, 08:56 AM
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Good news! The risks associated with shoulder dystocia and instrumental delivery are almost entirely based on interventions in labor. A tiny tiny tiny portion of women have some anatomical reason for needing an instrumental delivery, but they almost all involved pelvic deformity. So unless you have contracted malaria, have a bone disease or early onset osteoporosis, have broken your pelvis, wore a corset thru puberty, or some other really rare condition - your first birth does not in any way determine the outcome of your subsequent births. What does determine it are the choices you make throughout your pregnancy (like which doc or hospital to use) and in labor. Tell us more about your story and what you'd like to be different next time, and we can help you figure out how to minimize your chances of a shoulder dystocia.

And I'm Danielle (27) mommy to Claire (8.12.09) and one of the cohosts of this board. We are so excited to be getting new members and I'm looking forward to getting to know you!
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March 31st, 2010, 05:21 PM
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Welcome! I'm Chelsea (22) and the other co-host here!! Danielle said it very well. We actually have a member on here (Cheet_Oh) who doesn't post all that frequently, but her first 3 births were vacuum assisted and then her 4th was not, so it is probably just luck of the draw. I honestly know diddily squat about forceps and vacuum deliveries so I won't offer much more!
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April 1st, 2010, 09:24 AM
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Hi! My three first kids were sunny side up. The nurse attending my most recent delivery told me that's probably why they used vacuum assist because my pelvic floor sits low, so the kids have to do an S turn to come out...if that makes sense. Since they were all sunny side up, it was a feat to get them out after about an hour of pushing.

With my latest, Miss Ava, no vacuum assist and she was not sunny side up (thank god, back labor SUCKS) she came out in 4 pushes and she was my biggest baby yet.

I'm Angela (33) mommy to four (2 teenage boys, a 9 year old girl and Ava (8.11.09)

Sorry I haven't posted much, schooling and life have me in their clutches lol
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April 1st, 2010, 06:03 PM
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So do you think you did anything differently for Ava to be in a good position when your other children weren't? I ask because both my kids have been posterior.
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April 2nd, 2010, 09:32 AM
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Yes! I want to know too. Because positioning was a big part of my problem too and I'd like to fix that next time!
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