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July 20th, 2011, 03:18 PM
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My sister had a c-section at the age of 16 due to "failure to progress ( ...fast enough to please the doc)." Yea, 16. She went into the hospital at 37 wks because she was nervous about the contractions she had begun experiencing, which was likely prelabor. Basically she went in too soon because she was understandably nervous & uneducated at that time, & was admitted, given pitocin & an epidural, & labor then stalled.

Now, 6.5 yrs later, she is pregnant again and has been encouraged by the same doc to schedule another c-section. Fortunately, she's learned a lot thru the years and is hoping for a VBAC but having very little luck. Her doc said its an option, but made it obvious that he isn't keen on it. I'm working on helping her find a midwife & doula but midwives don't practice in hospitals here, evidently, & doulas seem scarce in Central Florida. She lives 30 min outside of Orlando & has no medical issues & is a low-risk pregnancy. Any advice and/or resources that u ladies can offer?
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July 20th, 2011, 08:12 PM
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ICAN! Here's a link to ICAN's list of hospitals which allow VBAC attempts. I saw two in Orlando, and overall FL has a ton of hospitals listed. I don't know if any of the other cities listed are close by...
Either get in contact with an ICAN member (there's a list on the website) or get in contact with a VBAC-friendly hospital. Get the support group set up early!
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July 21st, 2011, 09:33 AM
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^^^ I agree. ICAN has been a life-saver for me. I wouldn't have found my m/w if it weren't for them.
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July 21st, 2011, 11:46 AM
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My sister had a c-section at the age of 16 due to "failure to progress ( ...fast enough to please the doc)." Yea, 16. She went into the hospital at 37 wks because she was nervous about the contractions she had begun experiencing, which was likely prelabor. Basically she went in too soon because she was understandably nervous & uneducated at that time, & was admitted, given pitocin & an epidural, & labor then stalled.
I hate this story and I hear it time and time again. It's bizarre how many labors stall.... Hmmm. Let's look at the common denominators.

End rant.

Good for her educating herself! The best weapon there is. Ditto ICAN. Also, maybe she should consider homebirth if she can't find a Dr. to VBAC. Good luck to her/y'all!
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July 21st, 2011, 05:05 PM
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It's not a doctor issue in Florida as much as it is a hospital issue many hospitals BAN them because of the insurance issues. Tell her to call Dr. Sweet in Altamonte Springs. I don't care for him that much, I am very highrisk and he didn't take it seriously enough. But I hear he is great for low risk and he is the ONLY doc who will even talk about VBAC in central florida.
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August 10th, 2011, 06:14 PM
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Just lurking here, but she needs to join the ICAN Central Florida group, and get ahold of midwife Kelli Johnson. She does HBAC's, as VBAC at a midwife center is illegal in florida and the only way she will get a VBAC at a hospital is if she comes into the hospital with the baby half way out.
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August 12th, 2011, 08:54 AM
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I live in TAMPA, FL and have had two successful VBAC's at University Community Hospital (UCH). It would be a 45-60 minute drive depending on her exact Orlando location, but it might be worth the commute if VBAC is the ultimate goal. The doctors at The Woman's Group in Tampa are all VBAC friendly and will deliver at either University Community or St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. I had a C-Section in 2005 because of breech position but I had a vaginal birth prior to that in Aug. 2000 (I am told that this made me an ideal "candidate" for VBAC). In 2009 I had my first successful VBAC at UCH with this group of doctors and I just had my 2nd VBAC with them at UCH almost 4 weeks ago! I know you're in search of a midwife, but if you can't find one and VBAC is really the goal, a VBAC friendly OB is also an option. You can PM me if you have any questions! Good luck!
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September 20th, 2011, 12:18 PM
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I would check into Gregory Zittel, in Lake Mary. He seems to have great reviews online. Also, receptionist was very nice on phone, answered all my questions and called me back with the answers she had to check on.

He will do VBACs at winnie palmer hospital in Orlando.
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September 29th, 2011, 06:55 PM
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She also has the option to do a homebirth with a midwife as long as an OB signs off on it.
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