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Samuel is my 3rd son. I had a long labor, but vaginal delivery with my oldest son and a true emergency c-section with my middle son. I have used midwives for all 3 pregnancies, partly because i did not want an unnesasry c-section. When i had my c-section with my middle son, Eli, I was totally taken by surprise and had not at all prepared myself for that outcome. i was rushed to the operating room--my husband could not make it in time as Eli was in fetal distress.
I was really determined to have a vaginal delivery this time. Since i went almost 2 weeks late with both my other sons, i knew finding a midwife willing to let me go to 42 weeks would be hard, but the midwife i used for my 2nd son agreed to let me go until 41 weeks, and if nothing happened by then, she would induce me using the foley bulb method. well, the day before my induction, she told me to take castor oil, which i did. Three hours lated i started contracting. Within an hour the contraction were 2 minuted apart. When i got to the hospital, i was 5 dilated. They had a hard time getting an IV in me (always have had issues with my veins) but since i was GBS positive, they had to keep trying. After 45 minutes, they finally got the IV in and within that 45 minutes I had gone from 5 to 8 dilated--no time for any interventions or drugs. An hour later Samuel was born. It took about 3 contarctions to push him out.
I was and am so happy i did not end up with a c-section. I would not have been able to go this route without my midwife. NONE of the docs in my area would do a VBAC past 39-40 weeks, and i knew i would not deliver before 41 weeks. I am glad I persisted!!!