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June 6th, 2010, 06:09 AM
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The OB I saw at my last appointment told me that if I have a VBac I will be continuously monitered during the birth because the best way to pick up on uterine ruture is via fetal heart rate dropping? Did those of you who have sucessfully Vbac'd have this? I really hate the thought of being strapped to some kind of monitor and unable to move etc if I did attempt a Vbac. Sorry if that sounds petty, that's just one of the million concerns bouncing around my head at the moment!

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June 6th, 2010, 06:52 AM
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Do they offer wireless EFM at your hospital? I was monitored continuously for my induction and suspect it will be required at my hospital for a VBAC (though I'm very curious to know what they do if I just refuse), but it was all wireless. I had to wear those stupid belts, but it didn't restrict my movement nearly as much as you would think.

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June 6th, 2010, 07:10 AM
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I don't know anthing about wireless FHMs. I probably should have asked the OB but my appointment went downhill so fast I wasn't thinking straight. I shall find out! Do wireless FHM's mean no water? Or are they waterproof?

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June 6th, 2010, 07:20 AM
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I had to compromise by agreeing to have continuous monitoring. But, the hospital I went to (chose it because of this) had the wireless unit. So, I was strapped with the belts, but I could walk around and do whatever, and they are waterproof, so I could go in the shower if I wanted to. Never did, and the battery ended up dying halfway through, but by then I was on an IV to try to help the baby, so, didn't much matter.

But even if you don't have a wireless one, you can really move around a lot. It's just all going to be near the bed. But you can bounce on a ball, walk a bit, rock in a rocker, etc.

I'm sorry your OB appointment went so badly!
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June 6th, 2010, 02:54 PM
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Most hospitals require CFM for VBAC, even though there is evidence that suggests CFM actually leads to more unnecessary c-sections then it helps with doing ones that are needed.

The best indication for uterine rupture is mom, intuition, feelings or pain, specfifally a pain that is very intense or an unusual feeling that is present all the time and not just during a contraction.

But, since most places do require CFM, it doesn't surprise me that your hospital woudl also. Some will agree to let you have 15 mintues of monitoring every hour if you ask nicely. And like Wendy said a place iwth the wireless monitors is great because they provide you more freedom.

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June 7th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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I was monitored continuously for my induction in bed. I was able to sit up, lay down, move around in bed, but had to stay in bed. It was not ideal but it was better than a c/s IMHO. But mine could have been b/c I was on pit.

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