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January 2nd, 2013, 08:41 AM
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Hi ladies! I recently found out I am pregnant...surprise! And my due date is around September 2nd....not exactly sure on that yet! Lol. Anyway, I have two children and my second one was an emergency C-section for late decels with no variability. My little guy was not tolerating labor very well.

He was born on April 5, 2012. So that puts my next birth around 17 months later.

Has anyone had a successful VBAC in that small a time period? I was doing some reading and waiting 18-24 months seems to be the consensus. I was so upset when I didn't get to have my natural childbirth last time. I would love to try this time but I also don't want to put me or the baby in danger.

Experiences and opinions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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January 3rd, 2013, 05:29 AM
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My 1st was a CSection after 24 hours of labor. He was born March 2009. My 2nd was a VBAC born in August 2010. So mine were 16 1/2 months apart. I had to fight hard though to find a doctor who would allow me to try a VBAC. Ended up finding one 100 miles away from home and I had to live there for a month in Ronald McDonald type of housing since they considered me high risk. I just had my 2VBAC on Halloween this year. I love my VBAC's and am glad I fought for my first one. Such an easier recovery and very quick labors with no pain meds.
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January 3rd, 2013, 08:30 PM
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I would start by contacting your local ICAN chapter to get in touch with a doc that is VBAC friendly. I know they will have a list of docs in your area and might even have information on who "allows" VBACs earlier than 18 months. I would think though, that as long as your c-section was closed properly and everything checks out that there shouldn't be too big of a problem with you VBACing.
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January 3rd, 2013, 08:52 PM
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Thanks ladies.
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January 6th, 2013, 09:19 AM
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VBAC's are very difficult to get where I live although it is getting easier. The ICAN website is difficult to navigate but I would google ICAN and your area. My VBAC was further apart than yours but if you have any questions, please feel free to PM me. I felt so strongly about getting one that I switched doctors at 34 weeks pregnant and successfully VBAC'd. I researched the heck out of it last time. Your local ICAN chapter can give you the laws, rules, doctors that will do it, etc. I think it is recommended to wait 18 months but there are others that I know of that were successful in less time. You will be very close to the mark by the time you deliver. If you can find a doctor that is knowledgeable about VBAC, that is best. Good luck philly!!!
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January 11th, 2013, 09:01 AM
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Congratulations! I had vbac 18 months after my c-section. I was concerned I would have a problem with that small of a gap, but it wasn't an issue. I was told they don't worry unless it's less than 12 months. Hopefully that's the case were you live!

Giving birth has risks no matter how it's done. The doctor I'm currently seeing (hoping for a 2nd vbac in March) said out of the 20 years she's been doing this the few uterine ruptures she has seen were only from woman who had never had a c-section.

A c-section is not guaranteed to be safer. My own c-section baby had to be kept in the nursery for very closer monitoring because she had trouble breathing due to the nurses being too rough suctioning the fluids out which caused her throat and nose to swell almost shut. She had xrays of her lungs done. They tried all sorts of drops, a humidifier, elevating her bed, suctioning more (which they finally realized made it worse)... it was stressful and scary. In a vaginal birth the fluids are squeezed out on the way through the canal, but in a c-section the nurses have to suction it. It was extremely nice with my vbac to hold my baby immediately and then have him with me in my room for pretty much the entire short hospital stay.

Good luck and I hope you find a great doctor to help you vbac!
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January 31st, 2013, 03:49 PM
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Most doctors, and evidence shows, that 12-18 months between deliveries is enough time for the incision to be well healed. Your interval shouldn't be a problem. If your doctor does give you a hard time about it, hten interview other doctors until you find theone that is right for you.

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