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February 8th, 2015, 08:34 PM
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I had a c-section because my son was breech and was getting distressed. This time I want to avoid a cesarean. But just asking what did you do at home to prepare for it and long did you labor? Btw: this is baby #2
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February 8th, 2015, 08:38 PM
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This is a really good question. I'd be curious to hear from others how long they labored before their VBAC.

My first was c-section and I didn't labor at all, and I'm hoping for a VBAC, but not sure if it's likely the second one comes more quickly in my situation.

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February 17th, 2015, 02:09 PM
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my first VBAC was a typical length first time labor.

I didn't labor for more than an hour before my crash c/s.

so my first true labor (VBAC) was a little over 11 hours from first contraction to baby in my arms.

my second VBAC was induced, but my water broke before the induction. the pitocin was started about 10am. I didn't feel any contractions until 1p. they got hard about 5pm. at 5:38 he was born. so 4.5 hours.

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February 18th, 2015, 05:49 PM
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With my c section I was in labor for 11 hours before getting to 100% and 10 cm.

My VBAC was 56 hours from the start of labor. 35 of that was active labor with contractions every 2-4 mins. He was sunny side up, so I had back labor and thats also probably why it took so long. Things I did to prepare for labor: switched from an OB to a midwife, hired a doula, made a birth plan and researched what interventions I would be ok with and what I wanted to avoid (too many interventions is what most likely led to my CS), took EPO and drank RRL tea (MW suggestion), did a lot of bouncing on yoga ball to help him engaged, did many techniques from spinning babies to get him to turn (didn't work), kept active till the day I went into labor (walked a mile daily), read hypnobirthing books and practiced the breathing, mediated. Once labor started, I stayed home as long as could, did a lot of walking, ball bouncing and position changes.

All these things probably weren't necassary but I wanted to do them lol, and it didn't hurt anything since I was successful with the vbac.
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June 1st, 2015, 10:45 AM
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With my CSection I was in labor for 18 hours. My VBAC I labored for only 4 hours. All the nurses kept calling it a "fast and furious birth".
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June 2nd, 2015, 07:42 AM
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My c-section with my first child was performed before a single contraction.

My first labor was with my second child, a successful VBAC. I was in labor for 45 hours, the last two hours were pushing. I'd been up for two nights straight so I did get an epidural so I could rest for a while, and labor slowed down a bit with that, but the pitocin sped it right back up.

Although it was my second child, it was my first labor and seemed a lot more like a typical first labor among my friends. I have two other friends who labored and had c-sections with their first, and VBACs with their second, and in each case the second was definitely one of those "fast and furious" types.

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October 10th, 2017, 04:45 PM
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I've already had my baby but I wanted to add my 2 cents in case anyone is interested. I never went into labor with my first daughter, she was breech so I had a scheduled c-section. With my second daughter, I went into labor naturally and delivered after 9 hours. I walked A LOT then got an epidural and that definitely did NOT slow anything down.
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