Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Why I am choosing to have a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section)...



First, I want to say, Kennedy’s surgical birth was not traumatic. C-sections are a blessing and I’m very grateful that my baby and I had a safe delivery.  You can read Kennedy’s birth story here http://www.imarriedatexan.blogspot.com/2012_09_01_archive.html


Now, I am choosing a VBAC for many reasons. 

I wasn’t sure how to write all my feelings, so I decided to write them in a stream of consciousness.

I choose a VBAC because…
I want to feel my baby come from my vagina. I want to know what it feels like to actually push my own child out. I would love for my husband or I to catch our baby.  I want to see my husband’s face the moment our baby takes its first breath.  I want the baby to be put right on my chest as soon as it is born.  I want to smell my baby before they take her away to be cleaned. I want my baby to know she is safe right away and that mommy is here. I want to see my baby’s little face clearly without being drugged up. I want to be able to walk to my baby’s bassinet in the hospital when it cries. I want to sleep next to my husband and snuggle with our new baby instead of sleeping in a chair when we first get home from the hospital. I want to be able to take a shower without anyone’s help. I don’t want to be cut open and my baby ripped out of me. I want my baby to come into the world peacefully… And the list goes on.

Emotionally and physically, I knew why I wanted a VBAC, but my next question was is a VBAC safe? If so, then what are my chances of having a successful VBAC? After doing a lot of research (internet, support groups and talking with obstetricians). I learned the chance of having a successful VBAC was very good and the chance of Uterine Rupture was less then 1%.  After weighing the risks and benefits my husband and I decided to go for a VBAC.

Please understand these are my thoughts based on my experiences. I know that some people love their C-sections and I know some people would never take the risk of a VBAC and I respect all of your wishes, so please respect mine and be kind with your comments.


Some sites I found helpful while doing my VBAC research.



9 comments:

  1. Great post, Bree! I'm Heather and I have a question about your blog! If you could email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com that would be great!

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  2. I could have written this exact post prior to having my VBAC. One exception, I didn't sleep in a chair LOL! I slept in the bed upright on one of those faux armchair things that is called a "husband" where I come from. Ugh. It was so miserable.

    I wasn't traumatized by my C-Section but I was overall kind of pissed that it probably didn't have to happen. I had a "good" recovery but let me tell you, it was NOTHING compared to the cakewalk of my vaginal delivery - and that was with a 2nd degree tear.

    I don't know when having a VBAC became "risky" and having a repeat C-Section became the default. It is kind of sad - especially if you want to have a lot of kids. I was 3 years post C-Section, I had the right kind of incision, I was planning to do it in the hospital under monitoring and I was not induced. Having a VBAC didn't feel risky to me.

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    1. Wow... I hope I have a happy ending like you.

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  3. Okay, so somehow I'd never read part 3 of your birth story before just now, so I had no clue you'd had a C-Section! I am in the same boat as you- I never planned a C-section with my first baby and I'm not going to plan one with my next. While I'm not pregnant now, I definitely plan to have a VBAC the next time around, as long as everything is healthy.

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  5. So awesome! Good for you! My c-section was also fine, but I feel the same about wanting to try giving birth the good old fashioned way. I'm exited to hear how it goes for you!

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    1. Thanks Sara and I'm glad to share my story. I also look fwd to reading yours one day!

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