Welcome to your lodge! I'm excited to follow your story Sorry to hear about your friend how scarry. I'll be praying for her, please KUP as you hear things.
That is wonderful that your dr. is so supportive of your VBAC! Glad your appointment well!
As for GBS, the antibiotics are pretty much standard procedure to try to prevent the the GBS from being transferred to your baby, which can cause serious problems. I did some looking around, and I came across this http://www.givingbirthnaturally.com/...ptococcus.html, which offers the opposing veiwpoint to the use of antibiotics.
I'm sorry to hear your friend is having so many complications from her c-section! I hope she gets better soon!
We'd love to hear more about you and your previous birth stories if you get a chance.
Welcome to your lodge! As always, I love following vbac mamas, and yours is even more special after 2 sections!
And I'm so sorry to hear about your friend... how awful. I hope she recovers quickly.
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
DD (1/8/04): Very uneventful pregnancy. Planned a natural birth, bought the Bradley Method book and read up on relaxation techniques. Was "dead-set" against an epidural and drugs. Til I was in labor.
Contractions started in the evening at 41 weeks, 6 days pregnant. I had an NST scheduled for the next day to see if we'd need to talk induction. The contractions were irregular and not too terribly painful at first, so I went home and tried to get some sleep before heading to the hospital. They picked up in pain / intensity before I even had a chance to lay down, and by this time I was convinced I had to be at least 3-4 cm by how much pain I was in. We went to the hospital about 11 pm, and when we got there I was barely 1cm. I was so upset - my back was killing me and the contractions were awful. Almost to the point where I was crying. We went back home and dh slept a couple hours while I laid there in bed crying. I couldn't take it anymore by about 1 am and we headed back to the hospital. I was in so much pain that I couldn't concentrate, couldn't focus, and didn't even think about any techniques. I made the mistake of not having a designated person to help me with the pain - I thought labor would be nothing and I could handle it (I generally have a really high pain tolerance). Nurse checked me again - 1 cm. I knew if I was moving that slowly and was only 1 cm that I wouldn't be able to handle a NCB. So I begged for an epi, drugs, anything. I got Stadol and that made me a little loopy, but it still hurt! At 4 am I was up to 4 cm and I got the epidural. It didn't work. It helped a little bit with the excruciating back pain, but the contractions were still 100% and 1 on top of the other. Somewhere around this time I was given pit and the doc broke my water because the baby wasn't descending. By 6 am I was up to 8 cm. I wanted to move and turn, but the nurse wouldn't let me because they wanted to keep her hb on the monitor (even though she was doing fine). I threw up several times, and I can remember saying what a relief it was to be puking because I didn't get a chance to be in pain while I was. I had a fever and had to get antibiotics some time during labor. It took until 3 pm for me to get to 10 cm, and the nurses asked me if I felt the urge to push. I never felt any pressure, any urge to push... nothing like that, so they gave me another hour to see if she'd move down into my pelvis and they called the c/s at 4 pm. I was totally out of it and just wanted to be done, so of course I consented.
Final diagnosis was FTP, but the doc told me I had a very small pelvic outlet (or whatever) and that the baby just wouldn't fit. I now know that what actually happened was that she was in crooked (her cone was off to the side of her head) and that by breaking my water, giving me pit, and not allowing me to switch positions she was only forced into an even more compromising position.
DS (9/18/06): I was scheduled for a repeat c/s at 38 weeks on Tues, 9/19/06. The Sunday before I cleaned my house like crazy (including mopping the floor on hands/knees) and got in one last DTD before the baby arrived. Well apparently those things actually work to induce labor, because I was having regular contractions within a couple hours. Around bedtime I decided that this was probably the real deal and I should shower and paint my toe nails, etc. I laid in bed after cleaning up and slept a couple hours to see if the contractions would go away, and I woke up to them even closer together. They weren't painful at all, but were very regular (unlike dd's, whose never came close to being regular). I called the nurses and explained that I thought I was in labor, but that I had a c/s scheduled for the next day. They of course advised me to come in.
It was about 2 am when I got there and my contractions were textbook. Every few minutes, nice and strong. Still not painful at all. I was 1 cm when I got there. The doc came in and decided that we might as well do the c/s then, since I was clearly in early labor. By the time they got me all prepped and ready for the c/s it was about 3:15 am. The nurse checked me again and I was up to 4 cm. The contractions were every 2-3 minutes at that point and were just barely painful. I went to surgery shortly after.
It wasn't until my son's labor that I realized something was NOT right with dd's labor and that I could have had the birth I dreamed of with ds. There were many things I could have done and said with both births to avoid c/s, but I just didn't know enough at the time. I think about it a lot, but what's done is done and I've got to look to the future. I'm so hopeful that this time it'll be like I've always dreamed it would be. I'll avoid the ppd and I'll bond with my baby better. I'll recover way quicker and I'll get to enjoy my baby this time.
Thanks for sharing your birth stories Shannon. I really believe that empowering woman and being more knowledgable makes for a wonderful birth experience.
I had the same labour with my DS as you did with your DD (my DS was FTP also, that back labour just kills!). I went on to have a WONDERFUL natural birth with my DD this time around.
Thanks for sharing Shannon. I'm so confident that things will be different for you this time around!
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
TFS your birth stories. I think that you can have a vaginal birth if you just get a chance! It does sound like your first labor was so difficult because of poor positioning, and that is also why she wouldn't fit. WTG for doing your research and pursuing this VBAC!
Your first labor sounded a little like mine, just bad baby positioning. He had a big bruise on the side of his head. Hopefully you'll get that dream VBA2C
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
I had my 37 wk appt yesterday, and it was rather uneventful. I am 1 cm dilated and 60 percent effaced. He said he could feel the baby's head through the cervix, so I'm dilated all the way through.
It was my last appt with that OB, sice he's moving the 25th. I've been really happy with him, and I've heard he's very hands-offish during L & D. However, when I told him my next appt was with a different doctor, he said, "That's great! She really encourages VBACs - she does a lot of them." Which is great, but now I'm kind of wishing I'd have gone with her from the start. He'll be on call for my delivery until the 25th, then she'll be my official OB. I guess I should be happy that I've got two supportive OBs, right?
We had a tour of the hospital and I am SO impressed! It really sounds like I'm not going to have to fight for the birth I want. The nurse said that the baby will not leave the room after the birth (including for the bath), and that I would get the baby on my chest for a while before they take it to the isolette (which is right by the bed). She said they enourage breastfeeding ASAP and very strongly encourage rooming-in. An LC will make daily visits. The unit is gorgeous and very warm and home-like. All the rooms have dark wood floors and flat-screens (post-partum has TWO!) and nice big bathrooms. They said I could have as many family / friends as I wanted, as the rooms are huge! They have birthing balls, wireless monitoring (OB wasn't sure if they used it, but the nurse said they do frequently), large showers (no tub). The food is awesome. So I'm very exited / optimistic about my upcoming experience!