Will My Body Act Like This is a First Labour?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi my name is Jade and I'm pregnant with my second child. I'm 24 weeks pregnant and would like to know will my body treat this labor as a first?

When I was in labor with my first child i reached 7 Cm dilation and was then taken for a c-section as the found he was breach.

I'm very nervous about this delivery as I was very young with my first and think it has left me with a fear of labor.

I have been contemplating requesting another c section but on the other hand I would like to have a natural birth and be able to leave the hospital within a day of delivery. Any information you can give me will be of a great help.

Many Thanks in advance,
Jade.

ANSWER

I would strongly suggest that you go to www.ican-online.org and read as much as you can. I can certainly understand why it might be hard for you to think about doing labor this time, given what happened before. But there is lots of help out there for you, from other moms who have gone through the same thing. You can do it!!! like so many before you, and I wish you the experience of having a great vaginal birth. Good luck!

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.