As you may know, I ended up delivering Nic via C-section. When thinking about baby #2, I often thought I would try for a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), and it was one of my first questions for my OB at our 8 week appointment. The news wasn’t what I expected.
My doctor explained that because the problem during my first delivery was failure to progress, that my chances of having a successful VBAC are only about 10%. She explained that if you have a C-section because of fetal distress or breach presentation, you have about a 50% chance of having a successful VBAC. I wasn’t quite sad when I heard this, just surprised. I had always thought that VBAC was a real option for me, but a 10% success rate didn’t seem worth the stress.
You see, if I were to go for a VBAC, I think I’d put everything I could into it. I’d hire a doula, probably switch to a more VBAC-friendly OB and commit myself to the most natural birth possible. And after putting all of that energy into a VBAC, if I ended up with a C-section, I think I would be truly disappointed. For me, it just comes down to not wanting to set myself up for that. I wasn’t disappointed the first time around, and I don’t want to be this time.
I think if my C-section had been for different reasons, I would have more seriously considered a VBAC. My husband was never into the idea (he still cringes when we talk about how much pain I was in right before I got the epidural), but I know he would have supported me if it was really what I wanted.
It turns out, that I’m perfectly ok that my babies come out “through the sunroof.” Although I’ll never have that experience where they pull the baby out and lay it directly on my chest (the one thing I feel I really missed with my C-section), I do get some solace in knowing that my parents will be in town and ready to watch Nic when I leave for the hospital on August 1st.
Note: I’m not a doctor and am just relaying, as accurately as possible, what my doctor told me. Please, please talk to your own doctor about the odds of a successful VBAC and the risks involved. Also, I’m not looking to be convinced into going for a VBAC. I know that do still have the option, but I have chosen not to go that route.