There is a story on the Joyous Birth web site of a woman who gave birth at home to an 11 pound, 12 ounce baby boy at 45 weeks.
After two cesareans, including one with a T-incision, this woman tried negotiating for with the hospital to allow a more gentle experience with her third cesarean, including being “allowed” to go into labor before the surgery and not having her baby taken away while she laid in recovery. Their response?
I was told if I did wait till I went into labour the hospital would ‘wash their hands of me’, so any chance of a vaginal birth in hospital was clearly impossible.
So did this story have an exciting conclusion?
I had a few dramas with this pregnancy but in the end I got exactly what I wanted - a totally boring uneventful birth.
Except for this part, which must have been pretty exciting for a woman having had two previous cesareans:
Then I felt what HAD to be the ring of fire and I tried to avoid it - couldn’t, felt between my legs and found ‘something’ (that turned out to be the back of my baby’s head!) my body kept pushing until there was a huge rush of a body gliding out from between my legs, I thought ‘head-shoulders-legs!’ and then a RUSH of fluid and a pulling sensation, it was so intense and I was still so shocked I didn’t turn to see the baby who really shot out and slid along the floor of the pool. I was frozen feeling this sensation and I once again told my MW “something was happening” and then added “D pick up the baby!!”
She found that changing beliefs and confronting fears is part of VBAC.
Having had two c-sections and being told I could never expect to have a vaginal birth, I internalised the idea that I would never use my body in this way and that conditioning is hard to overcome.
I hope my homebirth after two caesareans with a t-scar at 45 weeks helps other women seek out this experience for themselves with confidence and excitement as all these influences helped me and made it happen.
Please head over to Joyous Birth to read the whole story which is complete with pictures. For more about how the definition of normal gestation has been redefined, Gloria Lemay posted “42 Weeks and Counting.” In the following embedded video, Dr. Lucky Jain of Emory University discusses the importance of not surgically delivering babies before 39 weeks unless there is a medical indication to do so.
|If I Had - Cesarean Section Option - Dr. Lucky Jain, MD, MBA, Emory University School of Medicine|
Quote from the video:
“In the good old days when mothers went into spontaneous labor, there was really no need to keep an accurate log of timing because natural labor told us what the biologic clock was. You went into labor, you were term gestation and you often delivered at the right time.”
Dr. Jain spoke at the Controversies in Childbirth Conference in March 2009 and showed data that United States obstetrics has literally shaved one week off of gestation between 1992 and 2002, shifting the peak from 40 weeks to 39 weeks. The March of Dimes web site has information on the results of iatrogenic prematurity.