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We should have a Delurking Day soon, huh?
This is semi-interesting. Last week before everyone starting linking to the OBG Management editorial about VBAC, their Alexa ranking was about 3.2 million. I have one of those distracting toolbar that shows rankings. I noticed today that their rank was up to 2.4 million. We collectively linked the crap out of it.
How about this? http://www.cardozolawandgender.com/uploads/2/7/7/6/2776881/16-3_manista.pdf A delightful summary of the legal and constitutional issues surrounding VBAC Bans? So very nice to see it all in one place, cited and summarized :-)
So I was wondering how people who have had vbacs deal with the pain of them. I never had pain with my regular labors! I was so uncomforable with my last VBAC that I didnt make it. I dont want that this time. This is my last baby. Any ideas of suggestions?
Great, now I'm totally craving avocado :-) I'm so thankful for all the information here. I'm currently listening to my cousin's 2 week old baby girl ask for some mom milk. She would most likely arrived here via c-section without the information that I passed along from all you wonderful people. My cousin naturally birthed an almost 9 pound baby girl in a hospital attended by a midwife after almost 4 hours of pushing. They are both troopers. I also am so thankful because they were able to attend a family reunion shortly after her birth (which will most likely be my grandfather's last). So thanks, and where can I get some avocado at this time of night :-).
I am oogling my 2 week old still trying to process my VBAC attempt gone awry. I had a uterine rupture along with a bladder rupture. I just don't believe I am that less than 1%. A total "why me???" time in my life...........
Waiting on a client to go into labor. She's scheduled for a c-section on August 11th due to footling breech twins. She's past 37 weeks so she's hoping labor will start soon so she can just things over with. Also have a vbac client due soon. So happy to see the new recommendations that came out last week and can't wait to talk about them at our local ICAN meeting on Thursday evening.
Gretchen,I'd imagine the pain of a vbac would be the same as the pain of any vaginal labor (which of course varies) but I've not had a vbac so it's just my thought. I think education on different coping techniques (I personally loved Bradley, and my instructor incorporated some other techniques such as Hypnobirthing) can really prepare you for the pain of labor. Going in blind is what makes it hard, as does pitocin. There are all sorts of physical tools you can use -- birthing balls, birthing stools, tubs, hot showers knotted sheets/towels. The list for coping with the pain of labor are endless. Just make sure you know that pain is different than suffering -- it'll be uncomfortable and hurt, but you shouldn't be in constant pain the whole time.
Jessica --That's so sad, I'm sorry for you. I hope you don't mind me asking but I'm curious as to if you were given pit, an epidural and if you were encouraged to urinate often during labor? A book that really helped me cope with my labor was Birthing From Within. It has some great activities in it. :)
Oh shoot, I totally messed up names.
I think my post was supposed to be toward Samantha and Heatherly. Sorry :(
I got to hold a 6 week old baby this week - my boss's daughter's little guy. She's bf'ing him like a champ. I haven't held a baby that small in ages and ages. Zomg ovary spasms!
I'm reading Laboring On in between readings for my class and enjoying it very much so far.
Hope everyone has a fab week!