Having had Cooper via c-section, after 39 hours of unsuccessful labor, I just always thought I'd have the rest of my babies that way. After all, I have a really tall husband who was 11-something-lbs at birth, so I figured I'd always have babies too big to get out of me.
When Callan was born, I went into labor 3 days before my scheduled c-section. It was a total shock to me and I was unprepared. I was so late with Cooper that I just assumed it would be the same the second time around. After just a few hours of contractions, we went to the hospital and I had a repeat c-section then. I didn't even think at the time to have the Doctor check how far along I was or think about the potential of a natural birth.
Fast forward to this third pregnancy and everything has been different. It's been a very easy pregnancy, my first one without some sort of bed rest, about 20lbs less weight gain and a much smaller baby, according to ultrasound measurements. All that and I've literally done nothing different.
My desire to have a natural birth has grown like crazy. Part of it, is that I've always been fascinated with the birth process. I interned with a midwife before nursing school and was trained as a Doula. I thought I'd have these amazing, natural births and pretty much just gave up on that after Cooper was born. The other part, is that I know how c-sections go. When Cooper's heart rate dropped and it was a bit essential, I was all about it. I was so surprised when Callan decided to come early, that I was all about it then, too. Now, I'm freaking myself out about the surgery itself and the recovery time. It's challenging when you have enough time to think and prep to go under the knife. I would love a shorter recovery and to skip the risks involved in a surgery. I know there are risks to VBAC's as well, but since I'll be in the hospital anyway, I feel pretty comforted that everything would be okay. I'm a good VBAC candidate with the amount of time between babies and how I've healed.
My Doctor has told me that if I go into labor on my own and if I'm far enough along once I get to the hospital, that I can try to deliver naturally. That has been my prayer now for the past couple of months. With just 2 days to go, I'm getting a little antsy, hoping something happens really soon. I've been walking, swimming and boating, so I'm hoping that helps some.
At the end of the day, I want a healthy baby and delivery, regardless of how that happens. But my preference would absolutely be a natural delivery.
Have any of you had VBAC's? Any c-section pros have experiences that may help calm my jitters? I'd love to hear your stories!