VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean
I was really lucky when it came time to finding an obstetrician. I asked a Dad Work Friend whose wife is an anesthesiologist and she recommended an OB for me that, as I came to find out, was impossible to get because she’s a high risk pregnancy specialist and these are in short supply at Mass General Hospital. My OB is also popular, I suspect, because she’s funny and down-to-earth. She’s someone you’d want to hang out with.
My first pregnancy was uneventful until the actual event. The epidural never really kicked in despite a few boosters. It turns out that my daughter’s head was jammed which made me hard to numb. What was worse was that she inherited her father’s large head. Fifteen hours of labor later, it was clear that she was not coming out. A non-emergency C-section was in order at 1 a.m. but all was well in the end.
For pregnancy number 2, my doctor suggested VBAC (Vaginal [Delivery] After Caesarean) and I was game to try. She was, after all, a high risk specialist. She laid it out clearly: “You have a good chance for VBAC so I think it’s worth a try. But if it goes poorly, it gets ugly.” Hmm … Did I really want her to elaborate on ugly?!
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As for my OB, I threatened to get pregnant one more time just to hang out with her at my appointments. That’s not going to happen but she does live in my town and here’s hoping that I run into her at the supermarket from time to time!
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