I too had an unplanned, emergency c-sect with my first and had a successful VBAC 17 months later. It was the best choice I could have made! I did a lot of research on the safety of it, and really, the only reason why they suggest you have a repeat c-sect is to avoid getting sued. I figured, if I NEED the surgery, go right ahead, but If I don't need it, it is crazy to volunteer for it. The risks of a surgical birth are higher than the risks of a VBAC. I ended up having a 3 hour labor, no meds and only pushed 3 times to get the baby out! Of course you don't know until you try what will happen until you get there, but it sure does not hurt to try! It makes me sick to think if I had showed up at a different hospital (where they don't allow VBACs) that I would have been cut open.
My sister and BF also had VBACs and thought it was a good choice.
at 6:13 PM on Jul. 12, 2010