I went into labor at 3am Thursday, Nov 28. I labored at home for several hours but as I was unable to contact my doula, I felt it necessary, sadly, to get to the hospital. There, I labored for 30 hours. In that time, I saw no dilation, no further effacement and no change in station. The labor was completely back labor. My doula and I tried everything to get baby to drop.
I finally agreed to have my water broken. Piles of meconium flowed out. Baby was stressed but the heartbeat was fine. I labored for six more hours. I stupidly broke down to an epidural, as I was unable to relax through the pain. I was screaming as if I were in transition and I was screaming suicidal things:/. So I finally fell asleep. I consented to a single cervical check to find I hadn't progressed any BUT baby had dropped two stations.
An hour later, I awoke to excruciating stomach pain indicative of uterine rupture. My little girl was born 5 minutes later via emergency c section. I suffered a small, fixable uterine tear. Recovery has sucked. I tore several ligaments around my hip during labor and my incision became infected. It's been a tough week and a half. But little girl is thriving. A wonderful nurser, a hungry girl and super easy---which is a blessing since I've been so immobilized.
So it was a major fail of a natural vbac....I do feel confident that I did everything in my power to have it work. And I do believe I made the right decisions for my little surprise.