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Posted by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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I meant to update you all on my TOLAC after sharing my many struggles with my care providers regarding my vbac.

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.
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Duquesne
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM
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GoodyBrook
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

What a beautiful baby!  Congrats on a healthy baby...

I'm trying for a VBAC in a few weeks, and I appreciate your honesty.  I'm hoping for the best, but preparing mentally for another section...

Duquesne
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM
Don't let it dissuade you! I wouldn't trade the tol I had the chance to have. I do wish it had worked again. She had a funky presentation and the 3+ hours of contractions whittled away at the prior incision.

Good luck with your vbac! You can do it!


Quoting GoodyBrook:

What a beautiful baby!  Congrats on a healthy baby...


I'm trying for a VBAC in a few weeks, and I appreciate your honesty.  I'm hoping for the best, but preparing mentally for another section...


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louzannalady
by Group Owner on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM
Uhh.... *hug* THAT is NOT a failure of any sort! Baby was born on a day her body was ready to be born. She got a lot of benefit from that! You did TERRIFIC! So glad you and baby are safe and that you are on the mend! You have been through a lot! She is gorgeous!
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louzannalady
by Group Owner on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Oh and thanks for the update!
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Duquesne
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM
I am proud I put off the ROM as long as I did and avoided pit the entire time. I stressed about my decisions. I'm a tad ashamed for caving to the epi but I can't imagine the pain of the rupture without it if it was excruciating with it.
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GoodyBrook
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM


Quoting Duquesne:

I am proud I put off the ROM as long as I did and avoided pit the entire time. I stressed about my decisions. I'm a tad ashamed for caving to the epi but I can't imagine the pain of the rupture without it if it was excruciating with it.

I was under the impression that pitocin is never given to a VBAC mama, as it increases contractions to the point of spurring uterine rupture?

I'm not familiar with some of the terminology being used:  ROM, TOLAC.  Can someone fill me in?

And how did the feeling of the uterine rupture differ from your labor feelings?

THANKS!

Duquesne
by on Dec. 11, 2012 at 10:38 PM
That's a myth. HOWEVER it should never be used without medical indication. In my case, it wasn't necessary.

Tolac-trial of labor after cesarean
Rom-rupture of membranes

It's hard to say. After I received the epidural, I stopped feeling the pain of the contractions and only felt a low pressure. Then I felt my entire stomach constrict and it felt like it was constricted for 10 minutes and then felt a painful sensation covering my entire stomach despite the epidural.


Quoting GoodyBrook:



Quoting Duquesne:

I am proud I put off the ROM as long as I did and avoided pit the entire time. I stressed about my decisions. I'm a tad ashamed for caving to the epi but I can't imagine the pain of the rupture without it if it was excruciating with it.

I was under the impression that pitocin is never given to a VBAC mama, as it increases contractions to the point of spurring uterine rupture?


I'm not familiar with some of the terminology being used:  ROM, TOLAC.  Can someone fill me in?


And how did the feeling of the uterine rupture differ from your labor feelings?


THANKS!


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GoodyBrook
by on Dec. 15, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Did they tell you where your rupture occured?  Was it on the scar of the old section or in a totally new location?

rachelrothchild
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I'm sorry you didn't get the outcome you wanted, but she's a beautiful girl.

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