Before I even became pregnant with this child, I knew I wanted to do VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) or at least attempt to deliver vaginally. My c-section wasn't a great or easy experience for me to say the least. My recovery was long and painful. I had fluid build around my incision that had to be drawn out with a big scary needle. I had the worst gas of my life. And I know that might not sound too terrible, but this gas was akin to contractions. I cried and cried the night after my c-section, because my stomach hurt so badly. It was insane how much it hurt.
In addition to the physical recovery of a c-section, there was also a larger financial recovery. Having a c-section costs about 40% more than a vaginal delivery and we paid those bills for a long time. The other thing that always bothered me about Will's birth was the fluid that was in his little lungs after being born by cescerean. As you can read in this article, it's much more likely for babies who are born by section to have respitory problems after the delivery.
So, because of all of these factors and after careful consideration, I decided that VBAC would be something I would like to do. I have been reading, however, that many hospitals and OBs flat out refuse to attempt them. This was puzzling to me since all the research seems to indicate that the risk for repeat c-section is higher. I phoned my OBs office today only to discover that they fit into this "no VBAC" category. This upsets me and makes me a little angry honestly. I could understand if my Dr. looked at me and said, "Leslie, based upon your circumstances, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing a VBAC for these reasons." But to just say, "We don't care what your situation is, we're not even going to try and let you deliver vaginally" makes me crazy mad. Why? Can someone give me a reason? This is what I will be asking my Dr at the next visit. Because now I am faced with an impossible decision, either stay with the Dr. who I have been with since I was 18 years old and who delivered my last child and let him cut me open and remove my baby simply because it's his policy, or find someone else. If he won't do it, this is important enough to me to find someone who will. I am not going to put my body and my child through a potential risk just because an OB is not even willing to let me try to deliver the natural way. I mean, am I crazy here? How on earth did it come to this? With evidence and research out there screaming that repeat c-sections are much more of a risk to mothers and their babies, do we really have OBs out there unwilling to do VBACs?? I'm honestly baffled by this. If you know something I don't, please share.