My VBAC Story: The Birth Was Quick And Wonderful
Mother-of-three Rachel Sherlock fills us in on the birth of her third born son Malachi
I had my third baby (Malachi) and second VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) last year. I had gestational diabetes and I also had recurring high blood pressure throughout this pregnancy, but I was fortunately able to have a very positive birth experience.
At 39 weeks (three days before my due date), I was admitted to hospital due to my high blood pressure so I could be monitored for a few days. I was eventually induced on my due date, but because my body was ready the whole induction went very quickly. I was already 2cm so they were able to break my waters and labour started soon afterwards.
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I managed the pain by sitting on an exercise ball, but I had to have continuous monitoring because of my previous C-section and also because I had been induced. They gave me a drip to bring labour on faster, but my contractions became quite intense with no break in between.
It all progressed very quickly and I had a natural birth with no time for an epidural – I laboured for about three hours. The pushing stage was very quick and only took two or three pushes. Malachi was born weighing 8lb 10oz. My husband was shocked how fast he was born, as I had laboured for almost 18 hours and pushed for about three hours with our second child.
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A lot of people think that once you have one C-section that you have no choice but to keep having C-sections, but I managed two VBACs – both boys weighed close to nine pounds so it can be done! Once our son was born, we asked the doctor to delay cutting the cord and had immediate skin to skin. He latched on quite soon after birth and it was a brilliant start to breastfeeding.
I also was very happy after the birth that I wasn’t able to get an epidural as I was able to walk and move around right afterwards. I couldn't have asked for any better care. All the doctors and midwives were lovely and very respectful of all my birth preferences. I think it’s really important to be upfront about what your preferences are early on as all the midwives and doctors try their hardest to follow your plan.
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