Hi, I had a vaginal birth the first time and an emergency c-section the second. I am going vbac this time (fingers crossed). The c-section was MUCH worse for me than the vaginal birth. The vaginal hurt, but it was pain you could deal with (plus there are all kinds of pain meds out there). And after, I was walking within an hour and took a shower before I went to bed. The section hurt forever and kept me from being able to do normal things with my toddler (not to mention how much the contractions that go along with breastfeeding hurt!!). The surgeon who did the section actually told me I should have no problem with a vbac (they were common where we used to live). Here in Kansas, no hospital close by will do one due to the limitations the insurance places on them. That is why I chose to give birth at a birth center. I would be very interested in seeing the study that claimed vbacs were dangerous for the fetus, as in all my research on the subject I have never come across that. In fact most of the literature claims it is as safe as a section with less post partum problems. Most concern lies with the mother and even then statistically it is just as safe (if you have the correct incision and are not induced). If you have never experienced a vaginal birth the thought is extremely scary, but remember (barring all the complications many people here have) your body was designed to do it!
Jenny (who is hoping for a vbac, but chose a birth center across the street from the hospital just in case!)
mom to Jake (8-28-98)
and Lucy (6-3-00) born 34 weeks due to severe pree
Baby Sam due 9/20/04