Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Perfect VBAC Birth Story

A year ago today I delivered my 2nd perfect baby girl. As I mentioned in my post about waiting for labour my first was born via c-section because she was breach. I had to go into labour on my own because inductions raise the risk of uterine rupture during vaginal births after c-sections.

I went into labour late Sunday night at 40weeks and 4 days. I had some very mild and infrequent contractions that kept me up so I cleaned the whole house. I started timing my contractions at 7am and they were between 5-10 minutes apart but only about 10 seconds long. The hospital told me stay at home until I was having contractions 3-5 minutes apart lasting a minute long. Since the hospital was an hour away we went anyways, but not until I made my husband vaacuum.

We walked around the hospital for an hour and then my husband wanted me to check in. I didn't want to hear that I was barely dilated since the contractions still weren't regular or longer than 15 seconds. But we decided to just check. Once I walked into the admitting room around 12:45, they handed me my gown and I had 3 quick contractions. I laid down and then threw up. They checked me and I was only 2cm. I had 2 more contractions in the next few minutes and during the 2nd one my water broke. They checked me and I was fully dilated! I immediately felt like pushing so they rushed me to a delivery room. After about 20 minutes of pushing my baby was there! Sweet Pea arrived at 1:18pm barely 30 minutes after being admitted.

I did get a 2nd degree tear and used gas while they stitched me up. I was surprised to find out she was 8lbs 11oz since my first had only been 7.5lbs. I'm glad I didn't know how big she was since it might have scared me and hindered my labour.

It was an amazing experience and I'm so glad I didn't follow medical advice and get a repeat c-section. My recovery was so much better. I don't know how I would have been able to take care of my toddler if I had a c-section.

I don't have any pictures of my labour since it was so quick but this picture is 5 minutes after having her.

This picture is the first time Princess met her baby sister. The outfits were not planned at all surprisingly

I'd love to read your birth stories. Feel free to add the link to the stories in the comments section.


  1. What an amazing story! I was lucky that my labor was quick as well.

    The pictures are wonderful-the last is priceless!

  2. I too love to read about people's birth stories. I should really write mine down. Hey, a post idea!

  3. That's funny. I wanted (and had) a CBAV (Caesarean Birth After Vaginal) and I'd have another one tomorrow (if god forbid, Tom's snip and clip fails). You must be a better childbirther than I was. (4 hrs of pushing and a vacuum delivery of a 7 lb 12 oz baby-I have a VERY narrow pelvic inlet apparently). Anyway, I'm glad we both got the deliveries we wanted for #2.

    Sweat Pea is just adorable. And wow she's grown so much!

  4. WOW! I wish I had had a fast delivery. Reagan took her sweet precious time deciding to enter the world. She just turned 3 last month, and I did a birth story post for her then. Here's the link for you...


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