13 weeks 2 days in uteroWell, my first appointment with the doctor wasn't too terrible... not what we were expecting from a doctor who claimed to be pro-VBAC, though. So, at this point, we are looking into other options for a different doctor. Don't get me wrong -- the doctor was very friendly and her bedside manner was great, but her stance on VBACs seemed somewhat less-than-supportive. She basically said that she has no problem with our trying for a VBAC, but that if I do not go into labor on my own by my due date, we *have* to schedule a repeat cesarean for one or two days later.
End of story.
That's not good enough for us. Not this time. Not when we're more informed and more willing to do things the way God intended them to take place.
I totally understand and agree that there are times a c/s is necessary and good and life-saving, even! It's just that, after all of the research and studying we've been doing, we really don't think the surgery is required nearly as many times as it is used these days.
We're looking for a doctor who is absolutely supportive of a VBAC in every situation that deems it possible, and, well... we just don't think our current doctor is one who sees things that way. I'm not looking forward to going through the approval/referral process all over again, but at the same time, if the result is a better chance for a happy ending to this birth story, then I'm ready to go for it!
My Airman is completely on-board and is excited for us to make some good choices this time around. I know there are some men out there who probably couldn't care less to be informed about what cesareans do to a woman's body or how to better understand the workings of birth... but I'm so thankful the Lord has blessed me with such a supportive husband who wants only the best for my health, for our family. I love that man! :o)
Anyway, a friend has gotten me in touch with a doula/birth coach in the area, and that woman has helped me contact two different Bradley Birth instructors (with TONS of info on VBACs and doctors who are definitely pro-VBAC), as well as the local ICAN chapter in our area. Just talking with these women has made me feel so much more at peace about the decisions we're making. Tomorrow, I'm hoping to get in touch with one of the doctors the Bradley instructor mentioned so that we can get some questions answered and get started on this road to a healthier, happier birth experience.