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Chance of VBAC after induction first time?


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#1 EJ86

Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:08 AM

Hi. I was wondering if anyone knew, either personally or statistically, what are the chances of a successful VBAC with 2nd pregnancy if the 1st pregnancy was induced and went to emergency Caesarean?

My first pregnancy was healthy all throughout, but she went past 40 weeks with no indication. Me being a first timer, I got a bit impatient and asked if induction was possible and my private OB more or less just let me dictate what day I wanted. Probably should have guessed from his attitude at that point that he may not have been the right fit for us. Anyway, we induced at 40w6d and he broke my waters and nothing happened. I laboured for twelve hours but only dilated to 4cm and baby ended up getting distressed and we were whisked off to theatre. She had cord around her neck but was otherwise happy and healthy.

Now, I'm pregnant for the second time, still early, but wanting very much to start the conversation of VBAC. I'm looking around for a different OB and I wanted to know if my chances of successful VBAC are in any way reduced due to what happened the first time?

Thanks for any responses.

Sorry, above there I meant to write "no indication of coming out."

#2 Caribou

Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:44 AM

It depends! For me, I had an emergency CS and didn’t have another baby until 5yrs later. I was allowed to have a VBAC, and though it didn’t work out, it was a lovely expirence. I think it depends on things like your OBS expirence, your scar and how it’s healed, and the amount of time between babies.

I should add, it came down to if my scar was up to the job. It wasn’t checked on ultrasound until about 36-37 weeks. It was so well healed they had trouble finding it! The reason it wasn’t successful was DS got stuck. Opposed to my first which was pre-esclampia.

Edited by Caribou, 11 January 2018 - 09:46 AM.


#3 EJ86

Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:30 AM

Thanks for that :)

#4 Soontobegran

Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:53 AM

I don't know too many Obstetricians who will not say yes to a VBAC following an unexplained failure to progress.

Talk to your obstetrician, they will know what went on last time but being induced when you are not favourable does have a higher rate of emergency C/S.
Each pregnancy is different......good luck.

#5 EJ86

Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:29 AM

Thank you. Given my OB let me be induced last time without question, is it reasonable to look for another OB this time, or is it important to go with the OB that knows what went down last time that led to the emergency CS?

#6 Soontobegran

Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:51 AM

View PostEJ86, on 16 January 2018 - 10:29 AM, said:

Thank you. Given my OB let me be induced last time without question, is it reasonable to look for another OB this time, or is it important to go with the OB that knows what went down last time that led to the emergency CS?
You asked your private Obstetrician for an induction at nearly 41 weeks and he said yes as would most of them so I don't think that this is a reason to change doctors if you like him otherwise.
The outcome of your induction given your gestation was probably quite unpredictable and remember that you are paying them to listen to you.
If you'd asked at 37 weeks I am sure he'd have tried to talk you out of it.

Good luck.

#7 Mollycoddle

Posted 16 January 2018 - 12:26 PM

I wanted a VBAC for my second after an emergency c-section with my first.  I ended up having another c-section as they are reluctant to induce after a c-section due to risk of scar rupture etc.  First baby was 8 days overdue and they were just about to induce when heart rate dropped, hence the emergency c-section.  Second baby they gave me until x date to have him via VBAC or else they'd have to get him out, when the date came and he still wasn't here I went in for the c-section.  Second c-section went so much better than the first as obviously I knew what I was in for and many others on EB have reported similar so don't be afraid if it does end up coming to this.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 16 January 2018 - 12:30 PM.


#8 Glittery Fairy

Posted 16 January 2018 - 01:29 PM

I had 2 emergency C’s for the same reason as you op. Third time i went public (first 2 went private) as I kept getting told no.. i did have to push a bit for it in public but they didn’t say absolutely NO. I did end up having a VBA2C. Note- all 3 pregnancies 13-15 months apart from each other.




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