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In 2016 I was pregnant with my first daughter Lucy. I went into labor at exactly 41 weeks, and after a fast labor her heart rate dropped severely and I was rushed into an emergency cesarean.
The birth experience was traumatic, and had me nervous that I would never be able to experience a natural birth. Flash forward 4 years later, I got pregnant with my second daughter!
Immediately I researched multiple practices in my area, and joined my local ICAN group to search for a provider who was supportive of me having a VBAC. I was fortunate to find a midwifery group in the area that delivered at the hospital, and from the start they were very encouraging of my wishes to have a VBAC delivery.
I had a smooth pregnancy, and once again went passed 40 weeks. Me and my midwifery team had decided to schedule an induction for 41 weeks, and since I had gone into spontaneous labor with my first birth I thought for sure I’d go into labor on my own before reaching that induction date. But to my surprise, in fact made it to my induction!
I was nervous to be induced, because I had heard Pitocin would increase my chances of rupture, so I was hesitant but knew that it was worth a try to get my VBAC! When I arrived, my midwife checked my cervix to find I was already around 3 cm and all the way effaced, and having some regular contractions. We determined I was in early labor, and to get things rolling they administered some low doses of Pitocin! It worked!
I labored without an epidural for 14 hours, at which point I just needed to rest after a very intense labor, I had been stuck in transitional labor, and all I needed was to rest to gain some more energy to push. The epidural was such a positive experience, once I got it, I was able to sleep, and when I woke up I was finally 10 cm! Though I had the epidural I was still able to move my legs enough and get into pushing positions that felt natural to me, I pushed alternating sides, and positions, and after 2 hours of pushing, she was here! She was born on April 18, 2020. And she weighed 9 pounds 8 ounces!
I was in shock I had a successful VBAC induction, and amazed my body was able to deliver a large baby! There were a lot of uncertainties and anxiety towards the end of my pregnancy with having to deliver during a pandemic, but wonderful midwives and nurses that took care of me made forget about everything happening around us and allowed me to focus on my body and my baby!