My Successful VBAC Story | Bonham Lifestyle Photographer
First I'll start by saying I'm overly excited that I'm even getting the opportunity to make this blog, if it wasn't for the patience and knowledge of my doctor this wouldn't have been possible.
What is a VBAC?!
VBAC stands for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. As some of you may know my older daughter, Luella was born via C-section. For me personally this was an extremely negative experience, I wasn't able to even appreciate the birth because of how sick I was not to mention the sheer panic of being sliced open. Some people opt for c-sections and more power to them however for me, I really did not want another.
Between the births of my daughters my husband and I moved from the Houston area to the Dallas area so I needed to find a new OB doctor, with VBAC on my mind I searched for the top rated VBAC doctor in the area and landed on the doctor I ended up choosing.
Fast forward quite a few months >>
We got to the hospital around 6 in the morning, I have a few medical disorders so I needed to be induced. Induction began around 7 in the morning on May 19, for my induction my doctor used Pitocin (go go juice- if you don't know what it is and would like to here's a link... https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/pitocin-induction) and foley bulb's ( balloons- https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/foley-bulb-induction)
I did a lot of research and watched many vlogs on induction during the weeks leading up to my own induction and I'm just going to say... those balloons are nowhere near as painful as they make it seem. I honestly didn't pay them much attention however, having your doctor reach to put them into place was pretty uncomfortable for me.
I sat on the pitocin and balloons for 6 hours before they decided to come in remove the balloons and break my water. I was borderline polyhydramnios which is basically a fancy way of saying I had a lot of water (amniotic fluid). My husband and I still crack up because neither of us expected the flood of water quite like it was, nor to hear my doctor say "Somebody get a life raft!" At this point I was dilated to a 5, roughly an hour later I was up to a 6... which I stayed at.... for way too long...
Here we are 18 hours into my induction and I'm still at a 6. Due to the fact this was a VBAC and I have underlying medical issues my doctor came into my room and gave me a choice.
" You can either get an epidural or have a c- section, it's up to you"
Call me crazy, but I really wanted the whole experience without an epidural. It was and always has been a goal of mine to experience vaginal childbirth without medication.
Add on the fact that I had been laboring for 18 hours by this point so I was exhausted.. I just started bawling...
I'm going to take a break to say, bringing a child into this world is hard work. You can opt for vaginal without medication, you can opt for medication, you can opt for c- section, it is completely your choice and no option makes you any less of a mother. For me personally this is just the route I wanted. Actually I wanted a water birth but this seemed like the next best option.
Will power is no joke. Up until this point I had been managing my contractions fairly well, sitting in a rocking chair, sitting on a birthing ball, getting up to use the restroom on my own, breathing through the contractions, but once they told me to get an epidural and I knew it was on its way.... let me tell you.... that was hands down one of the worst hours of my life.
From the time I was told I would be getting an epidural to the time I received it an hour had passed with contractions being at the top of the scale and 2-3 minutes apart. I was borderline screaming for the anesthesiologist. She finally came in around midnight, administered the epidural and I went to sleep.
About 5 in the morning I woke up to a sharp pain in my pelvis, and the epidural wasn't helping. I had my husband check the monitor for my contractions and they had stalled.. They weren't progressing for over 6 hours. By this point I was convinced I was going to have another c-section.
My doctor came into the room about 5:55, he checked my cervix and said well... I really thought we were going to have to do a c-section but are you ready to push? I immediately started bawling, I had finally made it to a 10 and was in 2nd stage of delivery. The next couple minutes were a whirlwind... I went from getting checked at 5:55 A.M. to hearing our sweet girl cry at 6:18 A.M.
I absolutely couldn't have made this possible without my doctor who stayed at the hospital all night long even though I was his only patient. It would have been easy for him to say let's do a c-section because he was ready to go home but he waited. I couldn't have done this without my night nurse Grace who talked me through everything, pushed on my side to help the pain, calmed my tears with the epidural, and jumped up and down when I hit a 10. And I really could not have done this without my incredible husband who pushed me through every contraction, and held my hand through the highs and lows that night.
Keep scrolling if you want to see our maternity pictures and newborn pictures
Special thank you to my mom for taking my maternity pictures!
Aurelia Loraine Russell
Named for my mother
May 20, 2020 | 6:18 A.M. | 7 lbs | 21 in