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10 May 2008 @ 08:27 am
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We have just discovered we are expecting baby number two. I want a lot of things different this time. So, I have been doing my research. I am hoping some things go differently this time around. I think that I have to do some more research and more soul-searching to decide what really matters in the end (besides a healthy baby of course!).
One thing I already know for sure; if I have a boy, I am not circumcising. From everything I have read, there really seems to be no edge for circumcising. And since I can't find any conclusive evidence to circ, then I don't see the need for putting the baby through unnecessary pain.
I'm still doing my research on VBACs. My first, Kea, was born via emergency C-section after 41 hours of induced labor. Upon doing my research, so far I have found that the chance of uterine rupture is fairly low, but that the ACOG and the RCOG and several other doc groups all recommed fetal hearttone monitoring during labor to determine uterine rupture. I really had a dream of laboring at home as long as possible, but it seems that with a VBAC it is not recommended. I am terrified of laboring while strapped to a bed; I want to walk around. At least, though, the risks are higher of rupture if labor is artificially induced. So no induction for me! Woot! Any thoughts, links or helpful advice on VBAC is appreciated.
My first appointment is May 16th. According to the due date calendars, the baby is due December 25th. Hehe; poor Christmas baby. Here's the deal. I am going to military docs, so I feel that my rights are pretty much going to be run all over. They do have midwives here, but with the hospital being such as it is, I have this feeling they are going to do an automatic C-section. I don't think, because of my "high-risk" category, that they won't let me see a midwife. Since John will be deployed, I am seriously considering a doula. I'm going to need someone to be my voice; do they speak for the child too? If I have to have a C-section, what function does the doula play then?
I think that my bottom line, at this point, is this: I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT want them to feed the child, even if I DO have a C-section. The ONLY thing I will allow is if the baby's glucose drops too low, is to DIP a nipple in sugar-water and let the baby suck on it. When I was in recovery with Kea, I'm sure they fed her, and we never established a nursing relationship. I DO NOT want that with this child. I need a strong advocate for the baby in case I'm in recovery.
I think the biggest thing is that I want to TRY natural labor. I want to see if I can do it, without harm to me or the child.
P.S. If anyone has any good links for and against the Glucose Tolerance Test, I would like to read them. Thanks for letting me ramble!!!
Anneflayre on May 11th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
you can actually have a VBAC at home with a home birth midwife. You can still labor at home as long as possible as well.

you don't have to consent to an automatic C-section. Hire a doula. Do research at http://www.dona.org on that.

against GTT http://onyx-ii.com/birthsong/page.cfm?gestational
Doricomdoricom on May 11th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the links!! Those are going to help in my research. :)