As many of you know, I had to have an emergency c-section with Ariana. Though both baby and I were healthy and the delivery was much easier (no pushing and out in 20 minutes), the recovery was not to be desired. I was on bed rest for two weeks and couldn’t pick up anything heavier than my newborn, which means I couldn’t pick up Liam.
In Louisville, it is pretty standard that if you have had one c-section, doctors will refuse to allow you to deliver vaginally again. Because Bill and I were not keen on this idea, we began to do research. Every piece of research we found, including the AMA and ACOG, shows that VBACs (vaginal births after c-section) are safer than repeat c-sections. We never found any evidence to support anything different; however, in our sue-happy society fewer and fewer doctors agree to perform VBACs because of law suits.
We found an organization whose purpose is to increase c-section awareness and push for more VBACs (no pun intended). It is called ICAN of Louisville. I went to a meeting a couple of weeks ago and learned a lot. I would encourage you to check out their site sometime, especially if you are dealing with this problem or know someone who is. It is full of several helpful resources and articles.
One thing I found out is that I will basically have to go to Southern Indian and deliver at Clark Memorial Hospital if I want a VBAC. Many doctors there and the hospital are supporters of VBACs and natural deliveries. Though I am not excited about the idea of changing doctors and hospitals, the more I’m finding out about Clark, the more calm I’m becoming.
I ask you to pray for a few things for us. One, that I will have the strength I need to tell my current doctor I am changing. I see him today, and he has been a huge blessing to our family. We have no desire to leave him, but he isn’t willing to perform a VBAC. Two, please begin praying for this delivery even now. I have had bad experiences with both deliveries, and it was only by God’s grace that I got to deliver Liam vaginally. Please pray that a c-section will not be necessary. Three, would you begin praying for this child’s (and Liam and Ariana’s) souls, that God would call them to Himself and that they will learn to desire Him above all things and glorify Him always? It’s never too early.