Reese’s VBAC Birth Story

Reese’s Birth Story

Mama: Kelly G.

Type of Birth: Vaginal, VBAC

Birth Location: Hospital

Primary Care: Obstetrician

In April of 2012 I went to the doctor for my yearly well-woman exam. I spoke with the doctor and told her that we would like to try for a second baby, and we got the green light to go ahead. Two weeks later my doctor called me and told me that the results of my pap smear came back abnormal and we would need to do some further testing to figure out what was going on.

I scheduled a colposcopy and an endometrial biopsy for the following week. I knew that there was a possibility I could be pregnant, but it was too early to tell and the doctor had tested me and said it came back negative. During the procedure she could not get my cervix to dilate so the endometrial biopsy could not be done.

I thank God for this everyday because had they been able to get in there and do a biopsy, my daughter may not be here today.

Since they couldn’t do the biopsy, I scheduled a LEEP procedure. The day after I scheduled it, something told me to take a home pregnancy test. I did, and it was positive. I was shaking in my boots! We were trying for a second baby, but I was scared about what it meant for the treatment for my abnormal pap. Luckily, I have awesome doctors and they reassured me that during the pregnancy we would keep an eye on things, but that it would be fine to delay treatment until the baby was born.

I had a c-section in January 2011 with my son because he was breech. I had felt devastated and felt ‘robbed’ of giving birth. I knew with any future children I wanted to attempt a vaginal birth, and my doctor was very supportive of a VBAC.

At the end of my second pregnancy, I was getting antsy, like the majority of pregnant women do. My due date was January 22, 2013 and when I saw that date come and go, I was feeling defeated. My doctor was willing to do a gentle induction with Pitocin but I desperately wanted to go into labor on my own.

My induction was set for 40 weeks, five days.

The night before the induction I started having contractions but I wasn’t sure if it was real labor or not. I decided to try to get some sleep since I knew we would be going to the hospital early the next morning. I was able to sleep off and on through the contractions, and then around 4:30 a.m. the hospital called and said we could come in. I was still having contractions and they were getting closer together and painful. I knew at that point I was in labor and was thrilled that my body did it on its own!

We got to the hospital around 6 a.m. and a nurse checked me; I was three centimeters dilated and contracting every five to eight minutes. My doctor decided to break my water to get things going. That was definitely a strange experience! My water broke with my son, but it was one small gush and nothing else. This time it was tons of fluid, and any time I moved I felt like I was peeing myself. The nurse would change my bedding and five minutes later I’d page her to change them because they were soaked again. I wanted to get up and walk around a bit, but the nurse discouraged that since I had so much fluid coming out, so I continued to labor on my back in bed.

My contractions were slowing down a bit, so the doctor ordered Pitocin and that got things going again really quickly. The contractions on Pitocin were no joke, and a new one would start as soon as the previous one ended. I couldn’t get any relief in between them. The nurse checked me around noon and I was four centimeters dilated. They turned the Pitocin off and I begged for an epidural at that point! I had to wait about 45 minutes for them to get to me, and it was torture.

I had amazing support from my husband and my mom during those 45 minutes. I squeezed their hands and they stroked my hair as I cried from the pain. Once I got the epidural I was feeling good and was able to relax and even slept a little bit.

Relaxing helped me progress even faster and before I knew it, I was complete. I remember the nurse checking me and telling me to do a practice push. Her eyes got huge and she told me to stop unless I wanted her to deliver the baby!

At about 3:30 p.m., the doctor came in and we got ready to push. She went over the basics of pushing with me and we got down to business. I couldn’t feel anything, which I was grateful for. I pushed for about 15 minutes and delivered my daughter at 3:48 p.m.

When they placed her on my chest, I screamed out, “I DID IT!” I never doubted my body since I didn’t get a chance to see what my body could do during labor with my son, but I guess I doubted that a VBAC would really happen for me. I was so proud of myself in that moment, and to this day when I think about my daughter’s birth I get emotional and feel proud that I accomplished a VBAC. Reese truly is my miracle baby in more ways than one.

At my six-week postpartum checkup, my doctor performed a pap smear which came back abnormal again. She sent me to an OB oncologist because of the severe nature of my previous pap smears. That doctor performed another colposcopy and I was extremely nervous for the results.

When he called me I about fell on the floor from happiness. My cervical dysplasia had cleared up from giving birth and the abnormal result on the pap smear was just inflammation!

I knew having a vaginal birth could clear up cervical dysplasia, so that was a huge motivator in having a VBAC. My VBAC provided me with a beautiful daughter and a clean bill of health. I couldn’t be happier!

Guest Mama Kelly is a mama to two adorable children and hails from central Missouri.

One Response to Reese’s VBAC Birth Story

  1. What a wonderful story! Congrats on your VBAC mama…your little one is beautiful!

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