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WWYD? I'm in early labour but booked in for ELCS in about 3 hours!

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SunnyUpNorth Thu 27-Dec-12 06:23:19

I am 41 weeks pregnant with dc2. Briefly, last time I was induced at 41+6, had several sweeps over the week prior to that, then had gel pessaries, waters broken, syntocinon drip over a 3 day period and eventually an EMCS due to FTP. Never got past 3cm.

Anyway this time I agreed I was happy to try for a VBAC but I didn't want any sort of induction at all. My strategy was that if I went into labour myself I had a better chance of it being successful and if not I would have the ELCS.

DH and I had totally given up on me going into labour and then typically yesterday I started having cramps and contractions. By 6pm they were every 7mins or so, lasting around 30/45 seconds. By 11pm they were every 4mins so labour ward told me to come in.

I had a show before I left home and then when they examined me I was only about 1cm dilated. Due to previous CS they kept me in and sent DH home. Still having v regular contractions, haven't slept at all and just about surviving on my tens machine.

Really don't know what to do now. On the one hand I would like to give the VBAC a go but they said it could still be hours/days before I am in established labour....if it ever happens. Really don't want a repeat of last time where we had no sleep for days and days and were quite traumatised.

We were psyched up for the CS and as the date had become so close had booked childcare for dd, booked DH's paternity leave etc. So waiting for days and potentially ending up with a CS anyway and then further days in hospital is not ideal.

Think they will examine me again around 8 or 9ish and see if I have dilated at all which will help in making a decision. But I really don't know what to do, help!

TheBeanAndTheBee Fri 28-Dec-12 15:12:23


MerryChristMoose Fri 28-Dec-12 15:26:24

Welcome to the world George!

Congratulations Sunny

FlimFlamMerrilyOnHigh Fri 28-Dec-12 15:35:52

Well done you! Congratulations!

blondassassin Fri 28-Dec-12 16:42:58

Congratulations Sunny and welcome to the world George! So pleased it all went well for you and you will be home with your precious bundle very soon. xxx

WhispersOfWickedness Fri 28-Dec-12 17:00:09

Aww, I love a live birth thread that I get to late and there's already a lovely squishy newborn at the end of it grin
Congratulations Sunny and welcome baby George smile

lainey1234 Fri 28-Dec-12 17:12:26

Love this thread! Had given me some hope for a natural birth next time around - well done!!

ElfOnTheShelf Fri 28-Dec-12 18:12:39

YAY!! Congratulations Sunny on the birth of little baby George - well done you for sticking with it and having the result you wanted. What a wonderful end to the year smile

ovenchips Fri 28-Dec-12 18:59:00

How lovely. Congratulations and you did fantastically well!

NanoNinja Fri 28-Dec-12 20:07:24

Ah, well done, big congratulations, and welcome baby George!

helebear Fri 28-Dec-12 20:10:25

Congratulations to you & your family! I've been lurking & wondering how you were getting on, lovely news. Enjoy getting to know your little boy. X

Viewofthehills Sat 29-Dec-12 21:04:56

Congratulations, very well done.

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