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ARM for VBAC tomorrow. Any positive stories welcome!

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SpanielFace Mon 18-Jan-16 17:07:45

I have posted about this before, so apologies. I am 40+2 and due to be induced for an attempted VBAC tomorrow via ARM. My 1st baby was an undiagnosed footling breech, I had an emergency CS at 5cm dilated, after going into labour spontaneously at 38 weeks. My 2nd baby was lost to a late missed miscarriage, he died around 18 weeks and was delivered vaginally at 21 weeks. He is the reason that I don't want to go further overdue, so please don't advise me to do so. (It's been a very long pregnancy, with lots of extra tests and the stress that brings, and I am worried about the risks of going too far overdue).

Anyone with positive stories about being induced for a VBAC? Google has depressed me and made me convinced I am going to end up with another caesarian. I have had 2 sweeps, starting at 40+3, and when she repeated it yesterday my bishops score was 6 (cervix 1-2cm and still 3cm long, but soft and stretchy). Since my first sweep last week I have had several "shows", a heavy mucus discharge (sometimes tinged with fresh blood), and intermittent period-type achiness. No contractions, though. sad

Anyone with any happy stories, that don't end with surgery? I'm starting to think I should have just had an elective caesarian weeks ago, but I really would love a natural birth.

Mumberjack Mon 18-Jan-16 22:33:52

I can't offer my experience but my hospital wouldn't offer ARM unless they thought it had a chance of working, so it looks promising from here. They should also be aware of your history so they won't mess about in terms of your health and that of your baby.
Wishing you the best of luck for a quick and straightforward labour, and hope it isn't too long before you have your little bundle safely in your arms.

SpanielFace Tue 19-Jan-16 06:50:27

Thank you for the reply. We are leaving for the hospital shortly. I feel like the morning before an exam!

Confusedandbaffled Tue 19-Jan-16 06:58:21

Good luck OP! Hope it all goes fabulously! I had an induced VBAC 14months ago, my waters had ruptured very prematurely so mine wasn't ARM but using the drip instead so obv different but it went really well smile I wasn't in labour when I was hooked up to the monitors - and baby was out within 4hrs of drip starting.

All the best!

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