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VBAC - is this encouraged or can I have ELCS?

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Fluffy24 Tue 12-Jan-16 21:26:56

I had an ELCS with DS (breech).

If I have another I want another ELCS.

Would I need to really push hard for that, or is having had a previous CS sufficient grounds to have another?

SnackPlease Tue 12-Jan-16 21:35:14

You should be referred to a birth choices team or similar who will work with you to figure out what is best for you and your baby.

I had an EMCS with DC1 and due to this one being breech I am having an ELCS. However had it not been breech I believe if I had really wanted an ELCS I would have been able to 'negotiate' that. I was offered the reasons for and against VBAC and the end of the day they want you to make an informed choice that is safe.

There is a lot of very good advice on the Childbirth board about this so might be worth popping on there too smile

CityMole Tue 12-Jan-16 21:45:34

I think they do still encourage vbac but they should offer you an elcs if you ask - see under section 1.2.9. (Which came into force in 2011).

SnackPlease Tue 12-Jan-16 21:57:52

That's an immensely useful link, mole. Thank you for sharing.

CityMole Tue 12-Jan-16 21:59:50

You're very welcome.

Fluffy24 Wed 13-Jan-16 06:40:16

Brilliant, thank you!

Maurice169 Wed 13-Jan-16 12:01:48

I went through Vbac, ended up with 3rd degree tear due to long labour and forceps delivery. That took a long time to heal and has had a lasting effect.
I'm expecting no. 3 and booking myself in for ELCS. Good luck!

Iwonderif Wed 13-Jan-16 16:39:18

That's a brilliant article citymole. smile

superking Wed 13-Jan-16 18:12:07

I had a c section first time round for reasons that would not affect my ability to labour naturally second time round. I'm now pregnant with my second and for various reasons decided I would rather have an ELCS than a VBAC. I thought I might have to really fight for this but was pleasantly surprised when the midwife at my booking appointment didn't bat an eyelid and made an appointment for me to see a consultant to discuss. I did ask her if it was really as simple as that and she told me that they were not in the business of making women beg for a second CS if they had had one already and wanted another.

However, I have heard horror stories on these boards where other women have not had it so easy. So I would arm yourself with the facts and the NICE guidelines and state your case firmly. Good luck.

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