Wednesday was a banner shite day. My midwife had been encouraging me to maintain a relationship with an OB, and I knew this necessitated a change. Friends and L&D nurses urged me to try this one doc, Dr. A (we shall call him), stating that if anyone was going to give me a chance at VBA2C, it would be him.
So, I naively went to my 9:50am interview/appointment with Dr. A. I was nervous – didn’t really sleep the night before – but hopeful. The staff was very nice; the nurse was nice. (I had previously talked with her.) I had previously met this doc, so at least I wasn’t worried about that.
He was interested to know why I was there since obviously I had been seeing another OB for the 1st three-quarters of my pregnancy. I told him I had 4 reasons:
- I am very motivated for a VBA2C
He interrupts . . . “Don’t do it.” Shaking head. Patronizing tone.
The rest of the appointment was him trying to scare me out of it, and by the time I told him I’d been diagnosed with a thin lower uterine segment (LUS) during the RCS, he was certain that I am a nut. Actually, he recognized that I had done a lot of thinking and researching, but he didn’t think I had given enough thought to permanent damage to the baby and permanent damage to me. (Like, DUH! What else have I been thinking about the past 7 months. FFS!!!!!!!)
What was scary is that he’s familiar with the same research I’ve studied. He mentioned the Cochrane library. He refuted the opinion of the NIH VBAC Consensus Panel (because most of them don’t deliver babies). The research doesn’t point to maternal death from uterine rupture but he’s seen it. Fetal demise begins within 8 minutes of the onset of bradycardia associated with rupture which is too short a time to get a cesarean performed. Yada yada.
Terrifying. And I’ve done my research. I’ve been researching this since 2007. I have a PhD. I have fantastic research and analytical skills. And I was still terrified. And I still doubted myself, my support system, everything. And I resented my baby.
And I freaked the hell out. Couldn’t go to work.
So, you probably see the “pissed” part.
Here’s the “accepting” part.
Of course he’s going to do “his job” and dissuade me from VBA2C. In his experience, it’s too risky to justify. He’s not going to understand why I disagree. I’ll never be able to “educate” him here either. When I don’t rupture and have this baby at home without incident, he’ll assume I got lucky. I accept that he views birth with a completely different lense.
However, he’s agreed to take me and said he won’t drop me either even if I go forward with the VBAC. He’d rather babysit me through this poor choice than turn me away. I’ll have to sign an AMA (against medical advice) waiver just to cover his butt. Fine; whatever. So, for now . . . I’m planning to continue my concurrent care with him. If it becomes a regular thing for him to try and terrorize me, then I’ll drop him.
Although he really shook me to the core on Wednesday, thanks to the amazing support of ICAN and Birth After Cesarean, I’m back on track and actually feeling more solid about my birth plans. I just don’t “see” the hospital figuring into this experience. Perhaps God or my baby or some 6th sense will change things, but for now, I’m back to planning a peaceful birth at home.