Hey there! I hope it all goes well! i had an emergency c-section with my son. When i was pregnant with my son, at 36 weeks they said i had pre-eclampsia and so because of high blood pressure, they decided to induce me at 38 weeks. i started having contractions pretty mush straight after they gave me the gel and i totally lost control, there was not much space in between and they were horrible. after a few hours, his heart rate started to drop, and when they did an internal, i wasnt even dilating so they just decided to do an emergency c-section to get him out quick. then the spinal block didnt work so they put me under a general. i wasnt even awake for his birth, and when he was born he was only 5pounds so he was whisked away to the NIC unit so i didnt even get to see him properly till the next day. i was pretty upset and it took me weeks to get over the operation!
so when i fell pregnant with my daughter i was relly determined that her birth would be totally different. Nepean hospital told me about a VBAC study they were doing and asked if i would like partake in it. i jumped at the chance! i was 11 days overdue when the day i was meant to go into hospital to see if they could get things moving, i felt my first contraction at 4:30 that morning. i was cheering, i was so over being pregnant! wink) i managed at home until sometime in the afternoon, i think about 1 or 2pm, there was a big storm coming and my contractions were getting stronger so we decided we'd go to the hospital. plus i was a bit worried about the babies heartrate, i was worried it would start dropping again and i wanted to get it checked out.
we got to the hospital about 2 or 3 and they did an internal and found i wasnt even 1cm yet!! 9 hours and nothing had happened i was pretty annoyed. i started dilating VERY slowly and i started on the gas about 4 or something. worked my way up to top notch, but by now id been going a loooong time, and so they gave me some pethidine which was horrible. it just exhausted me but didnt help with the contractions. i finally got an epidural when i was about 6cm about 11pm that night and just zonked for a few hours. the doctor said he would be back at 6am to give me another internal and decide what to do from there. i was so scared he would come back and say i wasnt dilating and he would have to give me another c/s. but finally at about 5:15am i felt an immense amount of pressure downstairs and i started feeling contractions again even tho i still had the epidural. the doctor came back and said i was fully dilated and that i could start pushing with the next contraction. i started crying at those words! they meant so much to me! my husband and my mother were with me, and after 10 minutes of pushing my little girl was born at 5:40 am, weighing 3.47kg. after a crazy 25 hour labour! phew! it was the most amazing birth! and i did it all naturally!!