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Hello Mummies!!!! Eek! And another week down - 38 weeks... going so quickly now!
Alilaslett - I delivered DS (2) at Medcare and about to deliver No. 2 there when she decides to make an appearance - but they have been natural births (well working on the assumption all will go according to plan with this one!!) I have had two friends deliver two children via c-section at Medcare, both were happy, and returned for their second one, so I suppose that is a good sign. As I always advise on these things however, is most of this is down to person choice, just make sure you have visited the facilities and are comfortable with what you will be offered etc. Basically, what I consider to be a 'good' experience, might be a nightmare for someone else, it just completely depends on your expectations IYKWIM.
I have actually spent some time at St Thomas's as well - I was living in London when I conceived so all my scans and check ups (pre 20 weeks) were there, plus I was at the waterbirth of my neice there. I think comparatively, you will find there is a 'higher touch' service in the hospitals here, it is almost like a bit of a hotel stay in the private hospitals here. I think the inside of medcare's facilities are nicer, but clearly not the same spectacular view and surroundings that you get at St Thomas's!
Sorry, I can't help on the VBAC thing, my understanding is that they like quite a good length of time to have passed between births, but I am not sure if 17 months falls within that guideline - I know 2 years is considered okay (a friend did this) - someone else might be able to help on this...
Anyway, welcome to the thread and good luck!!