My doctor says that it's usually about 70% successful, but that my fibroids may well be too big and too much in the way for it to work; she says it's up to us whether we want to try it, but that she'd probably be inclined not to, if it were her decision. (Presumably because she thinks it won't work, so it's some discomfort and effort to no purpose.)
I'm pretty waffly on this. If we don't try it, we'd probably be going ahead and scheduling a C-section as the next step, since there are all sorts of problems with breech vaginal deliveries, and in the U.S. at the moment at least, most medical advice seems to be that C-section is much safer all around. (One website I was reading referred to breech vaginal deliveries as a 'lost art').
I don't have a *huge* emotional attachment to a vaginal delivery, the way some women do. I don't think I'll feel that I've 'failed as a woman' if I have a C-section. But you know, part of the point of doing the whole pregnancy thing was to experience all this, from the minor discomforts of pregnancy to the intensity of labor and delivery. It's a writerly impulse, as much as anything else, I think -- I want to know what it feels like. I'm an experience junkie. I do think I'll feel somewhat disappointed if we do C-section instead. I mean, yes, C-section is an experience too, but somehow it seems more in the general class of 'experience of surgery' rather than 'experience of childbirth'. Is it stupid to feel that way?
None of my experience-desiring is important, not in the grand scheme of things -- healthy mom and healthy baby are much more important, so if the doctor says C-section is the safer, smarter way to go in this case, I'm more than willing to do that. But if it's more a matter of enduring some discomfort in order to try for a vaginal birth...hmm...I just don't know. Advice?
(Side note: apparently if we schedule the C-section, it's usually scheduled for 38 or 39 weeks. Which means we might have baby in less than two weeks, instead of the four weeks we'd been thinking. Eep.)