07-28-2012, 12:33 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Big Island, Hawaii
Re: Question about homebirth (long, sorry!)....
MY first was born in the hospital under the care of a midwife. Unfortunately, she was under the advisement of an OB, one that I had never met but who was making decisions for my care over the phone. It was a struggle from front to back trying to have the birth that I wanted. Ultimately, there were no interventions in the birth of my son but it was not the experience that I was hoping for. I also had the nice "massage" and tug to get the placenta out right around the 10/15 minute mark. I think that they only waited that long because I insisted that the cord stop pulsing before they cut it.
Both of my girls were then born at home. Free of people telling me how I should feel, when I could walk, when to push...both of those were amazing. My first HB I delivered the placenta at exactly 1 hour after i had my little girl -- I KNOW they would not have let me go that long at the hospital. My second I delivered it right around the 45 minute mark and again know that I would not have been "allowed" to wait that long for it to come naturally. I came away from both of those births feeling incredibly empowered.
I encourage you to read, read, read. Good stories. Bad stories. Educate yourself and know what you want. Homebirth is amazing.
ETA: All of my babies' birth stories are linked in my signature if you care to read them.
Shannon ~ Wife to Kevin || 08.14.04
Mama Nikolas Eli 04.14.07, Kate Elise 11.06.08,
Charlene Keala 9.27.10, Zakary Michael 10.25.12 & Lillian Hikialani 10.25.14 ~
Baby "Teo" due December 2016 || Loving life on the Big Island!