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Old 07-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #11
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I've had two fast labors (5 and 2 hours respectively). We are laying out a plan if we have a super fast labor with this baby. We'll have a birth kit ready of course and have a cutoff for when we need to call an ambulance. If the baby is born at home, I plan on having an ambulance come and transfer us to the nearest hospital. I am a bleeder, and have diabetes so homebirth is not an option for us.

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Old 07-26-2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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Renting a TENS machine could be a good option, but water also provides great relaxation and relief..
FYI, you can buy one for about $35 on overstock.com. thats where i got mine, cant imagine that renting one could be any cheaper?

i had a home waterbirth with my second and i still prefer the TENS like a million to one but thats just me!
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Thanks everyone!

I'll have to look up TENS, I don't know what that is.
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I should maybe check and see what's available around here for TENS machines. I've never used one, but it could be a good option to have for this time.
I usually am hanging on the edge of the tub waiting to be at least 5cm so that I can go in...

A TENS machine is a transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulator. It sends a mild electrical impulse that is supposed to confuse your nerves that are transmitting the pain signal, so that your brain doesn't interpret the signal as "pain", thus making your contractions much less painful.
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Definitely go to the hospital afterwards if you have an unplanned unassisted birth. They can help repair tears, make sure baby is okay, etc. Have you talked to your doctor about when to go in since you have a history of precipitous labor? I have friends who have a history of natural precipitous labors who chose with subsequent children to be induced precisely to avoid an accidental UC. Maybe that would be an option for you?
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Definitely go to the hospital afterwards if you have an unplanned unassisted birth. They can help repair tears, make sure baby is okay, etc. Have you talked to your doctor about when to go in since you have a history of precipitous labor? I have friends who have a history of natural precipitous labors who chose with subsequent children to be induced precisely to avoid an accidental UC. Maybe that would be an option for you?
I haven't talked with the doc yet. But I have an apt next week, so perhaps I'll bring it up and see what she says. I definitely won't be voluntarily induced, it's just not me I suppose. With my last I had to fight them not inducing, because they wanted to set a date for it before my due date had even come. Dd came on her own, 10 days late. But I'm dealing with different docs this time, so I'm not really sure the group's stance on it all yet.
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. I definitely won't be voluntarily induced, .
Good choice, Mama!

If you aren't happy with your doctor's stance this time, you've probably still got time to find a good midwife. I love my midwives.
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I must say that each birth is as different as the child you birth. Mine have gone from 48 hr labors to 6 hrs and back up to 14! There is so much that goes into play for these baby's arrival. I had homebirths in OK. One with a midwife that was not certified by the state, and we had to file for a certificate of live birth. My dd had been to the pede a few times since birth, so he was more than happy to sign for me. Also, anyone would count, as I recall: family or friends. It just has to be notarized.
As for labor, being calm helps to shorten the labor. I would definitely say trust your instincts. If you feel that there is something amiss about baby during labor, just go ahead to the hospital.
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I've had two fast labors (5 and 2 hours respectively). We are laying out a plan if we have a super fast labor with this baby. We'll have a birth kit ready of course and have a cutoff for when we need to call an ambulance. If the baby is born at home, I plan on having an ambulance come and transfer us to the nearest hospital. I am a bleeder, and have diabetes so homebirth is not an option for us.
I am with you on that! I don't have diabetes (yet: family history of it), but I am a serious bleeder. It is illegal to do a homebirth in IA, my current residence, but we found a midwife willing to stick her neck out for us. I lost that baby at 15 weeks, and we were at the hospital twice in three days. My HG count got down to 7.0. Hence, my last two were hospital births with a midwife. There is nothing like a homebirth! I miss them immensely. :'(
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