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Old 10-03-2010, 08:48 PM   #21
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Re: Home Birth V.S. Hospital Birth

I can totally understand where both of you are coming from... I was successful at convincing my husband to do a home birth. Everything was beautiful for the first 23 hours. I was surrounded by people I love, very relaxed & doing yoga. It was absolutely magical. There were some complications after the birth & I had to be rushed to the ER while my beautiful baby boy was at home with my sister. I think when home births go right, they are an amazing thing. But it's pretty scary when they go wrong. I know that scary things can happen in a hospital too & it's definitely a different vibe. However, if I had been in a hospital, the problems I had would not have turned life-threatening (granted I might have had completely different problems!). I think if we *ever* decide to have another child, it would be in a hospital with a very specific birth plan (baby to chest once born, left there while all stats checked, etc). I have had friends that have had successful natural hospital births with delayed cord cutting, etc. I think you just need to be very specific about your birth plan & have a doula there to support you. Whatever your decision, I wish you peace & luck!

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Old 10-03-2010, 09:03 PM   #22
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I'm not worried women in my family don't have a history of dangerous births, long yes but not dangerous. My 1st was only 17 hrs from the 1st contraction till he was born (got to love having a mom that is a homeopath and acupuncturist) and anyway with all the technology they have now they can usually tell when there might be something that could go wrong so you can be prepared (I plan to go to my Dr until 34 weeks then see the MW).

I will try to convince him to have a home birth and if all else fails I'll pull the good old ''Who is having this kid'' routine and tell him if he cant get over him self to leave and I'll call him when it's over (trust me he will get over himself rather than risk missing the birth).
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:09 PM   #23
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Re: Home Birth V.S. Hospital Birth

I think what she is saying is that those women came in to the ER after trying to deliver at home. I think...

BTW, I have 4 sisters and we all had VERY different labor stories and none of us labored or delivered the same.

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Re: Home Birth V.S. Hospital Birth

Oh and the heart rate dropping is pretty normal. That happened several times at our homebirth & our midwife would reach in & massage my baby's head & it would go right back up. Midwives should be prepared to deal with that kind of stuff.
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A competent midwife is trained in normal birth, and any deviation from that is something she will notice and act on--if that means transferring to a hospital, then that's what happens.

From the comments and questions I get in real life, I think many people are very misinformed about what a midwife's training and job is. It's like people think she comes and sings Kumbaya with you and holds some healing crystals or something.

The fact is that in a few instances, whether in hospitals or in homes, things go wrong, and sometimes not even the most advanced technology and highly-trained specialists can make everything ok. What I'm saying is that babies and mothers die in hospitals too. A hospital is not a guarantee--there are no guarantees in birth.
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Yes, there are risks either way. At home you don't have the resources of a hospital, but at hospitals have crazy stuff like MRSA and people who don't know you and can't remember what is in your chart. You just gotta make the decision that is right for you. Being that the hospital is 5 minutes away, that should put your DH at ease. I mean, 5 minutes is NOTHING.
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I think what she is saying is that those women came in to the ER after trying to deliver at home. I think...

BTW, I have 4 sisters and we all had VERY different labor stories and none of us labored or delivered the same.
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I would be scarred too if I saw that.
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Yes, there are risks either way. At home you don't have the resources of a hospital, but at hospitals have crazy stuff like MRSA and people who don't know you and can't remember what is in your chart. You just gotta make the decision that is right for you. Being that the hospital is 5 minutes away, that should put your DH at ease. I mean, 5 minutes is NOTHING.
Yeah and with his driving in one of those I have to get there now type of thing would get me there and on a stretcher in about 3 minutes flat.
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Subbing. We are in the same boat. I'm thinking birth center next to ease into home birth for the third child.
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