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Old 06-19-2009, 04:22 PM   #21
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UC is pretty common. I'm considering doing this. I don't feel that I need a midwife there nor do I want one either.

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Old 06-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #22
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I would (sadly) not consider freebirthing, or probably not even a home birth if I have another child. DD had to be put on oxygen after inhaling blood/mucous when I had a major hemmorage. I lost tons of blood and in that moment I was so glad to be in a hospital. For the ideal no-complications birth, freebirthing sounds like an amazing experience.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:55 PM   #23
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I don't feel that I know my body well enough to even attempt it. I'm not interested either nor would my husband allow me. I think it's everyone's personal choice and who am I to say anything negative about it.
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:51 PM   #24
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I think that it'd be very empowering and freeing.

That being said - I hemorrhaged after giving birth to my daughter (in a hospital under the supervision of an OB) and would have died had I been in a home setting. Heck, I nearly died in a hospital setting (that's what I'm told anyway; I don't remember some parts after DD was born).
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:00 PM   #25
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Because of my DD's complications at birth, I know I will have a hard time deciding what to do if I have another baby. Unassisted is very high up on my list because if I had the same situation happen, I would choose to let the baby die rather than go through what DD has gone through. I go back and forth between wanting a planned c-section, to wanting a homebirth with a midwife who is ok with not calling the squad, to doing unassisted, to doing a hospital birth only if they would be willing to abstain from interventions if the same thing happened.

Bottom line....I'm not going to let someone force my child to live and it would be simpler if there was no midwife or doctor to resuscitate him/her or call the squad against my wishes.

And now that we think DD's problems may be genetic in nature...well let's just say it's even more important I have a good plan in place.
Oh mama, I just glimpsed at your blog and my heart aches for what you have been through. Your daughter is beautiful! I am sending good thoughts your way.
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I have thought about this for a while, but after having a very difficult and traumatic birth with my DD, I realized it is not safe or practical for me to attempt with future births. It's probably a great fit for some families though.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:41 PM   #27
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if I had more family support Id do it but since I dont Im oping for a midwife or doula at home.
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:41 PM   #28
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I think there's actually a lot of women on here that birth unassisted. I think my friend does (she has 6 now) but b/c she's so busy we trade baby announcements and that's it.
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i planned on a UC with my youngest. but for some reason i felt "called" if you will, to contact a MW around 26 weeks. im glad i did, but i wish i could have had a UC. after the highly managed, "in the spotlight" and traumatic pg and birth of my twins, i just wanted to relax and enjoy my pg and birth, without all the "noise". and for the most part i did. like i said, im glad the MW was here for me, but i would totally consider UC again if i have another baby (which is really unlikely!).

eta~ i have not watched freebirth yet, though i recorded it last night and am looking forward to seeing it!
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Old 06-19-2009, 08:59 PM   #30
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I will not judge others that choose this option; however, it is definitely not for me. With knowing the problems a child can endure with even a brief period of anoxia, I would never feel comfortable with a birth where oxygen levels couldn't be monitored closely with medical intervention at the first sign of any distress.
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