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Old 08-21-2009, 03:29 PM   #1
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Homebirth mama's a ? for you

I guess I should hve worded my OP differently, bascally I'm not planning on UC'ing I'm planning on going to the hospital once I feel I am ready to go not once my contractions are 30 min apart (like doc wants).

If I wait and labor comes fast, I want to be prepared. HB mama's when did YOU decide to cut the cord? Did you have a kit, is it worth it to get one "just in case" and what about documentation if you delivered at home without a provider.

I'm VERY tired. Dh is working nites so I'm up late sewing and up early off to the library to keep the kids quiet while he sleeps, so my wording was all wrong.

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Re: Homebirth mama's a ? for you

Do you have midwives in your area? I had a homebirth with a midwife. I would definitely suggest something like that if that's available to you. I didn't want to go to the hospital either. On the other hand...I had a very complicated birth and my DS and I almost died. The midwife handled it really well and had she not been there, well, we wouldn't be here now. If midwives are not available to you then doing most of your laboring at home is a really good idea! I would just plan on getting to the hospital in time. If it does accidentally happen at home, I'm not sure how to answer your question. I've heard of women just calling for an ambulance transfer after and dealt with a short hospital stay. If baby and you are ok, they might discharge you earlier than had you been a patient. Once again though, I would highly suggest not doing it yourself, even though this is your 4th.
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TBH, if you don't know the answers to those questions, an unassisted birth might not be the way to go. I would really suggest getting a midwife that can do home birth, like a CPM or LM.

As for the cord, you don't have to do anything... I'm assuming you would call your care provider when the baby is born, and they will want to check you and the baby out... But you can leave the cord/placenta attached for as long as you want.

Getting a SS card/ BC isn't hard. You call the health department, tell them your husband delivered your baby at home, and then you will have to go in, sign some papers and that is that. It isn't hard at all.

Please think about having a midwife. UC is a great option for some people, but not for everyone, and it isn't something to be taken lightly.
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I also want to add, that if you choose not to take the baby/yourself to get medical care (and have a OB) the OB might call DCF/CSS on you. They have policies about that stuff.
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We're planning a homebirth and I was just wondering about getting the birth cert. & etc. I know alot of people who said they went to the courthouse to do it.

As for the cord, you can buy kits with clamps, or you can just use a clean shoelace.

With the placenta, my MW said that if we don't want to keep or do anything with it, we'll put it in a gallon size zip lock bag, freeze it and then throw it out with the trash.
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Why are you against simply going to the hospital when you're in labor and having the baby there? What were the circumstances surrounding your previous births that you're talking about? Have you had a MW/OB up until now for prenatal care? JW, because you're due in 8 or so weeks, and it sounds like you really haven't researched a UC until now, which is dangerously close to birthing time to be making such a big decision. I'm all for natural births(I've had two all-natural midwife-assisted births myself), but the way you're talking and questions you're asking just make the whole situation sound risky, a bit last-minute, and frankyl, a little ignorant on your behalf. A little more information from you could help us understand, I'm sure.
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The nurses would NOT let me move during a contraction at all because the fetal monitor would act up. It was very uncomfortable and ended up with epidurals after 10 hours of not being allowed to labor naturally by changing position etc. I just don't wan tto do it again. this was with military hospital in which i did have a midwife but they are so busy they don't show up untill catch time.

Now, we have just moved to a new area, my hometown in Maine. there are NO midwives around, the hospital is 30 miles away and the closest ambulance station is 30 miles away. I'm not planning on having it at home, just doinng most of the laboring at home, and if laboring naturally speeds up the process and I happen to have it at home I was just asking some q's. All my labors have been 13+ hours so I'm not all that worried about making it to the hospital in time, however sometimes you don't follow your previous pattern and a baby is born a bit quicker, my mom had my sis in 2 hrs and held her in on the way to the hospital, she was baby #2 me (#1) and Bro (#3) were 22 and 15 hours....

I AM a former EMT and was qualified in delieveries and I do know what to do, just not what to have around as we had a "delievery kit" abord the ambulance. And I know I can tie off with string etc. I was just wondering if I should go ahead and buy a kit "in case" I do deliver at home.

I know mama's here have had babies at home with just them and thier families and wanted some advice from experienced mamas, mostly about documentation.

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Contact Barbara Herrera. She is a homebirth midwife in CA and can probably find one near you.
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I don't think there's anything wrong with asking the questions. All UC'ers/homebirthers have to do SOME amount of research, it's different for everyone and we all have to start somewhere. I don't think it means you shouldn't consider UC'ing just because you're asking questions.

A cord clamp came with some of the birth supplies I ordered, but otherwise we would have just tied it off after it stopped pulsating. (we waited to clamp it as well)

As for the paperwork, I just sent an email to our state vital statistics and requested a homebirth packet which is basically all the paperwork. Filled out the BC form and got the BC and SS card. I think it's different for every state, though.
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