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The farm anyone ?

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My VBAC OB had her first child there, and the nurse who attends one of the local homebirth midwives almost went there when her babe turned breech. I was recently looking into all my different birth options and she (the nurse) mentioned that these days you have to go to the Farm much earlier in your pregnancy... they no longer let you just "show up" at the end of the pregnancy. I didn't follow up on her statement so I'm not positive about that, but if you're interested in birthing there you might want to give them a call! (the number is at the bottom of that page )
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I am planning my birth at The Farm this summer and am also posting a blog entry tomorrow evening about my decision/ thoughts on the place. I'll also be listing several birth stories I have found via the web that have taken place at the farm in that post. Hope it helps you!

http://www.harvestofdailylife.com
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I was recently looking into all my different birth options and she (the nurse) mentioned that these days you have to go to the Farm much earlier in your pregnancy... they no longer let you just "show up" at the end of the pregnancy. I didn't follow up on her statement so I'm not positive about that, but if you're interested in birthing there you might want to give them a call! (the number is at the bottom of that page )
I just wanted to add that I have talked with a midwife at the farm in great detail about the birthing options available. If you live close to the facility you can just show up the day labor begins but for those of us who live so far away staying at the farm prior to your due date is the better option.
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If you live close to the facility you can just show up the day labor begins but for those of us who live so far away staying at the farm prior to your due date is the better option.
I didn't call to confirm (I think I found a local vbac option, finger's crossed!) but what my friend recalled was that the midwives at the Farm wanted to be more involved in the prenatal care... so yes, if you live locally you can just "show up" when labor begins, and if you live further away you can stay there for a few weeks. But they told her that they discourage mamas from switching to a Farm birth in the last few weeks of their pregnancy unless they really have no local options. Again, this was just her recollection (and this was a year or so ago since her little one is around 3 now I think) but I'd still suggest calling the midwives to double check their policies and how much contact they would like before the birth. Plus, if you're coming from out of town you'd want to arrange a birth cottage for a few weeks anyway.

happy birthing!
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I have a midwife at the farm that I'll be visiting next weekend. I am using from The Farm to deliver this summer but I live over 3 hours away in Indiana.

I have prenatal care here in Indiana through an OBGYN that is covered by our insurance so all my blood work and my monthly exams are being done that way since over 3 hours drive is way too far to drive for Farm prenatal care.

My midwife said one initial visit is required (we are doing it next weekend) and then I'll also need to meet with the back up doctor they use out of the regional hospital before I deliver.

That way if crazy complications do arise I'll have a relationship with a doc that is supportive and none judgmental about birthing outside the hospital if a hospital transport is needed.

I'll be arriving at The Farm and staying until I deliver at 37 weeks (since I am small and likely to birth earlier rather than later). The midwives there know their stuff and make you feel so at ease and empowered.

They have great everyday info that will help you have the best pregnancy and birth possible plus their combined years of experience and the expertise of Ina May are an amazing thing to have first hand access to in your birth.

My husband and I are super excited and feel that paying the out of pocket money is totally worth the awesome care you get and the experience level of the staff at The Farm.
post #7 of 24
Cool! Have fun! The people I know who have birthed there all had amazing experiences.
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Indianamomtobe--

I am curious about your comment on delivering at 37wks, and likely to deliver early because of being small. Do you already have babies, and know that you tend to give birth early? Did someone (or some book/article) mention that small women tend to go earlyish? Is there a plan in place for (natural) induction, out of concern for your being too small to birth a normal sized baby?

Not meaning to be pushy with this at all, your statement just kind of leaped out at me--it's not my experience so far that a woman's size has all that much to do with her gestation length, and haven't read any reference to it in the literature. Well, certainly in hospital practice these days, there are a lot of inductions done for the given reason that 'baby is getting too big for mom to birth normally'--I mean, nothing in the homebirth literature supports it generally. If you wouldn't mind explaining, I'd sure appreciate it

thanks in advance!
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free2beme23--

I also know women who report having had awesome experiences on The Farm. But I know others who did not have such awesome experiences, or who chose against utilizing Farm Midwifery Services, because well, they are not exactly 'hands off midwives'. Some here say that they really know a lot--and they do, within the framework of an essentially mw-centered, hands on kind of practice. Just thought I would mention that--for some women, their approach is just perfect, it's what they want. For others, The Farm mw-experience is rather more disempowering than empowering for them.
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Just being curious - I am not from the US and am really curious what the Farm is. Your posts make it sound very interesting... could anyone tell me more?
post #11 of 24
http://www.thefarm.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Farm_(Tennessee)

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The Midwifery Center, led by Ina May Gaskin, referred to as "the mother of authentic midwifery."
You can go to the Farm for prenatal care and give birth there, I personally would love to go.
post #12 of 24
I have wondered, do they sort of de facto specialize in more complex births?

For example, I might consider them if I ever had a breech baby or wanted a VBAC, etc.

I have heard the same as MsBlack, that they aren't really hands-off. But that would lend to specializing in births with some complications. I wouldn't want to go if I had a straightforward birth, but I could magically jump into a transporter and go there if I had complications, that would be my ideal scenario.

Dunno how much THEY'D like that (getting all the complications dropping in out of the sky) lol.

I've heard that the nearby hospital and staff are supportive, so if you have to transfer, you're still in good hands.
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I loved the Farm (story in the sig). I can't speak for anyone else's experiences, but they were hands-off for me! Ina May knitted a sock for most of the labor. They only did one VE, and that was because I asked them to. I moved around a lot, and the only time they suggested a position to push in was when I wasn't making any progress in a sitting-up-leaning-back position. (Not a good one, especially with a breech baby, but that was how I had ended up at first. Moving to the toilet was a wonderful idea.)

I think they do get somewhat more complicated births, simply because they're more willing to take them than most people. I know they got us at the last minute, for the same reason. We kept trying to turn the baby, and by the time we realized he wasn't turning I was almost 38 weeks. With him coming a little bit early, I only ended up visiting them one time before the birth, then driving the five hours down there in labor.

I really did love it. Next time I'm planning on a homebirth in my very own home, but actually I'm a bit worried about whether I'll find a midwife up here who'll be as hands-off as I like. I'm pretty picky now, with such a good first birth, and reading mothering all the time.

P.S. They did give me some oxygen at about the third hour of pushing, because apparently I was looking pretty tired (I'd been throwing up during transition). Just thought I'd mention that, since there was talk about interventions. That and the VE (and having my 2nd-degree tear stitched afterwards) were the only ones I had.
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To answer the question about "smaller women tending to deliver earlier" mention...

I am 26, this is my first child and I was advised by my midwife to plan on coming to the farm at 37 weeks because of the chance that I'll deliver early. I am very petite and she seems to think that can play a role in labor timing.

Mostly she just wants me there on the premises before I could go in to labor because we live over 3 hours away from The Farm and driving that far while in labor is just not that safe or advisable in either of our opinions.

On the other hand my mother who is also very petite had each of her 3 children past the due date given by doctors so I have no clue if I'll actually deliver early or later based upon my body type. I personally feel the baby will come when it is ready to regardless of genetics and body type but would much rather prefer already being at The Farm before my labor starts since I am so far away.

I also get the impression that the midwives at The Farm are more hands on and personally that was what we were looking for since this is my first birth and all.
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Just curious-- how much does it cost to birth at The Farm?

I've always fantasized about it....
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Just curious-- how much does it cost to birth at The Farm?

I've always fantasized about it....
I believe it was $3500 for a regular birth - $4000 for breech. And the little houses were $200/week. This was three years ago.
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If you want to read about a visit to The Farm and get some more info you should check this post:
We toured The Farm and are super pleased!
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