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June 2009 Homebirthing Tribe

post #1 of 91
Thread Starter 
I'm kind of sitting here twiddling my thumbs at 19 weeks. No testing, no ultrasound, and no worries either! Just waiting patiently for my third uneventful homebirth, but feeling a little left out of the DDC. Anyone else?

Any first time homebirthers need support or advice? Let's start a little tribe here for the hb/uc mamas!
post #2 of 91
I'm homebirthing, but I currently have a backup OB and will be getting an ultrasound next week. But, should that u/s go well, I'll stop seeing the OB. I so hope that's the case.

At this point, about the only interesting thing is this should be a 2nd generation homebirth. DH was born at home in 1982 (his mom's 3rd homebirth, 4th kid), and was the one who convinced me to hb in the first place. Then again, it wasn't hard.
post #3 of 91
Me! First baby, so first hb. DH and I are really excited about it! No u/s or doppler, so we're hoping to hear the heartbeat today.
post #4 of 91
Thread Starter 
OK, I'll admit to a doppler at 13 wks, but I had two m/c in 2008 and was a mess until I heard that h/b. Got one this week with the scope and it was sweet how my m/w tapped on my hand in time with the Junebug's hb. Good luck!
post #5 of 91
We're leaning towards a homebirth but we have a couple of concerns. Has anyone homebirthed in an apartment with neighbors?
post #6 of 91
Add me to the tribe! This is my first baby and I'm so excited to have a homebirth! We have declined a routine ultrasound, but would consent, of course, if there was any sign of a medical need for one. I have let the MW use a doppler twice, but I'm going to see if she can use a fetoscope or stethoscope next time.

I'm at 16.5 weeks right now... it seems like it will be a very long time before baby comes.

I'm hoping to have a waterbirth or at least labor in water. The first MW in the practice that I talked to recommended buying just a regular backyard pool with a pump, so I was all set to do that. But then the MW I saw this week recommended renting a birthing pool. I'm not sure what to do now. Does anyone have any experiences with this?
post #7 of 91
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Originally Posted by littleshout View Post
We're leaning towards a homebirth but we have a couple of concerns. Has anyone homebirthed in an apartment with neighbors?
I did! We had neighbors on both sides and above us. We did not get any complaints.
post #8 of 91
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Originally Posted by Mama Khi View Post
Add me to the tribe! This is my first baby and I'm so excited to have a homebirth! We have declined a routine ultrasound, but would consent, of course, if there was any sign of a medical need for one. I have let the MW use a doppler twice, but I'm going to see if she can use a fetoscope or stethoscope next time.

I'm at 16.5 weeks right now... it seems like it will be a very long time before baby comes.

I'm hoping to have a waterbirth or at least labor in water. The first MW in the practice that I talked to recommended buying just a regular backyard pool with a pump, so I was all set to do that. But then the MW I saw this week recommended renting a birthing pool. I'm not sure what to do now. Does anyone have any experiences with this?
I used this baby pool for my home birth, and it was great. It has the same or larger dimensions than most birth tubs.

http://www.buzzillions.com/dz_294903...n_pool_reviews
post #9 of 91
This is my 5th child but first HB. I too have been sitting here think, "maybe I am missing something." I have not had anything done. I will be 18 weeks in 2 days and I was thinking last night as i lay awake, unable to sleep, if I was doing something wrong. Normally, I have been to the doc several times and have tests done. And I am sitting over here, growing a baby. And all seems well. The MW is coming for her first official appointment in about 10 days. Then I guess I will get to hear the heartbeat. (i guess, i do not know)

Anyway, I am SOOOOO looking forward to not rushing to the hospital to have this baby. I can labor. Here. Really labor. Not lay in a bed and wait for the baby to be born. It seems so different, in my head anyway. And DH is so excited. He gets more excited all the time. My last 2 births, his bio-children, where very medical. Altho they were vaginal, it was still very medical. And he totally fazed out at the hospital. He hardly remembers a thing about it all.
post #10 of 91
I'm planning a homebirth too! I've been in to see our midwives twice so far at 17 weeks, but am not using doppler or ultrasound. Looking forward to hearing the heartbeat with the fetoscope, fairly soon. This is our first.

For the person asking about labor pools, there's tons of information in the birth forum under homebirth - there's a sticky about pools that's really useful: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=589333

I've pretty much decided to buy either the fishy pool ($15) or the Sevylor ($35).
post #11 of 91
I'm having my first baby and first homebirth in June! : So happy to see this tribe!
I've been trying to sort out the birthpool thing too. I'm leaning towards either the La Bassine, or renting an aquaduala. I'm mostly just concerned that our crappy hotwater tank won't be up to the task of keeping a pool without a heater warm! Maybe the trick will be to replace the hotwater heater before June...
post #12 of 91
Homebirth here too! We have a large corner tub I'll be using.

We have also done doppler (once so far) and will be having one u/s.

This will be my first homebirth (2nd child).
post #13 of 91
We're planning a second homebirth, with the same midwife as the first time around. Or with her backup, since my mw is going on vacation 4 days after my due date! hmm. just hoping for this babe to come a tinge early.

I am on the fence about whether to get a pool. With ds we had all the supplies and never ended up using it or even setting it up at all - it just never crossed my mind once labor was actually happening.

I've used a doppler (actually I bought my own.. cheap on ebay) but have so far resisted using it more than a couple of times. I was a wreck early on, and really felt like I needed to hear the heartbeat.

Our homebirth #1 was in an apartment with neighbors & didn't have any problems. I never warned anyone that we we'd be having a baby upstairs, we just did it.
post #14 of 91
This will be our first baby who we're going to be having at home with a midwife. I can't wait. I wanted the doppler since I lost a baby at 9 1/2 weeks after hearing a heartbeat. I wanted to make sure he/she was ok in there. I'm having an ultrasound too, we're finding out the sex.
post #15 of 91
Count me in! It's nice to have a group that understands me. A lot of people are downright rude when I tell them that I'm not having any u/s or tests. They start defending why they are doing the tests and u/s, etc. Why do people get so defensive just b/c I'm doing things differently? I don't get all upset when somebody talks about a planned c/s.

Also it irritates me that people assume that we're just following some kind of fad and aren't concerned about our child's safety.
post #16 of 91
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Originally Posted by littleshout View Post
We're leaning towards a homebirth but we have a couple of concerns. Has anyone homebirthed in an apartment with neighbors?
If we end up homebirthing (still working on my H), we will be in an apartment. I don't have the kind of relationship with my neighbors where I could say anything to them in advance, so I hope I won't be too loud!

We were seeing an OB and MW team, whom I loved. They closed their practice though (rumor has it the hospital had had enough of their "ways") and so now I'm trying to figure out what to do. I think this is my sign that I should have a HB. DH is less confident. I'm hopeful that I can show him the light!
post #17 of 91
Tentatively joining you...

If I decide to hb, it will be an UC-VBAC. Dh is a little nervous because of that. I'm working on him. I have an appt in a few weeks with the midwives at the hospital nearby, so we'll see if they can convince me. (I doubt it!)

So, I'm joining, but still deciding.
post #18 of 91
"Also it irritates me that people assume that we're just following some kind of fad and aren't concerned about our child's safety."

This, a lot. I have a big mouth, and I really want homebirth to be seen as a fairly normal choice, so I talk about my plans regularly. Therefore, I get all sorts of fun statements like "But, what if something happens?" Uh, I go to the hospital. Duh! There are some people who seem to believe that I would refuse a c-section know matter what, and these are people who know that I'm generally well-informed, think things out thoroughly, and that I'm not insane.

Bah!
post #19 of 91

I know I don't belong

I guess I am just bored too. I am reading every DDC's threads, just sitting here waiting. I had a wonderful homebirth with my first, and I don't care how much trouble it is going to be, I am doing the same this time. I'm 15 weeks, so I am due at the beginning of July, I think. I have had a hard time finding a midwife, and then when I finally found one, I was shocked with all the rules that my state forces pregnant women that want a homebirth to comply with.
I have an irregular heartbeat, and I always have. I had to see an OB at the beginning to 'clear' me for a homebirth, but when he heard my heartbeat, I was classified as 'high-risk', so I am now stuck having to UC. I am a little worried about it, but not as completely petrified as I would be about going to a hospital. Anyway, if anyone has any advice or anything... my boyfriend is supportive of whatever I decide to do... he is actually glad that I trust my body, as he does his.

sorry to butt in to ya'lls club, but this seemed like a thread that I had to post on... I am a little bit of a wreck.
post #20 of 91
We're planning a homebirth, hopefully it will be 3rd time lucky, as are first two planned homebirths turned into hospital births at different stages prior to labour, both for reasons we are happy with.

We have neighbours both sides (we live in a row house), I figure if we do disturb anyone, my husband will just have to glare at them and say we're having a baby, there isn't exactly much they can do about it and even if there was, the baby will probably be here by then!
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