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post #141 of 255
my biggest was 9lb 10z. she went right into 3-6 months clothes. Talk about missing the newborn stage! when my son was born a year later at 8lb 11oz I thought he was the tiniest thing I had ever seen! My oldest was 7lb 14oz, I can't imagine how small she would have looked. (she looked normal to me at the time because i had nothing to comare her to.)
post #142 of 255
Hmmm, this discussion is making me worry - I absolutely adored the "newborn" stage, DS was 7 lbs 4 oz. I hope I don't end up with a big baby and feel like I missed out this time...
post #143 of 255
Super glue IS Dermabond. The only difference is the purple dye! Once they realized that Dermabond could be used for things other then skin they took the coloring out and went marketing it as super glue! I don't think you would need it if you only have little skids but if you had a minor tear then SG would work great and keep you from needing stitches. I think for any major tearing you would probably need someone to stitch you up.

It's so funny, My first was 9lbs 4oz and he was still swimming in his 0-3 month stuff (very long and thin). When my twins were born at 6lbs 7oz and 6lbs 10 oz I was afraid of breaking them! I felt like I had a couple of preemies! It's all in what you're used to I guess. I'm hoping this one is another roly poly, the girls looked like plucked chickens to me!

I wish MA insurance would cover midwives, I was on BCBS last time and they couldn't say they wouldn't cover it but they only covered NMW and they can't catch at home in this state :. I might consider a midwife JIC if it were covered, but not if I have to pay out of pocket.
post #144 of 255
I am planning a homebirth as well, my second, but am thinking about doing a UC birth...still mulling it over, but really intrigued. My partner and I have been planning on going cruising and were thinking of doing it by the end of the summer, so we might have a boatbirth . We'll see how it evolves. Is anyone else thinking about a UC?
post #145 of 255
Thanks for the clarification on SG and dermabond. That dang marketing!
post #146 of 255
Actually, Dermabond isn't exactly superglue. I know because my husband used to sell the stuff and we have a stash at home in our first aid kit. : Superglue is very rigid and doesn't flex AT ALL. Dermabond does flex and better mimics the elasticity of your skin. Instead of having a rigid and possibly annoying/painful bond, you have one that moves with your skin.
post #147 of 255
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Actually, Dermabond isn't exactly superglue. I know because my husband used to sell the stuff and we have a stash at home in our first aid kit. : Superglue is very rigid and doesn't flex AT ALL. Dermabond does flex and better mimics the elasticity of your skin. Instead of having a rigid and possibly annoying/painful bond, you have one that moves with your skin.
Now, see, this makes sense. Can a normal person buy Dermabond? Why would midwives tell you to get superglue if there's a medical alternative that would be better?
post #148 of 255
Sorta off topic question for you ladies...

Say you had a very wonderfule experience with a homebirth. Nothing went wrong. Everything was perfect. But the next time, you had a strong pull towards using an OB and birthing in a hospital. What would you do?
post #149 of 255
No, unfortunately you can't buy dermabond. It is considered surgical, just like sutures, which as far as I know, you also can't buy. But again, we have a stash of sutures in our first aid kit, haha! If you do use superglue just be very very careful to clean the tear/incision. Because the glue actually seals the top layer of skin and you can't access the incision afterwards, if you get an infection it can be pretty nasty.
post #150 of 255
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Sorta off topic question for you ladies...

Say you had a very wonderfule experience with a homebirth. Nothing went wrong. Everything was perfect. But the next time, you had a strong pull towards using an OB and birthing in a hospital. What would you do?
I'd go with the strong pull, unless I could easily explain to myself and work through the reasons for the pull and eventually find the pull disappeared. I've been worried that I'm feeling a little this way myself, but I've realized that actually all that's going on is I am afraid of the pain and a little afraid of all the "things" that can go wrong. But I know that everything I loved about my son's birth would be so different in the hospital and that the hospital cannot guarantee me no pain or even less pain. And I did so much research and soul searching before my son's birth about the "things that can go wrong". Anyway, really what I have is a bit of fear and apprehension about the birth, but NO pull to be in the hospital. So... Yeah, I have some mental work to do in the next 7-8 months, but I figure I'll get there.

Looks from your sig like you've done it both ways, so I'd say you're best qualified to know which way you want to go this time.
post #151 of 255
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I've been worried that I'm feeling a little this way myself, but I've realized that actually all that's going on is I am afraid of the pain and a little afraid of all the "things" that can go wrong.
I have felt like this, too. My first son was a cesarean, and I never went in to labor. He was born at 33 weeks. With my second we planned a homebirth and everything went great, but I was in sooooooo much pain. It was easier planning his birth, though, because I had never been in labor before and had no idea, really, what to expect. Now that I know what it was like, the thought of doing it unmedicated again seems really daunting. I "know" that I don't really want to go to a hospital when I really consider that as an alternative, but I'm not exactly looking forward to the homebirth yet, either. I've got 7 1/2 months to get right with it though.
post #152 of 255
Hi, brinalicious, love your name (hope I spelled it right)

My plans include: potentially cracking open Birthing from Within again, although it just annoyed me the last time. checking out hypnobabies. and, most importantly, hoping that the second time around will be faster and less painful once I'm in it, I'm in it, I guess. I know the last time although I was in awful pain, getting in the car to go anywhere, much less the hospital was way beyond my imagining. I'm also thinking of things to put in a birth plan, things like remind me to try different positions to labor in. I was pretty much paralyzed by pain - none of this the pain helped me find the best position stuff. I would just be in a position and not feel I wanted to move. It seemed hopeless. But different positions (pretty much all directed by my mw) did actually help. I think. And hot water was good, just my shower got cold too fast for my liking.

Please don't be scared off first-timers! I do believe a painless birth is possible. I don't believe it's possible for ME anymore, but possible for some women, yes. And, see, I'm planning a homebirth again, despite the pain.
post #153 of 255
I'm not worried about the pain. Yes, it was painful at times, but I was very much able to "zone out" and calm myself completely to the point where I slept thru the majority of my labor. My pitocin induced labor with my first was much, much more painful with all the interventions included and then ending in the c-section.

I'm just not "seeing" a homebirth this time. And I'm finding myself looking at what OBs are in my network for my health insurance. Which is so weird, because I'd really be a terrible patient. Refusing all testing and I'd probably not even go to the hospital when it was time and I was in labor. I'd probably be dropped after 2 or 3 appointments. LOL

I don't know. Things are different this time. With my second son, I was very at peace with everything. I wasn't worried about finding a heartbeat, about whether or not the baby was growing properly, about anything - because I had complete faith in my body. And complete faith in my body's ability to birth a baby. This time I find myself wondering and doubting. I'm not sure what changed.
post #154 of 255
Interesting. Well, I'll be curious to see where you end up
post #155 of 255
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For those having a water birth, what kind of birth pool are you planning to use? I thought I was just going to use a fishy pool but the more I looked its not very deep and I like to be able to immerse myself when I take baths so I want to be able to have the depth to do that if I choose to in labor. I am 5'3 and 140# right now.
post #156 of 255
I"m going to see what my midwife has... she told me that she now has birthing pools (she didn't the last time I had HB)... I really didn't even realize there were so many diff kinds! Have any of you seen the thread "poop soup" on the homebirthing section? I was laughing pretty hard reading that... but it is good to know before hand...something to think about- get those little fish nets ready :

anyway, I'm excited to say that I have an appointment coming up on Friday the 13th () with my mw!!! FINALLY!! I have something to look forward too... some thing to take the edge of anxiety off!
post #157 of 255
I am using my garden tub, but I am concerned about my hot water heater keeping up with my needs. Oh well, at least I can be old school and shout down "boil some more water!!"

I am not planning on a water birth though, just water for pain relief.
post #158 of 255
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I am using my garden tub, but I am concerned about my hot water heater keeping up with my needs. Oh well, at least I can be old school and shout down "boil some more water!!"

I am not planning on a water birth though, just water for pain relief.
That is exactly what I'm thinking will happen for me :0)
post #159 of 255
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I am using my garden tub, but I am concerned about my hot water heater keeping up with my needs. Oh well, at least I can be old school and shout down "boil some more water!!"

I am not planning on a water birth though, just water for pain relief.
We filled the tub for my last birth, and had to wait for the hot water heater to refill and heat up twice in the process. It wasn't a big deal, and the water was still nice and warm when I finally got in. Unfortunately, I felt way too exposed and in the open when I was in the tub, and didn't have anything substantial to hold one to. One contraction in the tub, then I was back out and doing squats in the bedroom doorway.

So, I'm not sure if I'll bother with the tub this time.
post #160 of 255
We had a home waterbirth with baby #4, and this baby #5 will also be a homebirth.

Last time I used the Sevylor Electra pool and LOVED it! So I have already ordered and received another one ~ this pool is GREAT because it has *vertical* i-beams that make it sooooo sturdy! It's hard to come by right now, so if anyone wants it, grab it up fast!!!
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