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post #21 of 83
This is my first baby and we are doing a home birth. My friend who was a midwife in Michigan flew over to New York in January and helped me interview midwives before I was even pregnant. It was great. The only unhappy part is that the homebirth midwifes in New York City are in such demand that they are taking 8 to 10 births a month. Which mean there is a good change your midwife will be at someone elses birth when you have your baby. If that happens they call another midwife to come to your birth. So I guess the best you can do is get know as many of the midwives as possible. It is kinda sad because this part of the reason we pick midwives instead of doctors.
post #22 of 83
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The only thing I was upset about was that the new owners uprooted my placenta tree. Argh.
Yup, that would break my heart! We planted DS's placenta (which spent over a year in our freezer first) tree last summer, and I would be so sad if anything ever hapened to it.

In Nov. we'll be having our second baby in this house. I don't think that we'll ever be able to move now.
post #23 of 83
My fluid went too low last time, and I ended up being induced and then having a cesarian. I certainly don't want to go through all that again!! I'm planning another homebirth, but whether it happens at my home or the midwife's is yet to be determined. I'd prefer it be at home, but I'd prefer her place to the hospital. I guess we'll see! I really just want it in my house!
post #24 of 83
i saved the placenta from my son & daughters because i wanted to find a special place to plant them. we took them with us wherever we went for years and finally last summer i decided to let them rest by the river in the town we were living. it was a beautiful place, and remote but public so we can always go back.. i think i'm going to eat this one so it wont need to be planted, but since we are planning to buy a house if we do end up wanting to i guess we will do it there. it seems so far off!
post #25 of 83
We had our first in a hospital (c/s, due to failure to wait by the docs), and two more at home. We'll definitely be birthing at home, again.
post #26 of 83
this will be another UCfor me. still have my birthing tub too
post #27 of 83
How did your parents react to the news of a homebirth?

I'm going to try to wait as long as possible before opening that can of worms... but Mom keeps asking me if I will go to a doctor this time instead of the crazy MW that let me labor for hours last time. (DD was malpositioned)

But I don't plan on going to that MW again, but seeking out a different homebirth MW.

But yeah... I just know heads are going to explode when I tell them I'm doing a homebirth. And they will do their best to talk me out of it. Sometimes my parents do well when I tell them "case closed" but other times they do not.

I know they can't sway me though and I've been collecting good homebirth articles, and I think it will help that several people I know have had homebirths, and my doula and the one MW I'm looking at both had their own homebirths as well.

Just curious how you all dealt with the "you're crazy" sentiments. lol
post #28 of 83
This will be our second homebirth. I had a fabulous birth with Wyatt and am SO excited to have the same midwife attend this time

JSMa- I was really lucky to have my mom and dad both attend my birth. They're very supportive, not surprisingly, seeing as my mom had my 3 brothers and myself at home! However, to my friends that are not supportive, I simply send them it's my birth, my choice. If someone is honestly interested, I send information on safety of homebirth, but most of the time people are just asking to argue so I just end the discussion.
post #29 of 83
That is so cool YayJennie! My mom had all 4 of us naturally, but in the hospital. What a cool family tradition you have.

My mom knows we're having a homebirth, and dh's parents are more ok with it this way around. Even if they weren't, it's not their decision. But my mom will hopefully be there this time and she's excited.
post #30 of 83
Hi! I'm so happy to be a part of this little community. I am intending a homebirth- our first birth was a wonderful hospital birth with midwives. I'm having so much fun researching local midwives, hearing great stories from those who are referring their midwives to me...
post #31 of 83
It looks like I am having a homebirth! We thought about a birth center but there is only one in town and we decided it isn't the best place for us. I am taking to several midwives who do homebirths so I am really excited. This will be my 3rd baby but my 1st homebirth! Both of my other daughters were born with midwives but the 1st was a hospital birth (I was induced and couldn't give birth at the birth center) and my second was in a birth center (a perfect birth).

I am excited and confident in my ability to have a homebirth but I am a bit nervous about it being here. I live in a tiny apartment (only 550 sq feet) and the walls are fairly thin. Our living room is big enough for a birth pool and I have my bedroom for a bed. So, it will work out. I don't care what the neighbors may think. ;-)
post #32 of 83
Amber-I had a UC in a 700-800 sq. ft apartment we shared with pets and 3 kids! It can be done!
post #33 of 83
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Originally Posted by MamaFern View Post
i saved the placenta from my son & daughters because i wanted to find a special place to plant them. we took them with us wherever we went for years and finally last summer i decided to let them rest by the river in the town we were living. it was a beautiful place, and remote but public so we can always go back.. i think i'm going to eat this one so it wont need to be planted, but since we are planning to buy a house if we do end up wanting to i guess we will do it there. it seems so far off!
I'm going to eat mine too! I just took a workshop a few weeks ago about how to prepare it.
post #34 of 83
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Amber-I had a UC in a 700-800 sq. ft apartment we shared with pets and 3 kids! It can be done!
Thanks for sharing that! It is nice to know that someone else has birthed in a small apartment too!
post #35 of 83
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Originally Posted by earthyamber View Post
Thanks for sharing that! It is nice to know that someone else has birthed in a small apartment too!
I also had my homebirth last year in a 600 sq ft apartment with a dog, 2 cats, and 6 people in attendance (2 midwives, my mom, dad, brother, doula, plus my husband and myself!) And I lived upstairs from 2 other apartments. I just let them know I was having a homebirth (luckily they were both very cool neighbors). Everything was fine, although I'm pretty sure I kept my neighbors up a bit since my son was born just after midnight. C'est la vie!
post #36 of 83
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I'm going to eat mine too! I just took a workshop a few weeks ago about how to prepare it.
wow! that sounds like an amazing workshop!
when i ate pieces of mine, it was right after birth and raw. i didnt eat the whole things obviously, just a few mouthfuls but it was amazing how i felt after. i plan to do the same thing then make smoothies with the rest..

making art prints is also amazing. i did this with my first.. im trying to figure out how to do both!
post #37 of 83
This will be our fourth child and our first homebirth.

I had wanted to be home for the first three, but our insurance wouldn't cover it. Well, now insurance covers midwives in our state -- but now we don't have insurance that covers maternity. We make about $5000 too much to qualify for state maternity coverage... but sure as hell can't afford $1200 per month for insurance.

The system is broken, broken, broken!!!

So, it'll be about $3500 for us for a midwife and assistant, and we're screwed if we transfer.

ohhhh welllll...
post #38 of 83
me! i haven't really joined the group yet, since i just got my BFP yesterday... but i'm lurking and felt compelled to post. DD was a very pleasant hospital birth with midwives, and i opted not to homebirth due to financial issues. i really don't want to go back to the hospital, and i especially don't want to stay at the hospital after birth. DH and i both love the idea of homebirth and have already found at least one midwife that we like who is willing to work with us in terms of finances, so we'll interview some more and then pick. everyone i've contacted has basically said that no midwife wants a birth experience to be about money, since they're not in it for the money, and so they are willing to work out payment plans, barters, or something. whee!

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Originally Posted by JSMa View Post
How did your parents react to the news of a homebirth?

I'm going to try to wait as long as possible before opening that can of worms... but Mom keeps asking me if I will go to a doctor this time instead of the crazy MW that let me labor for hours last time. (DD was malpositioned)
i watched "the business of being born" with my mom, who was anti-homebirth at first. she's still not comfortable with the idea and doesn't want me to choose it, but at least she better understands my reasoning and stuff. i felt like that was a really good documentary for people who aren't birth junkies and don't have all the facts, because it really normalized it instead of making it this weird thing.

okay. back to lurking for now. once i've convinced myself this is a sticky baby, i will join.
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post #40 of 83
I am planning on having this baby at home too. This will be my third home birth. Each experience gets more and more amazing.
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