Originally Posted by LibraryLady
Carmen~ Thanks a lot! I'd be interested to hear your home birth experience. I've started to concern my DP by expressing an interest in home birth. I need some more positive evidence to belay her skepticism.
Sorry, I think you missed my response awhile back - this is such a busy thread!
I had an amazing birth. Everything I wanted and it was just such an incredible experience - I feel so fortunate that I got to experience it as I did. The only thing I didn't get was a water birth because our hot water tank ran out of hot water when filling the pool!! Oh well. I had a quick labour, pushed for 3 hours, no complications, 2 midwives, 2 doulas (we only hired one but ended up with 2 due to scheduling) and my DP attended. I would definitely do it again. I felt very safe the whole time. I think having a doula helped with that as she was there for most of my labour and DP and I felt more secure that everything was going as it should be. The midwife didn't show up until a bit later and then the second showed up when I started pushing. I had an uncomplicated pregnancy and was 39 when I gave birth.
We live very close to the women's and children's hospital in our city so I knew if anything started to be of concern my midwives would transfer me immediately. The #1 reason for transfer to hospital from home birth is actually pain relief. As your midwife will probably tell you, if any problems come up they can normally detect them well in advance and will transfer you before things become dangerous. And, our midwives made it very clear that if at anytime we felt even slightly uncomfortable, we would transfer immediately too.
Good luck on making your decision! You have 9 months to think about it
We decided fairly early on in the pregnancy - I think about 3 months or so.