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post #21 of 63
I will be having a homebirth. I think I have my midwife selected, I just have a couple more questions I need to ask her.
post #22 of 63
Hoping for a homebirth! I need to get DH on board, but I REALLY want to avoid another hospital birth.... Just got my BFP yesterday so I haven't met with any midwives yet, but have been making a list to interview...
post #23 of 63
This is my first pregnancy. I'm hoping for a home birth with a midwife I met a few weeks ago. My insurance is going to make trouble, I fear, but we're trying to work it out.

I'd love to try for a waterbirth, but I don't think there's room for a tub in our tiny NYC apartment (we don't even have a bathtub!). So I think I will be on dry land.

As for books, I read Spiritual Midwifery and Baby Catcher. They're both great. I also liked Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir. My midwife recommends The Father's Home Birth Handbook for dads.
post #24 of 63
My husband shared a homebirth worry this morning. He was flipping through the book my midwife recommended and said, "You know, whenever I read anything about homebirth, one thing worries me."

I said, "What's that?"

"We have GOT to vacuum first," he replied.
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post #25 of 63
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A question for those who have done a homebirth already - the midwife does not to that image ultrasound where you can see the baby's sex (10 weeks?), is it possible to just schedule my own - I really want to know the sex of the baby. Insurance does cover it (not the homebirth, but the ultrasound).
I'm pretty sure you can go to one of those 4-D ultrasound places. As far as I know, they don't require a written medical order.

We're planning our second homebirth/hbac. Maybe it'll be a waterbirth this time... We have a small place, so I didn't want to take up all of the open space with a birth tub last time, but I'm thinking about this time around. The bathtub just doesn't cut it, kwim?
post #26 of 63
Neuromancer, that totally made me laugh! We've met with midwives who do birth center or home births and my husband's #1 concern? Our cats. He's worried about them vomiting or being nudgey or just generally shedding on things.
post #27 of 63
I can understand that! My cat is a brat, who hisses at non-family members. I'm worried he'll be a jerk to our midwife and doula.
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post #28 of 63
i think my husbands biggest concerns are the animals, too. We have 2 mastiffs. But they are good girls. (1 is 10 so she may not be around at that time anyway!) My cat is a sphynx so no shedding. DH is definitely still on the fence about homebirth though. Guess we will get to the bottom of it soon.
post #29 of 63
Planning our 3rd homebirth here, :-)
post #30 of 63
We're planning our first homebirth,,,2nd child. I'm excited and reading all that I can!
post #31 of 63
Another homebirther here- second baby, will be our first home birth. DD was born in a FSBC and it was great, but, you know, it'll be nice to stay home.
post #32 of 63
we're torn between homebirth and birth center for this one. i had a traumatic post partum experience with my last homebirth and put off getting pregnant again until i was confident i could handle it, but since that BFP, i've been feeling more and more uneasy about homebirth. my first two we're hospital births but i felt like i had to fight more during my homebirth than i did at any point during my two hospital experiences. so i don't know. i know DH is more comfortable at home, and swears i will be too, but i'm not sure. i'm going to interview a HB midwife who has attended a few friends births and see what kind of vibe i get. we'll see.
post #33 of 63
Ok, I posted earlier about being excited about a homebirth. Since then I've read some threads on the forum that have me questioning it. I really didn't like my experience in the hospital last time and don't want to repeat it but I do worry about the baby needing medical care. I shouldn't have been reading negative things. Crap!!
post #34 of 63
I had a hospital birth this time and definitely experienced some interventions that were not in anyone's best interest but the hospitals. homebirth this time around. I asked the mid-wives if birth centers offered any level of safety higher than what they could provided and they all said they carry the same equipment that the birth centers have. and, they seem to think it's more safe at home because at least you are exposed to germs that you're already familiar with, rather than new-to-you birth center germs. so, meh. i decided on homebirth. even though a birth center would probably make my family *feel* safer about the birth.


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Homebirth for me too. I am so excited. I am meeting with a midwife next weekend. DH was a hospital birth, and not a horrible story, but I would rather stay at home this time.

A question for those who have done a homebirth already - the midwife does not to that image ultrasound where you can see the baby's sex (10 weeks?), is it possible to just schedule my own - I really want to know the sex of the baby. Insurance does cover it (not the homebirth, but the ultrasound).
all of the midwives that i spoke with were able to order these for any facility that i want to go to.

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My husband shared a homebirth worry this morning. He was flipping through the book my midwife recommended and said, "You know, whenever I read anything about homebirth, one thing worries me."

I said, "What's that?"

"We have GOT to vacuum first," he replied.
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your midwife might do that for you!!
post #35 of 63
I agree with what you're saying about a birth center vs. homebirth.
post #36 of 63
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Ok, I posted earlier about being excited about a homebirth. Since then I've read some threads on the forum that have me questioning it. I really didn't like my experience in the hospital last time and don't want to repeat it but I do worry about the baby needing medical care. I shouldn't have been reading negative things. Crap!!
I was postdate and my water didn't break until I was pushing my baby out at my homebirth. The pool filled with blood and meconium as she was born. She didn't take a lot of breaths in the first few minutes and we both required medical attention which my mimdwife was able to provide. She suctioned baby and helped her to start breathing while her assistant did uterine massage on me because I was losing a lot of blood. She also gave me a pitocin injection which I needed to help my uterus contract down since I was bleeding so much and my baby was not able to nurse.

My point is, midwives are equipped and knowledgeable. They have you and baby's best interests in mind. They will transfer if they need to and if they can handle it, they will. Baby's usually don't need medical attention. Read and express your concerns with your midwife. Work on those fears and if you can't seem to resolve them, then maybe a hospital birth is right for you. You don't want to have fears when birthing.
post #37 of 63
Thanks Nina. My MW does seem pretty great. She has a very low transfer rate and is very confident. I haven't really had any fears since meeting her (just on Monday) until today reading around the board.
post #38 of 63
2nd baby, 2nd homebirth, same midwife. Very excited.
post #39 of 63
This will be my second baby and, if all goes well, my second home/water birth.
post #40 of 63
My last 2 were born at home and we will be going the same route--by choice because I LOVED it so much compared to my hospital births (and to be fair, they were pretty good hospital births) but we also have no insurance. My last birth scared my husband and mom quite a bit, so they are a bit afraid this time, but I feel good about it. The baby's placenta had detached while I was in labor and I bled a LOT. It turned out fine, but I almost had to take a trip to the hospital.
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