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post #21 of 66
I had a fantastic homebirth with an awesome midwife the first time around and can't wait to have another one! Unfortunately we now live in a different part of the country so I'll have to go with a new midwife. In the area we live the nearest midwife is nearly three hours away. Preparing for a lot of driving to appointments over here...
post #22 of 66
Also planning a homebirth. I just talked to my mw. She actually called about something else, but I ended up telling her about the baby! DD was a hospital birth. I got there complete and she was born 20 minutes after walking in the door of the hospital. I was trying to get there as late as possible to avoid any interventions... that worked, lol!! DS was a homebirth!
post #23 of 66
I'm having a homebirth this time around. My first was born at a birth center because a birth tub would have taken up our entire living room at our old house. I've just got to set up some appointments and choose who we fit best with.

I'm so excited!
post #24 of 66
I'm planning my 4th homebirth. My first was unmed hospital birth (DH was too nervous about HB, but I HATED the hospital and it took me 40 hours to finally birth that little gal!) The staff tried like mad to get me medicated because I was noisy. Thankfully my DH didn't let them come in anymore after a while. Only the midwife was allowed. She was handsoff, so that eventually worked for me! My second was at a birth center- all of 20 minutes after we had to drive 30 minutes to get there. DH was finally convinced!!! I needed to birth at home. Next three were at home and so will this next one. I worked as a unit secretary in a hospital for years and so I never felt safe there!!!
post #25 of 66
I want to. My first two were hospital births, 2nd one was unmedicated.
post #26 of 66
Definitely planning on #1 being a home waterbirth with midwives.
I'm a doula, and DH has two younger siblings born at home (he cut the cord for his little brother) so birthing at home just makes sense to us. We're open to the fact that things can change and are willing to adjust our plans as needed, but homebirth is currently the plan.
post #27 of 66
I plan to UC.

This will be my first homebirth if I manage to do it.
I planned a homebirth/UC last time but ended up living with my inlaws who were not so open to that idea. So, I had to birth at a hospital in Romania. That was horrible. But, thankfully it was a "natural" birth. I preferred the laboring and birthing to my previous birth. It was the after care that sucked.
My first was a hospital birth with an epidural and pitocin (to "augment") and an unnecessary episiotomy. I hated that birth experience. I wish I would have known better but back then I didn't.
post #28 of 66
yes. Have had 2 natural hospital births...can't wait to experience a birth that I feel completely in control of.
post #29 of 66
I'm considering it. My family (and some friends) will judge the hell out of me if I do. But I know the statistics and I think a home birth is a better option. I just don't know if I want to deal with the loads of crap I will recieve for the duration of my pregnancy from my nearest and dearest. Husband is totally on board with it though.

Also, my work just switched from Blue Shield to Healthnet and all of the back up docs that the midwives I spoke to recommended do not take my insurance. I don't mind paying the 5 g's out of pocket, I think it would be totally worth it, but God fiorbid I transfer to a hospital and then get stuck with both the midwifery bill and the hospital bill.

I need to interview some doctors to see if I can find someone who will back up a midwife if I go that route. I curse myself for loaning out my "Your Best Birth" book last year, it was full of questions to ask your doc in an interview. This is my first pregnancy, I don't really know how to go about this. Hey maybe I'll post a new thread about it!

I asked my ins company for a referral and I ended up at a fertility clinic. ?? Granted the doc saw me anyway and said I can go to him til I'm 10 weeks but then I need to find a regular ob. I have an appointment with a midwifery next week, we'll see how everything unfolds.
post #30 of 66
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Originally Posted by FairyLady View Post
I'm considering it. My family (and some friends) will judge the hell out of me if I do. But I know the statistics and I think a home birth is a better option. I just don't know if I want to deal with the loads of crap I will recieve for the duration of my pregnancy from my nearest and dearest. Husband is totally on board with it though.

Also, my work just switched from Blue Shield to Healthnet and all of the back up docs that the midwives I spoke to recommended do not take my insurance. I don't mind paying the 5 g's out of pocket, I think it would be totally worth it, but God fiorbid I transfer to a hospital and then get stuck with both the midwifery bill and the hospital bill.

I need to interview some doctors to see if I can find someone who will back up a midwife if I go that route. I curse myself for loaning out my "Your Best Birth" book last year, it was full of questions to ask your doc in an interview. This is my first pregnancy, I don't really know how to go about this. Hey maybe I'll post a new thread about it!

I asked my ins company for a referral and I ended up at a fertility clinic. ?? Granted the doc saw me anyway and said I can go to him til I'm 10 weeks but then I need to find a regular ob. I have an appointment with a midwifery next week, we'll see how everything unfolds.
I can think of at least two close friends who just didn't tell those who would judge them that they were having a HB. One didn't even tell her mom. The other just kept things really hush-hush on FB, etc.
post #31 of 66
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I can think of at least two close friends who just didn't tell those who would judge them that they were having a HB. One didn't even tell her mom. The other just kept things really hush-hush on FB, etc.
I think I would have to do it the same way if I end up going that route. And my Mom especially. But really I probably wouldn't tell ANYONE except those that I know 100% would support my decision. Which sadly would be very, very few people.
post #32 of 66
Me! Wouldn't do it any other way.
My first was attempted homebirth, birth center transfer (natural birth)
Second was unnecessary, forced cesarean.
Third was UBAC in my tub.
And #4 will be my 2BAC at home in the water. Not sure if I'll go unassisted again, yet.
post #33 of 66
We hope to have our second midwife attended home birth. Our first DS was born in our bath tub (big cast iron tub) but I am not set on water birth or land birth... but yes, planning on staying home again...
I am going to interview another midwife this time based on lots of recommendations from friends...
post #34 of 66
Planning our third homebirth. Maybe a waterbirth this time...?
post #35 of 66
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Planning our third homebirth. Maybe a waterbirth this time...?
Gnatty, so happy that we get to share a DDC again! Gnatty and I use the same MW and with our number twos were also due at the same time.
post #36 of 66
I've set up some appointments with a couple of midwives in my area for later in the month. Do any of you ladies have a list of questions you'd recommend I ask? Or perhaps a link to such questions... I'm currently making a list of my own but I would love to glance over yours to be sure I've crossed my t's and dotted my eye's.
post #37 of 66
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Originally Posted by Olives View Post
I've set up some appointments with a couple of midwives in my area for later in the month. Do any of you ladies have a list of questions you'd recommend I ask? Or perhaps a link to such questions... I'm currently making a list of my own but I would love to glance over yours to be sure I've crossed my t's and dotted my eye's.
Take a look at this:
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=507722
post #38 of 66
After considering a birth center and homebirth, we're opting for homebirth. Though, my husband's a bit nervous about our neighbors being upset since we live in an apartment. So far that's something of a frustration to me, since I really don't think the neighbors have a right to weigh in on this, and I kind of don't care if they don't like it. I don't tell them what to do in their apartments.

Anyway, that aside, I went through the financial roundabout too. My insurance will NOT cover any care provided by anyone but an OB, and will only allow me to deliver at a local hospital with the highest C-section rate in town (bah).

We would have to pay out of pocket for the FSBC in town, and we can't afford it. So homebirth's what we're doing. It's the cheapest option, and I can pay for it using my medical flex plan account.

Feeling good about this decision, many of the women here at Mothering.com say that the only difference between a FSBC and HB is that you drive somewhere. Plus, if there is an emergency, my house is a block from the hospital, while the FSBC is about 30 min away.
post #39 of 66
Sounds like you've made a great choice, Partaria!
post #40 of 66
Thanks, katiedidbug! I already got some flack about it from my Dad, but he is just ignorant about homebirth and doesn't know it's perfectly safe. My grandma, who loooooves telling people she was born at home totally set him straight.
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