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What kind of birth are you planning?

Poll Results: Where are you planning on giving birth?

 
  • 45% (37)
    At home
  • 14% (12)
    In a birthing center
  • 40% (33)
    At a hospital
82 Total Votes  
post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
I'm curious, since this is MDC and not Babycenter (thankfully!) What are everyone's plans for birth? Where are you giving birth, who is attending, are you planning a VBAC or natural birth or unassisted birth, etc, etc, etc!

I'm excited to hear what everyone has to say.

I'm having a homebirth - but not in my own home. My husband is deployed, so I'm traveling back to where I call "home" - so that I can be around family and friends. So, I'm having a homebirth in my in-laws house (where we lived for 3 years while DH was in training).

This is my first homebirth and first natural birth. I had an epidural with DD and an epidural and Pitocin with DS.

I have 2 lovely midwives and a doula - who used to be my backup when I lived in Arizona! - who will be attending my birth.
post #2 of 47
I am planning a home birth. It will be just me, my husband, the midwife, and possibly the midwife's apprentice. And the baby will be joining us at some point :P

I'm kind of sort of thinking about asking a close friend to come and take pictures, but I'm not sure on that just yet.
post #3 of 47
at home VBAC with a midwife, a doula (who is one of my dearest friends) and my husband. My five year old is yet to decide if she wants to be around. I think it'll depend on whether its the middle of the night or not.
post #4 of 47
I'm still waiting to find out if I got a midwife. If not, it'll be a hospital birth with an ob/gyn and a doula. If I get the midwife, I'll start planning my homebirth. Then I'll have to decide whether it'll still be necessary to have a doula.
post #5 of 47
An orgasmic one! How great would that be?

I'm planning my first HB, my second MW-attended birth.
post #6 of 47
Birth center. I'd love to do home birth but I'm not comfortable with it for several reasons (closest hospital is NOT one I'd want to transfer to in case of an emergency, we live in a condo with regulations against waterbeds so definitely no birthing pools allowed, don't want to freak out the neighbors as sound carries quite easily, etc). I'm hoping if I ever have another that we will be moved into our own home and I will be more comfortable with a HB
post #7 of 47
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by macandcheese View Post
I am planning a home birth. It will be just me, my husband, the midwife, and possibly the midwife's apprentice. And the baby will be joining us at some point :P

I'm kind of sort of thinking about asking a close friend to come and take pictures, but I'm not sure on that just yet.
I'm a birth photographer :-) I don't know how it happened, but I just ended up falling into that career.

I'm having a photographer friend of mine come and take photos as well
post #8 of 47
hospital for a repeat caesarean birth. i'd rather have a VBAC in hospital, but they don't do vbacs in town and i'm not willing to travel to the big city in january. sigh.
post #9 of 47
Hospital VBAC

A free standing birth center would be my ideal option but as far as I know there aren't any close by that are allowed to VBAC.

I really like the hospital we are going to and my OB. They are very VBAC/Natural Birth friendly and I feel that we are in good hands.

I am not hiring a doula this time. I am weird about having someone I don't know that well coach me through a birth. My husband is an amazing coach and from what I hear the nursing staff is excellent as well. I for the most part just want to be left alone in my own corner doing my own thing anyway.

I am going to try to jump start labor if the baby is ready of course at 38 weeks using natural home methods. If they work they work if not oh well. I just prefer to not go late. I also plan on laboring for a while at home. Both of my previous births were completely in the hospital (24hrs then 12hrs). Maybe I can cut this one down to 6 hours.
post #10 of 47
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by redclover View Post
at home VBAC with a midwife, a doula (who is one of my dearest friends) and my husband. My five year old is yet to decide if she wants to be around. I think it'll depend on whether its the middle of the night or not.
I'm hoping my daughter will want to be a part of my birth. She'll be 5 around my due date though and has asked to watch cartoons rather than watch the birth. I also won't wake her if it's late. We'll see, I guess!
post #11 of 47
I'm planning on an unmedicated birth in a hospital with a doula. I have an OB I'm seeing for this pregnancy (I've been labeled as high risk now so I can't see the mid-wives in the office for care). This is the same hospital where I had my son and had a natural birth with a doula and mid-wives for care. Unfortunately, there was some big stink a few years ago and the mid-wives are not allowed to practice there anymore. My OB's office still has 3 on staff for prenatal care though.

My ideal would be a natural birth in a birth center, but unfortunately that isn't an option here.
post #12 of 47
here is a poll i took near the begining of the time in our DDC, might be of interest to you, its still open so you and anyone are welcome to just back into it.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1229986
post #13 of 47
Hospital VBAC, hopefully drug-free. Honestly, as long as I get my VBAC the rest is just details.
post #14 of 47
Hospital birth- Hypnobabies style and hopefully pain free without meds!

I woudl be having a homebirth, but I risk out of the only MW on this island who will attend American homebirths and I'm not comfortable going it alone. So, we'll stay at home as long as possible, get in, have the baby and get the heck out of the hospital!
post #15 of 47
I'm planning a midwife attended homebirth.
post #16 of 47
Hospital repeat c-section. I have type 1 diabetes, had a section last time and had a bad shoulder dysticia with my first and only non-medicated vaginal birth. Cards a restacked against me.
post #17 of 47
As much as I would love both a home birth and a VBAC, I will have an RCS in the hospital (of course). To many medical issues and fear for me to do it any other way

I am somewhat surprised that I am not the only one with this same response!

Tracy
post #18 of 47
Hospital VBAC, using hypnobabies.

Found an OB who is does not encourage VBAC but will let me do it if that is what I want. Have heard great things about him from other VBAC Mama's in the area so crossing my fingers that everything works out and he does not change his mind.

One good thing I have going for me is that I can literally see the hospital from my front window so I plan on laboring at home for as long as I can. Would love to give birth at home but my OB is the ONLY doctor in this city that will let you VBAC (in hospital only) and I am having a really hard time finding a doula much less a midwife. As far as I can tell there is only ONE doula in the area and no midwives (?) (the doula will not return my calls or emails.). So a hospital birth it will be hopefully with a doula.
post #19 of 47
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Originally Posted by Simonsez2u View Post
Hospital VBAC, using hypnobabies.
Me too. Love to do a homebirth, but closest hospital is over 30 minutes away and I am not sure if they are the best place to go. Actually I have my choice of like 5 hospitals within 35 minutes, but none closer.

Using a doula this time too, and midwives.
post #20 of 47
Hospital with a midwife. Thinking about a doula too.
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