I want a home birth this time (I'm "due" March 11). I would love to have a midwife present for those "just in case" scenarios, but we don't have the money for that. I'm totally comfortable with birthing from home, but I am not confident that I would know what to do if something came up. How do you prepare for the "what if"s.. I do not want to go to the hospital, unless absolutely necessary.
Can someone give me statistics on UC, and how successful it is? I think that might make me feel better about this decision. This is what I want. I want to birth in the privacy and comfort of my own home, but I need to be more confident that everything is going to be ok. I know my body can birth the baby, but what about the things I can't control, like the chord being around the babies neck, or hemorrhaging, or the baby already pooping before birth, etc.. I would trust the midwife to know what to do, because she would have tons of experience and knowledge, but I don't, and I'm afraid that I still won't feel like I would know what to do after only researching for a few months, compared to years that midwives have.
Any good books, or other resources you can recommend? I need them to be really convincing, lol. Especially since I need to convince my DH who doesn't understand why I don't want to go in and do it "the easy way". He's been completely supportive with my wanting a home birth, but I don't know how well this will go over with the whole unassisted thing. I haven't had much prenatal care yet. I'm taking vitamins that were ok'd by a midwife, and I've been watching my weight which seems to be going smoothly. I'm wondering if maybe I should get OB care through the military and then "accidentally" birth at home...What are your thoughts. I need convincing, because this really is what I want to do.