I'm not UCing but am trying to have a very hands off, midwife assisted birth.
I've made it clear that I want to birth and catch my baby alone. I don't want extra hands and if I need help I'm capable of asking.
My midwife keeps insisting that of course she'll leave me alone unless it appears necessary that she help me. She says she needs to check for cord (is it really that hard to do myself) and keeps talking about how moms are often in positions that make it hard to catch or that they get caught up in pushing and need help catching (I'm planning a waterbirth, FYI). She said she's okay with me bringing baby up out of water as long as it hasn't taken too long for him to be born or unless she feels like I'm moving too slowly.
I absolutely believe that if a mother knows she is responsible for catching baby and is planning on doing so she just will. Instinctively she will do what she needs to do to maneuver or call on help to catch the baby.
Is that really that far out there? That hard to trust that a mom wont just push out a baby and forget to make sure it lands safely (whether herself or asking for help) or is brought out of the water in a timely manner?
I'd love to hear if someone wasn't able to catch- what the circumstances were and how it all went down. I'd also like to hear about checking for cord. Was it pretty straight forward? Easy to feel if it was present or not? If you had a nuchal cord how did that go?