Just wondered how many of us are planning a hospital birth, and are actually looking forward to it rather than dreading it?
My story is a bit convoluted, but I'll try to make it concise.
Birth #1 Water broke at 32 weeks, baby obviously born in hospital
Birth #2 Homebirth with wonderful midwife. Baby girl stillborn.
Birth #3 Induced hospital birth (no pain meds or epi) b/c of pre-eclampsia, midwife also attended
Birth #4 Homebirth with same midwife; also attended by our family doc
Which brings us to this pregnancy. In the almost-three years since our last child was born, our midwife has retired. After all we've been through together, I am quite certain she would have provided care for me, but I felt awkward asking for special treatment. We have remained friend over the years, and I'm thinking of seeing if she would do some post-partum visits.
After our stillbirth, we began seeing a family doctor in a close-by community. He's the same age as my husband and I, and all three of his own children were born at home (attended by the same midwife we used). He's very natural and hands-off, while still being thorough and objective, if that makes sense. When my third pregnancy needed medical management, he did so in a very respectful, conservative way. Our hospital experience was first-rate. It's a small hospital, and the nurses were totally on board with our doctor's way of thinking. I truly felt like I had a "natural birth".
With our fourth pregnancy, both my midwife and doc were at our homebirth. I was very grateful to have some extra hands, as our daughter was over 10 lbs and was "wedged" in the birth canal, for lack of a more scientific term. Crowning was excruciatingly slow; they quickly repositioned me and got her delivered. She was very blue and floppy for the first few minutes and required resuscitation. Very frightening to watch, especially after having been through a loss.
And so, when I found out I was pregnant this time, I felt in my heart as if the hospital was an appropriate choice for us. It sounds strange, but I'm actually really excited for it, knowing what a wonderful experience we had last time.
Anyone else care to share your story?