I've been a lurker at MDC for years, and have posted a few times, but I could really use some advice from BTDT mom's.
I am pregnant with my fourth baby. All three previous pregnancies ended in pre-term births, with the last two spending time in the NICU. (35wk, 32wk, 34.5wk). From the beginning we wanted a homebirth, but it never worked out. We didn't seriously consider it this time around, because we didn't expect to make it far enough. Where we live, there aren't any home birth midwives and I don't see how we could afford it, nor do I think one would take us on at 34 wks (which is where we are now.)
This go around has been so remarkable different than the last two. While I HAVE had a lot of contractions, and am already 3-4 cm dilated, everything is so much easier. I haven't been hospitalized for PTL once this time around. My husband brought up a few weeks ago the idea of doing a UC. Our last baby was actually born into my DH's arms because we couldn't get the doctor into the room. He was calm, collected and thought it was the coolest thing in the world so he's all about doing it at home this time around if we go to term.
So, my question is, what would you do in this circumstance? Is it stupid to be considering UC this late into the game? The three births I've had were as intervention free as possible. No pain meds, walking during labor, laboring how I wanted to, even choosing the position for delivery, they just had to monitor (non internally) because of the earlier labors. I was out of the hospital in less than 24 hours with each, very little PP bleeding. I trust my body completely and by now, I know how I should feel when. Our friends we've discussed this with said it was the stupidest thing in the world, seeing how I was so "high risk" and I want to know how I would be "high risk" if I went to term
Obviously, if I was in labor and I was a mere 34-35 wks, I would not attempt it, duh... but that being said, out of curiousity, what is the earliest you would feel comfortable UC'ing? 36, 37, 38 wks?
I've read a LOT about UC'ing and homebirthing just because it is something I always wanted but didn't think I'd ever get. Am I crazy? What do you mamma's think?