My babies are born quickly. I don't know that it's happening until it's way too late. I have what seems like inactive labour for a month before the baby is born, braxton hick type contractions. But then they *work*. I was almost completely dialated with both kids, for 2 weeks before I had them. And unfortunately, my water doesn't break until their heads are just about out, either. So I really do have very little warning.
Here's the situation.
I have a midwife, and wasn't really thinking of going for an UC. However, my midwife doesn't deliver breech babies at home, only in the hospital. I do *not* want to go to a hospital. (and honestly, I really don't think that there will be time.)
The midwifery centre that i'm with, suggests that what they'll do (for fast labourers who they can't assist with a home birth) is induce the mother slightly before the due date, so that the mother isn't at risk of going into labour on her own.
I really don't think that this is a great idea, i've never needed to be induced, and I really hate the idea of it with passion.
With my first son the midwife didn't make it in time (I arrived at the hospital crowning) I was alone with my mom and a really nervous student nurse. It was actually the sweetest, least invasive birth ever, since the student nurse didn't even really know what to do, and missed the birth itself because she ran to get an OB.
With my second son, I had a midwife, again, in the hospital, but she didn't really do much, other than catch the baby. After that birth though, she told me that I really needed to be prepared for a home birth "next time", as I barely made it there.
Now i'm due with number 3 in october, and currently she's breech. (I know that she still has a lot of time to turn, so i'm not letting that be a huge factor right now. I plan on going to the chiro soon for a webster and i'll see what happens.)
I know, hands down, unless I go to 44 weeks or something, I will NOT be induced. (and i've never gone overdue.)
I also know that I won't have a lot of time to get to a hospital, if any.
So, that leaves me with UC-which, honestly, doesn't sound that bad, given my history of quick deliveries, and my overall hatred for hospitals. I'd still keep my midwife, and love it if she could *make it* in time, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if she just showed up afterward. (Like my first.)
I don't know where to start on this. If it wasn't for the "induction" scare, i'd probably just go with the midwife at the hospital to keep peace. I really don't think that an induction before my due date is a good idea though. And, I don't want to mess with hormones that will cause me to labour in a way that my body isn't designed to. My body seems to do a really good job of labouring on it's own, in it's own way.
Any advice on where to start on this? What I need to be prepared (both in knowledge and supplies...)
Am I completely off my rocker for even entertaining the thought of possibly having a breech baby, unassisted?