My last birth was a homebirth. I ended up hemorrhaging, most likely due to retained placenta, transferring to the hospital, having the placenta manually removed, needing a blood transfusion, etc. I was also separated from my DS the first 8 or so HOURS after his birth. Now, the homebirth midwife did give me pitocin when I began to hemorrhage, but the placenta still needed to be manually removed.
This time I'm birthing in the hospital. The midwife said they would probably want to give me pitocin after I birth the baby to help birth the placenta, just in case there is a replay of last time. I have to admit that I have a bit of PTSD surrounding hemorrhaging, as I very nearly died last time. Of course, this time I will be in the hospital already, so I will lose no time in transfer (and hopefully not as much blood), and there will be a saline lock in place in case I need it.
If the pitocin will help to birth the placenta, then I wouldn't lose all that crucial bonding time with the new babe. I seriously cried when I woke up in recovery and still had to wait HOURS to see my DS last time, while they gave him FORMULA. I'd like to prevent that.
Meanwhile, DH and I plan to have another child at some point and I was hoping for a future homebirth (if all goes well this time). But I'm afraid that if I let them give me pitocin, I won't really know if I can birth the placenta without it and may opt for an unnecessary hospital birth in the future.
Edited by PoetryLover - 8/13/11 at 12:39pm