Hi! I found this website in my research of homebirths. I am currently approx. 7-8 weeks pregnant with my 5th child. I have had 4 natural births in a hospital, but am wondering if a homebirth would be a better choice for me. I feel like I would probably be a good candidate. I'm 29 years old, normal weight, no health problems. I've had 4 very easy pregnancies and labor and deliveries. No problems during pregnancy. No high blood pressure, no diabetes, nothing. I went into labor naturally with all of my pregnancies and never need any sort of interventions or pitocin. The latest I've ever gone is 3 days overdue. My labors tend to move fairly quickly. My first was 14 hours from 1st contraction to birth and they've gotten shorter since then with my 4th labor being 3 hours, 25 minutes from start to finish with only 5 min of pushing. I've never used pain meds. My hospital births were with a CNM were fine, but I just feel like something is missing. It's not that special, home feeling. I want to be surrounded by loved ones, not medical personnel. I was mad that at the hospital they insisted on taking my blood and giving me an IV even though I didn't even need one. Also when I was having my 3rd child, my 2nd child was only 15 months old. My husband brought the kids into see me while I was in labor and I nursed my 15 month old b/c he was hungry and really missing me. The nurse walked in and acted like I was a nut - I really didn't appreciate that. My 2 yo daughter is still nursing and most likely will be in the summer when I'm due and I would love to be able to nurse her. Do you think I would be a good candidate? Why are you deciding to have a homebirth? There is an LM that is my area that I'm considering using. I really need to decide if I want to use her or the CNM because I want to start my prenatal care. What pros outweigh the cons to you? Thanks!
Happy stay at home & homeschooling mom to a 7 y.o. girl, 5 y.o boy, 4 y.o. boy, & 2 y.o. girl