I am new to this forum (relatively). I am 34 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and planning a homebirth. Everything is going well for this pregnancy. My son was born in a hospital with an OB, he was posterior, wt almost 10 pounds...so long labor, but I still enjoyed it (before interventions started, but it was for the last 3 hrs of labor, out of 30!)
For my first birth, I wanted to wait as long as possible before going to the hospital, but ended up leaving after 14hrs of labor, wondering why my contractions didn't get closer then 5min (I didn't have a midwife then).
This time, I don't have to go anywhere. I like my midwives (I have 2, they are on call every other week, and one of them will be on call the day I go in labor) + a student midwife.
I wonder when I should call them?
I mean, they told me when they want to be called.....but I think I would want to wait longer.
I trust them, but at the same time, I know how intervention increases the longer a health professional is involved in labor. The main intervention is transfer in my case. ( I am biased, because I am a physician (not an OB), and I know that time has an influence on my decisions for my patients, if I am directly involved.....that's just human).
I think that I will have more risks of unneeded transfer if midwives arrive in early labor vs. if they arrive in early transition.
but I could be totally wrong, since I have no experience/knowledge in homebirth ( most of my close friends are physicians like me, none of them had homebirths).
Of course, I am more than happy to transfer when there is a real need (my midwives have privileges at the same hospital as I do, they have excellent relations with OBs (I know them all), and our EMS services have protocols for transfers for homebirths......they know they could be called for nothing: ex: meconium when pushing, if a midwife calls 911, the ambulance comes and waits at my door, if everything is OK, they leave, no bill, if baby is limp/distress and fails basic resuscitation, ambulance transport is already at my door)....I live 1 mile from the hospital.
I think that the main reason I am hesitant about when to call my midwives, is that I am much more relax then they seem to be. I was surprised, because during prenatal care, I found them more interventionist then me (for example, they suggested more tests then expected....but maid me comfortable to decide if I wanted them or not)
thank you for your advise!
when did you call your midwives?