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Switching to home birth at 39 weeks... Am I nuts?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
For the past few days I have gotten the gut feeling that I should do a home birth. My midwives are totally on board. But the prep seems daunting and I'm not sure the birth kit will be rush shipped in time. Should I try it or leave well enough alone and stick with my planned birth center birth?
Biggest pro of home birth: not needing to change environments as I know that will stall me
Cons: my yippy dogs being there, having to clean the house and tub, prep the bed, etc
What do you guys think?
post #2 of 16

Hey micro - if HB is feeling like the right thing to you and you feel you can manage the last-minute prep, I'd say go for it! Could you get someone to clean your house/tub for you? The birth kit you could have shipped overnight. Maybe there's even a friend/neighbor/family member who could take your dogs for you while you're in labor. I imagine you want to be in the best place for you to labor, and if that's at home then it would be great to see if you could make it happen. Of course, you just have to weigh the stresses of a last-minute change against the benefits of a homebirth. Whatever you decide, I hope it's a beautiful, peaceful experience for you!

post #3 of 16

I agree with Bostonmommy!! if that is what your gut is telling you, and you think you could manage the prep without stressing out too much.. i would definitely do it!

post #4 of 16

Honestly, I wouldn't even worry about the birth kit. You could def. order it overnight if necessary, but also most of the supplies you really NEED are things you'll either have on hand anyway, or else can use something different that's easier to find. I'm sure your midwives could work with you on that one. 

 

I had a few supplies I ordered online...I used In his Hands birth supply, and without having anything rushed, everything was delivered two days after I paid. Crazy fast. 

post #5 of 16

I agree, if you think you want a homebirth you can at least try.

 

At worst, if everything isn't there and not ready then you still have the birth centre as plan B right? So you might as well try to get everything ready - then keep a bag packed for the birth centre just in case.

post #6 of 16

I agree with Springmum... if you feel like a homebirth is for you, go for it!  If while in labor you decide to scrap that plan you an can still head into the Birth Center.

 

DS2 was born at home and we didn't do anything to the bed.  I wasn't planning to push laying down, so I felt no need to do anything to the bed, and it worked out just fine.

 

As far as cleaning the house and setting up for the birth.  DS was born at 41 weeks.... and I had kept the house clean clean clean cleaaaaaan from 36 weeks until a few days before he was born.  The day he was born I was grumpy and didn't do anything.  Naaaathing. The sink was full of dishes, then DS1 and I went shopping for chocolate cake and new pajamas.  When we got home he got out ALL the toys.  then he got out ALL THE POTS AND PANS and everything in the lower cubpoard.  then my water broke!   DH cleaned everything up while I was in early labor, and even ran to the grocery store for a few things.  My doula helped him set up the birth pool when she got here.  Everything worked out just fine.

 

I sent my dog over to my in-laws across the street with DS1.  Maybe a neighbor or friend could care for your dogs for ya?

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks ladies! We don't know our neighbors very well yet since we just moved, but maybe I can call a friend and see if they can take the dogs off our hands.

I've decided to go for it! Bought a bunch of supplies today, and got the birth kit rush shipped for Saturday delivery. So I think we'll be in good shape! I'm going to prep the bed and clean the tub today just in case. :)

Thanks for making me feel like I am not crazy for switching so close to the big day.

post #8 of 16
I'm so excited for you Micromama!

As for the bed. I didn't plan to labor in it either. But I did get in right after birth and bled a lot so we didn't even take the throw away sheets off until the next day!
post #9 of 16

Yay Micromama!

 

It sounds like a very good choice for you!

post #10 of 16
Good for you!!!! I have no doubt it will be a fantastic decision!!!!!! Cannot wait to read your birth story!! joy.gif
post #11 of 16

Micromama- I am so very excited for you!

post #12 of 16

That is so exciting!  Giving birth at home is incredible, when you are done, all you need to do is get to know your new child in your intimate environment.  Having your own things, bathroom and bed at your disposal in so comforting.  Congratulations!

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the support with the decision, ladies! love.gif

post #14 of 16

Woo-hooo, how exciting!!! I tend to feel like all you really need is your vag and the baby, the rest is just "niceties" if you will, lol, so I'd do the same :-) Good luck!!

post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OrangeMoon View Post

I tend to feel like all you really need is your vag and the baby

This made me laugh out loud... A bumper sticker in the making, I think!
post #16 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by OrangeMoon View Post

Woo-hooo, how exciting!!! I tend to feel like all you really need is your vag and the baby, the rest is just "niceties" if you will, lol, so I'd do the same :-) Good luck!!

Exactly!!! 

 

Micromama- ROTFLMAO.gifI'd buy one!

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