I am very much on the UC wagon now and am trying to get the things I need in place since the baby will probably be ready soon. My first child was born as *naturally* as possible after transferring to the hospital (I had no support among other reasons) but was an awful nightmare and I was treated horribly and we were separated out of spite for four days. I do NOT want to go to a hospital with this one.
My only real concerns are legal and the bleeding issue, and I have read that Shepherd's Purse and Cayenne Pepper are good for both of those. Any suggestions for making sure the bleeding thing is taken care of if it is an issue? I plan to breastfeed immediately and not do any traction at all, so hopefully it will be a non-issue anyway.
Also, if I do not have a scale to weigh the baby - does that matter? Are there any 'rules' on taking the length measurements?
The biggest concern I have is the legal issues after the birth. I am so afraid of 'getting in trouble' with authorities or raising red flags by having a homebirth in the first place, and even more so with a UC. I saw a midwife in my previous state before I moved to MO but that was in the first trimester. I guess I could get 'proof of pregnancy' from her but I am not sure how much she would provide legally. I do not want to deal with the health dept. or an OB and would just like to stay under the radar so-to-speak.
Will the Dept. of Vital Statistics give me grief if I don't go to the hospital after the birth? Will they call CPS on me or otherwise make my life awful if I don't do things a certain way? The last thing I need is a knock at the door after a successful UC and people causing me more unnecessary stress. I am more afraid of the hospital and the governmental agencies than I am to birth at home. Is it possible that a midwife in the area would be able to do a well-baby check within the first 2 weeks or do I have to go to a pediatrician (and is there one that is ok with avoiding and/or delaying vax and needless newborn checks)?
I have been under TREMENDOUS stress in my life due to my husband walking out and going through this entire pregnancy alone - I really need some support from those of you who know what I am going through!
Thank you all