Short History- This is my 4th Kid, 5th Pregnancy. My last baby was my 1st Homebirth and I loved it! I have come to greatly resent the medical profession for all the over-medical-pathology-where-there-is-none thing...We've since moved to a new state and after extensively looking for a midwife to care for us this time, and being turned down (Over booked or out of the country during my due date or practice closing, nothing having to do with me) over and over by more than a dozen we decided to just do Unassisted. I refuse to go to an OB, just the thought of it throws be into a tizzy. (It's enough trying book WIC appointments and find a dentist and pediatrician!)
Anyways. I have been compiling my little list of supplies I'll need, herbs and supplements just in case for placenta retention or Bleeding...and all the other little things like the Chux and pads and cord care...
My question is: The Newborn exam. Besides the normal initial APGAR, what else is needed? My instinct tells me, just push out a kid and observe him and go about life as usual, If something's wrong we'll know, can take him in or call an ambulance. And after 4 kids, I've learned my Instinct is usually right on.
Besides being a bit on the heavy side as a bleeder normally, my labors have always been easy and quick and after the 1st one I pretty much realized much I didn't need all those 'precautions' and could have just done without them. With my 2nd, I REALLY didn't want to go to the hospital and get strapped to a bed with monitors and IVs, and was quite happy and content laboring on all 4s on my floor before we had to leave. But we were still in that "Just in case"..."Maybe the hospital will be better this time"...Mind Set. Even after my home birth with only a midwife and doula who were very respectful of my wishes and hands off as I wanted, I was like, "Hey, we could have done that ourselves!"
How important is it to check his heart rate during labor and delivery, and after he is born? Should I buy a stethescope or rent a doppler? This is my main concern. Is it stupid to have an Unassisted Birth without the knowledge and ability to monitor his heart and lungs, or have other UCers just gone with the flow and used their gut and eyes (Watching his color and breathing and activity and even his pulse too I guess) without worrying about the numbers?
I plan on just taking Alfalfa for the vitamin K. And Hopefully taking him in to see the Pediatrician sometime in that first week or two. We are going to buy one of those hanging scales for his weight. We've had 2 ultrasounds and anatomy is all perfect as far as they can tell!
I would love to just not have to worry about a thing, trust my body and my gut and go with the flow. I just don't want to get obsessive and anxious as I tend to do already and over worry details and heart rates and monitoring myself and him if it's not really needed when common sense and observation would work just as well. Thanks for the input.