I know it's early but has anyone thought of what birthing options they will choose yet? Medicate/unmedicated, in a hospital, birthing center, or at home?
I'm planning on doing a hands-off homebirth. My last pregnancy was great and I delivered in a birth tub in a hospital's midwifery unit. This time around I trust birth more and feel like a homebirth would be the right choice for me. Serenyd, I'm excited to hear you are doing an unassisted birth. Personally, I have thought of doing that myself but ultimately feel better having a professional there. Did you say you had done a UC before?
Those both sounds like wonderful options. I have had 2 UCs (my two youngest children). My first child was born in a hospital. We live in a rural area and my options are limited here, the first time I UC'd, I had actually looked for a midwife, and given up, planning to deliver naturally in a hospital about an hour away with a doula, but the discussion about the birth plan did not go well, and I opted to UC instead. It went well, and I chose to UC again when I become pregnant about a year later. Hoping for another good experience this time around!
Hoping to have this baby at the same Birth Center our other two were born at. It's a fantastic free-standing Birth Center, staffed by amazing midwives. In fact, the owner is becoming nationally known for her "Jennie Joseph Way" of helping low-income women birth healthier and chubbier babies. It's neat to be attended to by someone who is so good at what she does! Anyway! Daughter was a water birth and I arrived at 9cm with my son . . . so this time around I'm just hoping to make it there and be happy with that!
The midwifery practice in town has a great relationship with our community hospital, just 4 blocks from our house. So we plan to deliver there. They've got lots of options to suit the desires of the different mamas, including tubs. I do not plan to use any pain management medications. I have very similar health and body shape to my mother - her labors were quick and drug-free. I figure if she can do it, so can I.
Nice to see so many other UC mamas here! In my last DDC, there were only a couple besides me, one opted to use a midwife instead, and the other had a difficult labor and ended up transferring, but had an empowering natural birth in the hospital.
Considering I just found out this morning Im preg with my second, I think that I will choose an elective c-section. My first was so horrendous I could not imagine going through that again. I had a midwife AND a doula and both were great. My water broke on a Wednesday early morning and I didnt have my daughter till Friday morning! 2 days of torture and no drugs. They ended up having to do a c-section in the end so now labour just terrifies me because the pain was indescribable. I can see myself just booking the c-section, walking in the hosp and half hour later hold the baby in my arms, done! lol. I just can't go through that again.
I had my first two at home with midwives, but the second was a pretty horrible experience. 40 hours of excruciatingly painful labor (I begged to go to the hospital and wasn't allowed), baby didn't really fit and only came out when my pelvis separated (and never really went back all the way), had to have surgery at 4 months pp for a tear that didn't heal because it wasn't sutured immediately after the birth, recovery from the surgery was hell, etc. I wasn't even sure I wanted to try having another biological child, but this pregnancy was a surprise. I'm starting out at a birthing center that's hospital-based with midwives here, but I'll be moving later in my pregnancy, so I'm not sure where I'll end up.
Edited by lc81002 - 2/8/13 at 2:21pm
I agree.. its very nice to see there are a few of us UC moms here already! Im just setting up my prenatal record right now.. do you keep a chart, too?
I don't. I thought about UP last time, but I need to have an OB to sign my FMLA papers for work. I will probably do shadow care again. It's such a hassle to go the OB all the time for basically nothing but a quick pee test and a "how ya doin?" But I do feel better about UC if I get the anatomy scan at 20 weeks to make sure everything is ok in there. I will probably make an appointment for 12 weeks to go in and have my first meeting. I'm thinking of using a NP this time.
I wish we still lived in NH so I could go back to my midwives and the freestanding birthcenter there but alas. So, I think this time around will be with the midwives at our semi-local hospital. It is about 45 minutes away, which will hopefully work out okay. My son was 9lbs 12oz and a very difficult birth so though I'm not thrilled with the idea of being in the hospital, it makes me feel calmer than considering a homebirth.
I'm thinking about hiring a doula since I'm a little nervous about the hospital part but I'll have to see how I get along with the midwives first.