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post #21 of 72
I really want to be at the birth center near me, but they said they wouldn't accept me since I did not go completely off my meds. My maternal fetal med specialist, who has worked with them before, says I can tell them he thinks it would be fine. I hope that makes a difference.
post #22 of 72
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Originally Posted by samstress View Post
 

  my husband and one lone nurse were the only people in the room on my side.  

 

I think it's great that you stood your ground.  OB's have done things the same way for so long that it can be hard for them to break the mold!  Hopefully, they will see more requests for VBACs and learn over time that they are just as safe as c-sections for most mothers.

 

I wanted to add that if you feel you need a little extra support in a hospital setting, a doula can be great assistance!  I had a doula at my birth and I really feel it helped me preserve my wishes for a natural birth.  Plus, she knew all the nurses so they pretty much left us alone! Worth. Every. Penny.

post #23 of 72

What about home water births vs. regular? Is there an advantage either way? 

post #24 of 72
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What about home water births vs. regular? Is there an advantage either way? 

I've only had one birth which was in the water at home, and for me water is my 'safe place', my drug. I had to get out of the water a couple times and those were the only times (aside from the ring of fire) that i would say were actually painful. My midwife said I responded to water the way people respond to epidurals! I really think though, like other choices, that it's up to your own comfort zone. I love water, so for me that was the most sensible place to give birth.
post #25 of 72

Kabby, I can't speak from personal experience to a water birth, but laboring in the tub felt so great with my son, I imagine a waterbirth would be equally as nice.  I have attended a home water birth as a doula, and the tub gave the mother awesome relief and made the experience seem so peaceful and intimate.  I say go for it, as long as there aren't any medical issues that would tell you to do otherwise!  You may even be able to borrow or rent a birth pool from a local birth circle or mom's group, if you have one.

post #26 of 72

We are having our 2nd homebirth with our Surprise baby. It'd be a new MW if we decide to go that route, but I also still have UA in the back of my mind. Also, we're planning to have this one outside. I'm so excited!!!!!!

post #27 of 72
I wish I could but I can't afford it=( I had a great mw and planned hm(ended up at the birthcenter) before but paid a few grand. The hospital birth will cost me 500. I also know im able to immerse myself in hypnobirthing and birth without intervention anywhere, so I can't justify the expense anyway. Homebirth is so beautiful, If only it was cheap
post #28 of 72

I will be having my second family birth :) My midwife comes after to help and do the newborn exam. She will also do the birth certificate and pku a few days after. I love her! I am also apprenticing under her so its a plus! 

post #29 of 72
Homebirth for me, too. This will be my third one.
post #30 of 72

I'm always prepared with a tub, but have never birthed in one. With baby 2, my midwives bring a tub (giant rubbermaid horse troughs.. they are actually really awesome) to every mom at the 36 week home visit. So I had that. Last time, I bought a blow up fishy pool. both times, I loved it for transition but really wasn't "feeling it" for pushing. I felt like I couldn't push effectively. I've always had a difficult time with pushing though. So, I'm a land birther! At our new house we have a GINORMOUS bath tub in one of the bathrooms and I loooove it :) I'm going to just toss a liner in there, possibly with some pillows under it for padding, and use that for labor! The liner will make it easy to clean in the event that I do actually birth in there and get it all messy, and it will also serve as a way to allow us to fill the tub up a few inches past the drain thingie that prevents overflow. One thing I always wonder about water birth is, any time I read stuff about the beneficial bacteria baby picks up in the birth canal and how they use the scent of the amniotic fluid still on their hands to help them find the breast and latch on, I wonder how that all works if they are born in the water?

post #31 of 72

We're planning and hoping for another homebirth. Our first was born at a freestanding birth center and our second was born at home. Both births were great but I loved everything about our homebirth. It was amazing!

 

I would love to have a waterbirth this time. I had planned for both of the other births to be in water but it didn't work out. The first time, pushing took 3.5 hours so I ended up getting out of the birth tub to change positions and then didn't make it back in. The second time, from first hard contraction to baby was 45 minutes so we couldn't get the birth tub filled up in time (the midwives also didn't make it in time).

post #32 of 72

I've had 2 home waterbirths and I am thinking I'd love to have a unassisted birth this time. Most likely in water.

post #33 of 72

Both my boys were unplanned C/S (for different reasons). In the last couple of years I have done a tremendous amount of body work and nutritional healing that gives me the best chance if a natural birth now. 

I do plan to have a home birth. I have plenty of options of  midwives who would willingly attend a VBA2C though I have had mine chosen for probably 18 mo. :2whistle   

If, God forbid, this birth turns into a c/s also, it will be my last. :( I am putting my best foot forward!

post #34 of 72
I had DS at a freestanding birth center & that's the plan this time too...but I would love to do a homebirth instead, especially if this labor is shorter than my last (6 hours from water breaking to when he was born & I was ready to push by the time we got to the birth center..)
post #35 of 72
This will be my third home birth. My first was born in the hospital, and my second two at home. I'll be using the same midwife from my last birth, who I absolutely loved. I've never been able to labor in the water. I'm always unbearably hot while birthing and the water always makes it worse.
post #36 of 72

We are planning our second homebirth with Baby #3. Our first was a wonderful all natural, no intervention birth in a hospital. We hired a doula to be with us and she was wonderful. She was also a midwife and we wanted to use her for Baby #2's birth at home but she moved. We used the midwife that trained her and she was absolutely wonderful. I was in labor about 3 hours and as soon as I got on my knees in front of the couch DS came right out. I didn't really even have to push, thankfully, because pushing with DD was absolutely horrible. 

We will use the same midwife again. I let her know we were pregnant the day we got a BFP because I know she is really busy. She said she would always have time for me and has already been really wonderful again.

We have moved to a different house now so I'll have to get used to the idea of birthing here. We haven't been in this house long. 

post #37 of 72
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Originally Posted by kabby View Post
 

What about home water births vs. regular? Is there an advantage either way? 

 

I labored in the tub for my first. He ended up being persistent posterior, though, so I was in and out, changing positions, etc. I'm definitely keeping that in mind for this one. I have a huge soaking tub, and we're in the process of buying a new shower head (I'm trying to talk DH into getting a detachable one - so very helpful for bathing tiny humans). The only thing that helped both pain and progression with my first was hands and knees in a cold shower with the spray aimed at my back - I'm keeping that in mind for this time, and probably won't opt for a warm-water waterbirth or labor.

post #38 of 72

For us it will depend on what options there are. We will be living together somewhere in Bellevue area by that time, weather we've bought a house or given up and found a rental. It will depend on how I feel about my house and what birth centers are in the area. I had my first two at birth centers (waterbirths) and would really rather do that. I liked the transition - this is where you have a baby! - and the fact I didn't need to worry about a thing in the next few days. People brought me food and left me alone, basically. Both times when I came home it was like a sudden shock, I didn't get a babymoon or anything, I kind of felt like I had to go back to real life. 

post #39 of 72
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For us it will depend on what options there are. We will be living together somewhere in Bellevue area by that time, weather we've bought a house or given up and found a rental. It will depend on how I feel about my house and what birth centers are in the area. I had my first two at birth centers (waterbirths) and would really rather do that. I liked the transition - this is where you have a baby! - and the fact I didn't need to worry about a thing in the next few days. People brought me food and left me alone, basically. Both times when I came home it was like a sudden shock, I didn't get a babymoon or anything, I kind of felt like I had to go back to real life. 


You're in luck :) There are at least 2 birth centers near Bellevue... actually, I think one is in Bellevue and one is in Kirkland?! And I hear they are both great. The midwives do home births as well, and there's loads of other home birth midwives. Between those options, I'm sure you'll be able to find a birth location that is suitable. Birth centers aren't an option for me. On one hand, I don't mind, because I kinda like the not going anywhere in labor thing, and the not having to strap a brand new baby into a car seat to drive home thing, but on the other hand.. I am MIFFED that an option is removed from me, if I felt like I wanted to take advantage of said option! No VBAC in WA birth centers.. not even if its the 3rd freaking one! Grrr..

post #40 of 72

I'm preggers with my first and Lord willing will be doing a home birth. I'm sooo exited about it too! My mom had 11 kids, me being the second, and about half were home births, she prefers them greatly! Two of my sis in laws and all of my friends have done home births, mostly unassisted and all have gone great. I have attended a lot of births and feel home births more comfortable,I 'm kinda wary of hospitals..... Good luck to every one!

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