Hi Home Birth Mamas!
I was planning my 4th home birth but now I am rethinking it and could use some advice.
The reason I have been considering delivering at a hospital (there are no birth centers anywhere near me) is because my 13 year old DS has been going through a very hard time. He has special needs (PDD NOS and ADHD - just to name two of his many diagnosis) and was hospitalized (his idea, he asked to go) last Saturday night for psychiatric emergency. He has been home since Thursday afternoon and has had only one serious melt down (it was about bedtime). My concern is that home may not be a peaceful calm environment when I go into labor. A lot of the rages are directed at me and it's very stressful.
On the other hand, I have had three hospital births and the thought of giving birth in the hospital provokes serious anxiety in me. So please walk me through debating the pros and cons.
I hate asking this but does he absolutely have to be there for the birth? Is there anyone who can help who understands his needs?