(Warning: transport stroy inside)
Originally Posted by rainbowmoon
what/when (if any) legal repercussions or cps involvement could happen surrounding a UC?
DH & I are just wondering what would happen in the event of a transfer (post birth) of the baby or if (god forbid) baby died at home?
I'm sorry to bring a negetaive topic into this thread but I've been wondering for awhile and have heard some scary things as well (that have happened to others) that make me nervous.
Rainbowmoon, I can only share my experience. I transported after my UC 2 1/2 yrs ago. I had a mostly unassisted pregnancy- I stopped seeing the CNMs I'd "hired" after 2 visits, around 17 weeks. I just couldn't continue to see them, it was too stressful. At the time, I told the receptionist I wouldn't be returning, I was seeing a homebirth midwife. (I was intending to, and decided shortly thereafter to UP/UC.) Back to my story:
Nova was born just a day after my true due date, reasonably big baby, 9#10. My dh wasn't at all happy about me not having a hospital birth, and as a result, we didn't communicate very well during my pregnancy. A few times we discussed his fears- he was terrified of losing me, and to a lesser extent, the baby. So we discussed mostly the possibility of hemorrage, or retained placenta. I didn't know that he was afraid of meconium in the waters. He didn't know my fears of a stuck baby. (I had done some research and made the conclusion that, "It's really really rare, and much more likely in a managed labor. I probably don't need to worry about it, and anyway, there's not much you can do about true dystocia." --I can elaborate on how my feelings on this have changed, if you want.)
I progressed pretty quickly. I woke around 2:30, *knew* this was it around 5:30, and I believe entered transition aroun 7, 7:30. And I transitioned, and transitioned, and transitioned. I was pushy for a long time, maybe several hours. Just before Nova FINALLY crowned, she passed meconium. Dh freaked. I think he may have asked if I knew "infant CPR" around then. I know he asked at some point, but I'm not sure when. I just grunted at him. He told me he needed to call 911. I thought it was because she was stuck, and in dispair, concented. Long story short, he called, I told him she was coming (she crowned), he ended the phone call, and her head was born shortly thereafter. After several minutes, what seemed like an eternity, I finally had another contraction and the rest of her was born. She didn't look good. She recovered slowly, and the medics didn't come, didn't come.
We wouldn've been fine if dh and I could have pulled ourselves together to get Nova and me into clean clothes and a nice warm bed. But no. Dh called 911 again while I held Nova and tried to clean us both us a bit. I birthed the placenta, and kind of hung out in the bathroom. When the first responders and other medic people arrived, Nova was not doing fantastically. She wasn't warm enough, and I think she was using her energy to try and stay warm. Plus she was bruised, etc. So we went to the hospital where the CNMs worked.
Really, there were no repercussions, legally. Only emotionally. I was "required" to see a social worker before discharge. That freaked me out, and I worried for months about a home/ follow up visit. I realize now that she was probably not w/ social services, but on staff at the hospital. I was bullied into a few procedures that I didn't want. (I was nervous about refusing too much, for fear of CPS.) A few doctors were nasty to me, but overall, most people were nice and respectful. One nurse even asked as we were leaving if we'd planned to have Nova at home, ourselves. I shyly said yes, and she advised us, "Next time, do the same thing, just don't come into the hospital." That was very validating, and I feel we've learned from our mistakes.
I think that the biggest risk is someone taking it upon themselves to call CPS on you. Calm confidence is your biggest asset. I know that my knowledge earned me respect from the nurses, at least. The mere fact that I could confidently say, "I prefer not to use pitocin, I know how to do uterine massage and would like to do that instead" won several over.
This is getting really long. Please feel free to ask questions, and I can elaborate on anything I've written here.