I have found the reading of these post very interesting. I just gave birth to a 9lb infant with velamentous insertion. I had him at home and my husband caught him because he came before the the midwife could arrive. Baby was fine and all seemed well till the delivery of the placenta. I am praising God that I am still here as the cord became unattachted from the placenta and we could not get the placenta out. After trying pushing, pitocin, forcepts and a lot of uncomfortable procedures we headed to the hospital. However, the local hopspital didn't want to take me so we had to drive, i was stable at the time but in route began bleeding again, ended up in an ambulance at emergency care with great blood loss. The paramedics and OB team were great though and I am thankful for a Dr. with small hands : ). At the hospital they were able to remove the placenta w/o a D&C and I am recovering at home. I am thankful for the opportunity to have my 2nd home birth, and thankful for the cooppoartion of the hospital and staff to help when we couldn't handle at home.
I hope that people will realize that home birth is safe (my first was at home and went beautifully) but it is great to work together with a hospital for back up when things get serious. I am thankful to all that played a part in the birth and recovery of my child. Had I not been rejected by the local hopsital I don't think I would have ended up with such a dangerous situation. VI seems to be easily worked through with the proper care, wether home or at the hospital.
The VI I had was not known to us before the birth, though it had been picked up via ultrasound. Good communication between caregivers is important. We are not sure why this wasn't caught before the birth but again, I am thankful that my baby and I are ok and it was so special for my husband to deliver.
So very Blessed