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post #21 of 24
Are ther any birthing centers in your area? You are more likely to get what you want, especially with a midwife. Water is definitely the way to go! Can you rent your own tub and bring it in the other rooms? If you go to the hospital please make sure you write a very detailed birth plan and get your Dr. to sign it. Make sure it is hanging for all to see! Best Wishes!
post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
I just realized there were some posts here and I wanted to respond.

I think homebirth is illegal in Ohio, for CNMs. But you can have a lay midwife I think... I wasn't able to have a home birth because dh is "against" it.

My birth in the hospital, needless to say went very well. I didn't need to have my birth plan with me, because it went the way I wanted!!! But I had about 5 copies in my bag! LOL

I will explain what happened. I started having irregular contrax in the afternoon of November 14th. I had to finish some loose ends for our house closing and ran around getting those done. My contrax felt like strong BH contrax, so I didn't really think that I was in pre labor, but I was! Around 6 pm, I gave my ds#1 a bath, and got in the tub with him. (I told dh a bit before that that I thought he wouldn't be going to work the next day!) My friend called me and said that I could call her if I needed to. I didn't really think I needed her at that point. I was calm, and relaxed, but contrax were coming more frequently, and I had to be on my hands and knees during every contrax!

A little while later I called my friend because I couldn't get through a contraction and dress my son! LOL She came over around 7 pm I think, and watched my then 21 month old and timed my contractions. I was about 5 min apart consistently. I decided to call the midwife around 7:30- 7:45 pm, and she asked if I was comfortable to labor at home. I said that I was. Pretty soon my contrax were getting 3 minutes apart, so my friend called the midwife back on my behalf and she called within minutes! (You have to call the answering service.) There wasn't much time between the first time I called, and the second time! LOL I think I went to the hospital around 9 pm, and I rode in my mom's car on my hands and knees in the back! LOL It must have looked pretty silly!

When I got to the hospital, I asked if I could push the wheelchair because there was no way I could have sat down. I flustered the ER girl! But I got to walk and push the chair!!! It took a long time to get to the maternity area, because I had to stop walking during a contraction to breathe. They put me right in my room- no triage!

The midwife got there and checked me- well the student midwife did, and announced that I was 8 cm and my bag was bulging! I couldn't believe it! The baby was a bit posterior (sidelying, but head down) so I had to turn him. She had me rock my pelvis on the bed for what seemed like forever. I kept asking, when can I get in the tub? Finally, I got in the tub...it was heavenly! It slowed down my contractions, and I was having conversations. I was still really calm, and not much pain. At 10:25 pm, my water broke...in the tub! After tha, things really went fast. A few contractions, I was 10 cm and ready to push. He was born at 10:40 pm. My friend video taped everything. My mom was there. My dad was watching my other son at home. Dh and my sister missed getting there... they were each driving a distance. All in all, my "labor" lasted about 4 hours. Pre labor started around 2 pm that day, but I didn't count it in the labor. I have no idea when I transitioned... things went really fast. But I did it. I had an easy hospital water birth.

Yes- there was a birthing center near me, but it was in Michigan, and my insurance only covers OHIO.

Baby #3 I hope to have at home. If I could just convince dh...

Thanks for all the well wishes!
post #23 of 24
i am glad all was well.
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks! He is a beautiful and sweet little guy. He latched on within an hour of being born and is still nursing like a champ. Gaining weight well- 11 lbs 11 oz last week and 23 inhes tall. He was 7 lbs 8 oz at birth and 20 inches. Not bad, for just being 2 months!

My older son breastfed too, but he isn't very big...he's almost 2 and he's 21 lbs! LOL But, this was the way I saw it: he wasn't starving- he was offered a boob anytime he wanted. He was growing and happy. So what if he didn't weigh 20 lbs at 6 months- easier to carry when they are small, right? :LOL

I know- OFF TOPIC. I could still vent!

Actually I have one other thing to mention: the nurse that gave the tour and said that no docs let you birth in water was the same nurse that ended up being at my birth! LOL She said that in the 10 years she's been an OB nurse, she had never seen a water birth. So maybe I opened her eyes.
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