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Poll Results: What kind of birth are you planning?

 
  • 10% (9)
    Unassisted
  • 42% (35)
    Homebirth w/ midwife
  • 7% (6)
    Birthing Center
  • 13% (11)
    Hospital - no drugs
  • 2% (2)
    Hospital - drugs
  • 3% (3)
    Elective c-section
  • 4% (4)
    VBAC @ home
  • 0% (0)
    VBAC @ birthing center
  • 4% (4)
    VBAC @ hospital
  • 9% (8)
    I don't know yet.
  • 1% (1)
    Other (please do tell!)
83 Total Votes  
post #21 of 80
My dh was finally convinced about hb after watching Suzanne Arms' "Birthing the Future". She lists all of the most (over)used hopsital interventions and explains how so many are "required" yet unnecessary. After that, dh said "Wow-with #1 you had almost all of those and I had no idea they could actually hurt you and the baby".

Now it is a huge hb supporter and is looking forward to catching this one.
post #22 of 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by mum2be
I really want to do a home waterbirth, but dh is still nervous about it...Any ideas on how I can assure him it's safe and a great experience??
What does he have apprehension about specifically? I'd try to educate him on the individual fears he has. "Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" was a huge help in my convincing my DH that we did not want to give birth in a hospital. I would research and tell him every time I found anything interesting. Not just home birth safety stats, but the dangers of interventions and being in the hospital as well. Good luck with your hubby.
post #23 of 80
We're planning a homebirth with the same midwives who were at our first homebirth. It was a great experience and I can't imagine having a baby any other way.

Jessi
post #24 of 80
We're planning another homebirth...DD was born in the hospital and we had DS at home; the difference was amazing, I will never birth in a hospital again given normal circumstances
post #25 of 80
I voted unassisted homebirth.

My first was a homebirth with midwives, and as much as I love my midwives, they're too hands-on for me. I just want to be alone so I can listen to my body. We're still figuring out what to do about prenatal care.
post #26 of 80
Me too Crystal - a homebirth-transfer for son #1, a homebirth with son #2 (but the midwife almost caused a should distocia by pulling on his head) and I'm gun-shy by that as well as in my heart of hearts I want to do it myself. I'm having an unassisted pregnancy too (I'm a student midwife and work with a midwife every week so if I have questions I can ask her) by doing what they would normally do. I'm going to buy a container of the pee sticks to check lukocytes, protien, etc. and take my bp, do my weight (if I feel like it) and measure fundal height. I might ask her for some help with listening via fetoscope for the heartbeat and I'd like her to check the location of the placenta since I won't get an u/s and it would set my mind at ease... and I'll keep track of all those things in a journal so I look responsible in case anyone asks.

When I close my eyes I imagine being alone entirely... so we'll see.

~Julie
post #27 of 80
Elective c-section most likely. Long story as to why, I did post it in birth and beyond before. If we move and there is a free standing birth center I might consider, otherwise not.
post #28 of 80
Hey, I just found out I could join here as of this morning

Anyway, we're planning unassisted. Unassisted pregnancy also, unless of course something goes wrong and then I'd be open to a 2nd openion. I'm excited about all of this, yay for September babies!

Cara
post #29 of 80
Hi ladies, I`m also most likely having a section too. Its also a long story and I don`t want to scare any new mamas, but I`ve written a lot about it here. I am open to vbac but only in a certain time frame and if I feel instinctive about it then.
post #30 of 80
We are planning our first homebirth. For our older two kids DH was more comfortable with the hospital so we had a midwife deliver there (#2 was actually supposed to be a birth center but our midwife was already at the hospital with another mom and we would have had to have an alternative one we had never met). Here our closest option for a midwife hospital birth is 45+ minutes away and I didn't get as good of vibe off those midwives as I did off the home birth ones.

Deb
post #31 of 80
I voted homebirth with midwife.

That's assuming I can get DH on board in the next 7 1/2 months.

We had an induction with our first which scared him, so he's wanting to do the next one at a hospital.

I'll have to check out those resources mentioned and see if they help.
post #32 of 80

The same as last time almost..

Home waterbirth with a LM. We have moved since then so Hopefully the only difference will be the home!
post #33 of 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by gsmama2
All of the hospitals that are within an hour of our home do not allow vbacs, it's because of the outrageous mal-practice insurance rates in this area (Nevada). I suppose I could drive te 3-4 hours to a hospital in Sacremento, but my insurance would definitely not cover it. I like the idea of waiting until it's time to push to go, but last time when I did have the c-section I was just about ready to push and I was still forced into a section.

I have the # to two mw in this area now, so I'm going to do some calling this week. Wish me luck!
Where in NV are you, mama?? I have some awesome recomendations for ya
post #34 of 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ms.Doula
Where in NV are you, mama?? I have some awesome recomendations for ya
I'm in Carson City. I'd love some recomendations if you have any for this area
post #35 of 80
YIPPEE!!! I am a CBE, Doula from that area (relocated to central CA-for now) but I can tell you all you will ever need to know about the birthing community in that area! PM ME!!!
ETA: Hey Sarah- yanno we are the same age & have dds the same age! Might I have known you?? Iv been gone for almost 3 years. Did you go to school there??

post #36 of 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by gsmama2
All of the hospitals that are within an hour of our home do not allow vbacs, it's because of the outrageous mal-practice insurance rates in this area (Nevada). I suppose I could drive te 3-4 hours to a hospital in Sacremento, but my insurance would definitely not cover it. I like the idea of waiting until it's time to push to go, but last time when I did have the c-section I was just about ready to push and I was still forced into a section.

I have the # to two mw in this area now, so I'm going to do some calling this week. Wish me luck!
I'm also in Nevada.... Fernley, and am having the same problem. I'll be having my 3rd c-section in June (in Reno).
post #37 of 80
same as last time, hospital no drugs. i think a doula would come in handy though just in case the staff is less than helpful.
post #38 of 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by gsmama2
All of the hospitals in this area do not allow vbacs : . So, it's either a c-section or a vbac at home. Here's hoping!

I PMed you, but thought that I should pass this info along to other mamas as well:

This is taken from the Winter 2006 - Number 76 issue of Midwifery Today:

"The federal Emergency Treatment and Advanced Labor Act (EMTALA) requires hopsitals to admit women in active labor and to abide by their treatment wishes until the baby and placenta are delivered." The act was originally passed to prevent hospitals from "dumping" patients who can't pay, but its since been applied in all sorts of other ways and includes specific provisions that apply to laboring women.

The attorneys we've consulted on the VBAC ban issue have told us that hosptials are much more afraid of being found in violation of EMTALA than they are of malpractice suits because the act is routinely enforced and each violation subjects them to fines between $50,000 and $100,000.

I can't emphasize enough the importance to individuals who may find themselves in this situation of memorizing phrases such as "It's a violation of my rights under EMTALA to force me to undergo a cesarean," or "I'm invoking my right under EMTALA to refuse a, b, c." Whether the hospital in question says it bans VBACs is unimportant; according to EMTALA, you have the right to be admitted to a hospital once you're in active labor and, once admitted, you have the right to
refuse any recommended treatment. You can also remind them that VBAC isn't a tratement, it's the natural culmination of a normal physiological process. Cesareans are the treatment.

Also, it's helpful to know that EMTALA begins to apply once you are anywhere within 250 feet of a hosptial; you don't have to be in the emergency room. You can be standing in the hospital parking lot, and if they so much as touch you against your express consent, they are in violation of EMTALA. For anyone interested in reading more, we've compiled a legal primer on the rights of pregnant women at http://www.birthpolicy.org

Editor's Note: To learn more about this important subject, go to http://www.emtala.com . There you will find frequently asked questions (FAQ), as well as links to the statue and case law."
post #39 of 80

Eta...

I marked homebirth with midwife. I suppose technically I am VBAC at home, but for some reason, after I had my 2nd DC, a completely unmedicated hospital VBAC, I just don't think of myself as a VBAC any more. I think because I have come home to the way birth should be and stayed away from the medical establishment.

Anyhoo, I'm very pro-VBAC and rabidly anti c-section (I like to call them MASCRs, pronounced massacres, stands for Major Abdominal Surgery for Child Removal, seems more fitting for what they are and do to a woman) just to give everyone a heads-up for the next 9 months we're on the board together . : : : : : :

ETA: The area in which I live, like several areas of the country, does not allow vbacs. This is a travesty. Women should not be subjected to unnecessary surgery; this is wrong . *Thank goodness* surgical birth is available when it is necessary! Shame (among other things) upon the doctors and other medical staff who bully and coerce women into surgery when it is A) completely unnecessary and B) probably not necessary if other means could be employed first to try to attain vaginal birth. Whether or not surgical birth is truly necessary in any given case, it is still major abdominal surgery. It should not be treated lightly. About these things I am verbal.
post #40 of 80
i voted homebirth w/midwife, as of right now that's what we're planning for. not quite sure if it will work out that way though as the midwives we used last time (and LOVED!) are currently taking a break. so if i can't convince them to make an exception i'll have to either find another MW i'm comfortable with or convince DH to go along with UC.
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