Originally Posted by kerikadi
But if a homebirthing Mama went into labor early she would go to the hospital.
In theory, but a PP mentioned a mama not seeking medical attention and losing 26 week twins. Sounds like she didn't go to the hospital when needed, and I've seen the occasional mention of similar situations here on MDC - purposely waiting to go to the hospital with a preterm birth, etc. I think MOST homebirthing mamas will go to the hospital when necessary (I did!).
I think sometimes women here get so anti-medical that they refuse to see an OB unless it's super obvious that there's a really bad problem, but sometimes it's not so obvious. I had amniotic fluid gushing down my legs at 29 weeks, so it was obvious that something was wrong.
After that experience, I'm now more willing to see my OB even if it's not obviously something really bad, but at the same time, I also trust my midwife and talk to her about issues too. In a multiple pregnancy though, I would absolutely want to be monitored by an OB though. Yes it *is* riskier. And sometimes you don't know you're having preterm issues without being checked.
Part of the midwifery model of care is seeing an OB for high-risk pregnancies, and multiple births are higher risk than singleton births. Yes, it can be done naturally, but sometimes it might be safer to do it in the hospital, and just find an OB/hospital that will heed your wishes. I know that's hard in some places, unfortunately. I wish more OBs were open to natural child birth, even in multiple pregnancies.