I am in total agreement with some of the PPs... This post especially hit home for me:
Originally Posted by Lukas's Mama
I think that you do need to feel "invested" in a homebirth before you make the decision. While there may be a very real need for Plan B, it's hard to stay focused and get through the hard parts of labor at home if you have one foot out the door.
I didn't feel nervous at all about being at home while I was birthing, I would have felt much more nervous at a hospital. I had such confidence in my mw and she in me that we really clicked and I knew I was where I needed to be with all the support I needed.
DS was my fist birth and a HB. I labored in the tub for a while and in my family room and bedroom. I ate and drank what I wanted, had limited exams, pushed when I was feeling the urge and rested between. I had all the time I needed to stretch and great perineal support and birthed my 9 pound boy with a nuchal arm/ hand without a tear. I can't imagine that ever happening in the hospital.
I had my first homebirth with my 2nd son - a VBAC. I had the utmost trust in my midwives and knew that they always had MY best interests in mind. I was encouraged to rest as much as possible, which made my looooong labor a successful one (one of the downfalls of my first labor). I was supported emotionally and physically through the entire process. I was given options and allowed to choose. My wishes were respected and my needs cared for. Most of all, there was complete TRUST. I ended up delivering flat on my back with my knees at my ears (or close!
) - not something I envisioned, BUT I trusted the midwives enough to know that if that was what they wanted me to do, I'd do it (and I only pushed that way at the VERY end). Even the oxygen that I was SO opposed to in my first birth, I trusted in my 2nd - because of whom was there and making the decisions to give it to me.
We are also just a few minutes from a hospital, but I told my MW that I would NOT go unless she told me I had to. And if she did, I'd be in the car in an instant. But I was, as the PP said, so invested in homebirth to never consider transferring for any reason but an emergency. I was so blessed because even the minor emergencies we had were perfectly handled my my MWs - things like a cervical lip, heavy bleeding, fainting, and tears.
I know I would have been MUCH more anxious and worried in a hospital, and I KNOW I would have had a repeat c/s if an OB had had anything to do with it.
I can't wait for my next home birth now!!