I am thinking about doing a homebirth for our next child. I delivered my 13 month old at a hospital with a traditional OB with no complications. I'm young (25) and healthy and am a pretty good candidate for a homebirth. Also, there are several things I would like to do differently at my next birth that I'm don't think would occur with a traditionaly OB. However, we live half an hour from a hospital and I guess that's my only concern. I know that probably nothing will go wrong, but there's always that "what if" in the back of my mind. If something were to ever happen to my baby because I chose a homebirth and was unable to get any emergency intervention (if necessary) I just know that I could never live with myself. But I REALLY do believe that birth is a natural process and really want to do it naturally at home with no interventions. Anyone else deliver at home at a distance from a hospital? Can you give me some input or reassurance? Is there anyone out there who had a homebirth with a negative outcome that would not have occured with a hospital birth? Are there many scenarios where I would need emergency intervention where half an hour away would be too big of a distance? I am just really wanting to think this through very thoroughly and would welcome anyone's input.
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3/4/02 at 2:03pm