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post #21 of 41
I'm a homebirther... third time (should be a charm ). I'm planning to UC but doing prenatals with a midwife. She's so great. I wouldn't mind her being there for the tail end of the birth. I am hoping for a night labor with a dawn birth (so the kids can see). I do want someone to be there post birth for emotional support (for both dh and I) and to check the baby out. and do my post natals.
My mw had four homebirths with the last two unassisted (well, other than her husband). So she's supportive of me ucing... which is nice.


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Hey I'm in East Norriton/Norristown area!! very close by!
I used to live in Doylestown.. then in Yardley. Too bad you're not staying in that area. I loved my philly/maryland mws. Now we're on the opposite end of the state.
post #22 of 41
I'll be UC'ing at home. For my dd I had an unmed birth at a hospital but I didn't like the scare tactics they used on me (tried to have me induced and told me if I didn't I would wind up with a dead baby - went into labor that night anyway) and then all the interventions they pushed on me while I was laboring and not wanting to be bothered.

I don't know about water birthing. Last time I really had no desire at all to be in the water. Normally I love swimming and playing in warm water, and taking baths, but I didn't like being in a bath or a shower when I was laboring. So maybe I am a land-birther at heart. But if the going gets rough, I would like to have the option. Not sure yet, we might just buy a little fishy pool or I might look into renting a birth tub.
post #23 of 41
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Dh isn't sure about UCing so we're getting a midwife. I'm very hands off though, I think that's what went wrong last time. Hopefully she'll agree to just letting me do my thing and we'll call her when we're ready for her. We're meeting her Monday, so we'll see.
post #24 of 41
Count me in for homebirth with midwife!!! This is our first but I knew even before conceiving that is the path I would take.
post #25 of 41
This is my 3rd child and will be my 2nd homebirth.
post #26 of 41
Hi all, I'm planning a home birth as well. I'm in New Hampshire. This is my second child but it will be my first home birth. It will be with the same midwife as my first child though, who was born in a free standing birth center. My husband and I are really excited. We are just hoping the floor will support the birthing tub!
post #27 of 41
Before I got pregnant, the plan was a home birth. This will be my third child and I really don't want to do another hospital birth. I am thinking though now that maybe I'll check out the water birth center. I guess I should keep my options open at this point.
post #28 of 41
Hi MamaWolfe. I was just wondering what are some of your deciding factors? For me, I had a wonderful (albeit long) first birth in a birth center, but even then, I had the overwhelming desire to be home. I had not expected that. Immediately after birth, my husband and I were already saying, "next time, at home..." Would you be able to get a tub at home? My first son wasn't born in the water, but the tub was a huge relief during my labor, so we'll be getting one for the second child. I'm still not sure what the total cost out of our pocket will be, my first prenatal appointment is Tuesday, so I'll have a better idea then. I'm hoping not too much, because we are pretty set on it!
post #29 of 41
I just wanted to add that my first I labored in water in one of those blow up kiddie pools. Hated it. Gave birth in bed.
Second labor I did in an Aquadoula. Much better experience but I'd recommend lining at least part of the bottom and part of a side with pillows. It's too deep to be completely comfortable without any support (I felt like I was going to drift away). Gave birth in water. Great. Loved it. Doing it again.
This time we're using a rubbermaid horse trough, lined in blankets and pillows and with a waterproof liner on top. Hopefully I'll give birth in water agian!
post #30 of 41
Homebirther here! I've been planning my homebirth for 4 years- ever since I started working as a birth professional and saw the way birth is handled in the hospital- NO WAY! I'll be getting the Birth Pool in a Box too so that I have the option of waterbirth if it seems right at the time.

I can't wait for my homebirth! And the nice thing about planning and being aware so long before pregnancy is that just about everyone has had time to get used to the idea, DH included. I know that there are family and friends who don't necessarily agree with my choices, but they have had enough time to get used to it and realize that they will need to keep their mouths shut!
post #31 of 41

I'm not sure what to call mine...

...It will be like a homebirth, but not in my home...it's at a center where it's really just a nice big room and you contract directly with a midwife that has privliges there (any licensed midwife in WI could actually). But I don't like saying "birth center" because there's no doctors, nurses, medications, they bring out the AquaDoula...etc, etc, and when I say Birth Center around here (meaning here in real life) people think of something that still involves a hospital bed and nurses and IV's but prettier wallpaper and gourmet coffee (yep, that's a major selling point at one new "birth center" here).

So long story short - does mine count? :
post #32 of 41
I'm a homebirther, my mw is content to chill in the other room unless I need her
post #33 of 41
We're planning our second homebirth. I love my hubby so much. Went to the uni doc in a box because I thought I might have an UTI and she started spouting off all this nonsense about how "birth can go bad in an instant" and how is was "brave" (read AN IDIOT!) for having my first baby at home... DH was like, "well, did you tell her off? Did you cite all the studies?" and "don't ever go to that cow again. " hehe
post #34 of 41
I could have sworn I posted here already!

Count me in for a homebirth, possibly UC.
post #35 of 41
We're planning our first homebirth with a hands off midwife. I'm so excited to do things differently!
post #36 of 41
We're doing a homebirth this time as well! I couldn't imagine doing it any other way
post #37 of 41
I'm planning a homebirth. I'm not going to the mw until I'm a little further along, however. I need to call her and see if I can get in still. I'm a little concerned that maybe she will be booked or soemthing. I have no idea how ahead of time I need to contact her.

I also have no idea how we're going to do a homebirth. I think a water-birth sounds lovely, but honestly, I really don't like water very much so I'm not sure if that's what I want. I have no idea where I would birth if I didn't birth in a tub on the back porch, however.

Jen
post #38 of 41
Fire, I just emailed my midwife to let her know and ask if I needed to do anything to reserve my spot. She just pencilled me in.
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by lszadk View Post
Hi MamaWolfe. I was just wondering what are some of your deciding factors? For me, I had a wonderful (albeit long) first birth in a birth center, but even then, I had the overwhelming desire to be home. I had not expected that. Immediately after birth, my husband and I were already saying, "next time, at home..." Would you be able to get a tub at home? My first son wasn't born in the water, but the tub was a huge relief during my labor, so we'll be getting one for the second child. I'm still not sure what the total cost out of our pocket will be, my first prenatal appointment is Tuesday, so I'll have a better idea then. I'm hoping not too much, because we are pretty set on it!
I posted that within a day of finding out I was pregnant and I think I just got nervous for a short bit. I'm over it. I'm definitely gonna do it at home!!! The birth center is 3 blocks from my house but, it's not home. I definitely want a waterbirth though, so I guess we'll have to get one of those tubs. My last one was not waterbirthed but I did have access to a jacuzzi for most of my labor and it was wonderful!
post #40 of 41
Homebirth here (we're in western Mass)! My dd was also born at home 2 years ago -- but it was a different home!

We used a Rubbermaid trough, and probably will do the same again.

Oh, and, by the way: hi there, April mamas! I haven't introduced myself yet!
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