Originally Posted by gemelos
Kathryn, how did EMS react to you homebirthing triplets? Were they concerned or did they try to convince you to transfer? I would be so scared to let any medical team into my house during a multiple birth. But if I wanted to have triplets at home and that was my midwife's condition, I would allow it!
They weren't bothered at all and never said anything bad. Well, this one guy made a comment about 'too many women'
because there were 4 midwives, a photographer, and my friend, several who were nursing the babies. I recently spoke to an EMS person from the same county and she was like "YOU'RE the triplet homebirth! Wow, your story has been passed around since last year" She didn't act like it was in a bad way, but I'll never know.
Originally Posted by sarahloughmiller
Yeah, I would not want to call them either! I can't beleive you actually got them to leave without any of you!
They would've preferred I had gone in for a blood transfusion, but I refused AMA and they were fine with that.
Originally Posted by starling&diesel
I have to say thumbs-up to the EMTs who stayed to give fluids and O2!
I've attended and delivered at both mw-assisted and unassisted homebirths that have taken an unexpected turn. I think you can expect -- in most jurisdictions -- that if you call 911 in a medical emergency where children are involved (especially multiple infants!), you might have to have a plan for if the EMTs call CPS and/or the cops to enforce transport. Most EMTs freak out at the thought of homebirths, being that we end up assisting at spontaneous ones where the parents wanted an institutional birth or even CS. As well, in my region, I would be disciplined, if not stripped of my license, if I violated my protocol, which demands that I transport if certain risk factors are present.
I don't want to be alarmist ... on the contrary, I'm just suggesting that all families birthing at home would do well to have a good solid plan (in writing) and an articulate advocate on hand or available who is not directly involved in the birthing process (... other AP folk? Sister-in-law?)
And part of that plan would hopefully include your own, self-identified signals that it's time for transport.
That all said, blessings on you all for your homebirth choice! If I attended, I'd put on my pom-poms and be your cheerleader! Rah-rah, sisboombah, gooOOOoo mamas!
If this had been an emergency that we called them for, I could understand that. However, it wasn't. When they were called, they were specifically called to be on stand by. They came and sat in the living room and just talked to each other until they were needed. Several of the male EMT's snuggled the first baby and talked about playing baseball with him.
If there had been something going wrong in the birth and we called them, I could see them forcing transport, but not when we called them specifically for stand by only. They really came with the understanding that if we were to need them, we wanted them there already.