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Poll Results: Where and how do you think you'll give birth?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 8% (9)
    Unassisted, at home
  • 40% (41)
    With a midwife, at home
  • 10% (11)
    With a midwife, at a freestanding birth center
  • 20% (21)
    With a midwife, in the hospital
  • 17% (18)
    With an OB, in the hospital
  • 0% (1)
    Other
101 Total Votes  
post #21 of 47
I'm going to a hospital but have a midwife.
post #22 of 47
We're planning a homebirth (just called to set up a meeting w/ the hb midwife last night! but we are still going to see the cnm just in case there's something wrong and I think it would make me feel better since I had complications w/ ds' birth. The good thing is that both parties seem pretty cool and relaxed about each other.
post #23 of 47
With a CNM at our local birth center. We have several friends who had babies there and I've heard nothing but positive things. We just were there to hear the baby's heartbeat, and it's a great place. The only downside was the hour-long wait! They did apologize twice, and I'm hoping that was a fluke.

For my first child, we thought we were headed for a CS because of placenta previa, but that resolved and we were able to do our original plan, which was have a CNM in the hospital (this was in a different city). It was a great birth, and the L&D nurses were truly awesome and supportive. Everybody loved that CNM, and I think her influence really showed in that hospital.

The big plus to a homebirth for me would be avoiding a car trip in labor, and then avoiding putting a newborn in the car. Otherwise, I think I might be more stressed out in a way - you know, hearing the dogs bark, kids out the window... Also, my 2 yo son is very sensitive to us being 'hurt'. I passed out a while ago, and though of course my husband was fully in charge and calm (I do this somewhat often), my son really got into the caregiving, giving me water, draping his body over mine, taking a washcloth from someone and patting it on my face. It is a lovely thing about him, but I worry that if he saw me in real pain that it would be overwhelming for him. I also think that I might tone down some of my sounds and movements because of that, which wouldn't work. So, the birth center is a really nice compromise, with the added benefit of being a place that has had so many great births, it feels really good in there.
post #24 of 47
in a hospital w/a family practice doc (there are no OBs in our very rural town). Previous experience w/a birth center that went wrong means it's not an option for me and I prefer being in a hospital.
post #25 of 47
Planning a UC for the second time around. First time ended up being a hospital induction for pre-eclampsia. DEFINITELY avoiding that this time. And I have an awesome hospital midwife for my prenatal care. :
post #26 of 47
I am having a natrual birth in a hospital. I had my daughter at a birth center with a midwife, but she no longer practices, and I am not comfortable giving birth at home.
post #27 of 47
I just finished chattering about what I'm planning in another thread because I'm pretty excited =) I'm seeing a midwifery practice at a university hospital. They're the only hospital to do waterbirths in the Denver metro area. I don't know if I *will* have a waterbirth, but I love the option. Everything I've read in the Colorado section here and on a local AP board tells me I'm going to love the midwives and will be able to have the birth I want, and that's borne out by my contact with them so far (interview and first prenatal visit).

I told both the midwife I interviewed and the one who saw me at my prenatal about the things I didn't like about the birth of my son (don't get me wrong, it wasn't nearly as traumatic an experience as I know many have experienced in hospitals but it displeased both myself and my husband) and both of them seemed to appreciate why I was unhappy with it.

I took a tour of the birthing center area of the hospital (they even call it a birth center, they have two separate birth floors, the birth center for low risk and one for high risk. The description I was given for the high risk included things like quadruplets and serious medical issues.) The rooms are lovely and large, particularly the LDR rooms--the postpartum rooms are a bit smaller but then they won't be used to hold birth tubs!

On the petty side, I also noticed differences between the rooms at UCH and the ones at Aurora South (where my son was born) that don't *matter* so much as the quality of care but which I liked. both sides have *nice* showers with handheld showerheads--only the LDR side did at Aurora South and I could have used that after my son was born! Also, only the LDR side at AS had DVD players or anything besides basic TV/medical TV channels. both sides at UCH have DVD players--would have liked to watch a movie while snuggling a sleeping or nursing baby.

My packet of papers from UCH that they gave me at my prenatal visit included a sample of RRL tea and a paper on why breastfeeding is important, as well as an ad for their prenatal massage therapy services.

In all, I'm really getting excited about this time around! They're very supportive of natural birth (or seem to be) and nobody bats an eye when my son nurses. In fact, he was nursing the whole time the midwife was checking my abdomen and probing for the heartbeat (I loooove hearing the baby heartbeat!). He was also nursing when we were discussing the prenatal classes, and we all joked that I didn't feel a need for the breastfeeding class

Oh, and the packet of papers also included a birth plan template. love it =)
post #28 of 47
At my age (44) with twins, there's not much choice. I'm happy to be birthing in a hospital when the time comes. But I am planning to deliver vaginally. I'm not interested in a C-section, unless, at that moment, the babes are upside down and sideways to make it impossible. My goal is to actually deliver. Hope that works out as planned.
post #29 of 47
I'll be at home with DH, my midwife, and our son!
post #30 of 47
I'd love a home birth, but I'd have to work out child care for both kids since DD may be interested in watching the birth. Without my mom and sister in town, it makes planning that difficult. It may end up being a hospital birth. Regardless, it will be with a midwife.
post #31 of 47
sarahmagoo, I'm a little confused--does the hospital have child care or something? How is it easier to have child care for a hospital birth than at home? Really just curious.
post #32 of 47
I, too, will be seeing my midwife in a birth center for my prenatal care. I'm also a VBAC and have to give birth in the hospital, it's illegal here in AK for me to give birth in a birth center.
post #33 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockeylover View Post
At my age (44) with twins, there's not much choice. I'm happy to be birthing in a hospital when the time comes. But I am planning to deliver vaginally. I'm not interested in a C-section, unless, at that moment, the babes are upside down and sideways to make it impossible. My goal is to actually deliver. Hope that works out as planned.
I am rooting for you! Mine chose to be transverse, stacked face to face with legs in opposite directions the entire pregnancy. Oh yeah with a HUGE fused placenta on top. That is not a typical presentation, so I wouldn't worry about that. Beside of the dozens of twin mamas I know OL and IRL, most delivered vaginally. The odds ARE in your favor no matter what those stinky old docs say.
post #34 of 47
I picked unassisted at home. I had a homebirth with my first (I planned a UC, but it didn't work out that way).
post #35 of 47
I am planning a VBAC at a hospital birth center. They have a 12% c-section rate (vs the 35% at other hospitals and nearly all births are attended by midwifes there. VBAC success rates are very high. It's low to no intervention as a general rule and they routinely leave the baby with mom right after birth, skin to skin without washing them off or weighing them or anything for 1-2 hours as the parents want. I will have an AquaDoula tub in the room with us, separate from the bathroom. All rooms are private. Since free standing birth centers in WA don't do VBACs and I am not able to find a provider I really am excited about for a home birth, this is the best option for us. Thankfully I have found a great private practice, independent midwife for prenatal care and to attend the birth. I really am enjoying seeing her for prenatal care and there is a good rapport between both my husband and me and her. When we toured it felt more like a birth center than a hospital. With my son, we were at a big teaching hospital and it was horrible.
post #36 of 47
right now i have a midwife who can do homebirths or hospital births. we will probably do a hospital birth due to my history of high blood pressure and the fact that i am a VBAC with a higher risk for pre-e and PIH. i will also be seeing an OB for a consult in case i have to transfer. he's her backup and is apparently very good, a number of my friends have used him and said he's great. regardless my midwife will be my advocate and that's what i really need. i had no one to advocate for me in my last birth and ended up with PTSD and severe PPD.
post #37 of 47
In Alaska, it's illegal to VBAC with a midwife, so I'll be w/ an OB at the hospital. *sigh* Unfortunately, the hospital here *sucks* and you can't bring your own birth tub. Grrrr.
post #38 of 47
I'm going to a University hospital with a midwife to VBA2C.
post #39 of 47
We will have this baby at a birth center with a midwife, hope to have a water birth again.
post #40 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by krisw View Post
sarahmagoo, I'm a little confused--does the hospital have child care or something? How is it easier to have child care for a hospital birth than at home? Really just curious.
If we had baby in hospital, we would just need one person to watch both kids, and it could pretty much be any of our family or friends. If we had baby at home, I would need one person for each kid since my daughter would most likely want to be in and out during the birth, and we would need someone else to stay with my son when she's in with us. The person with my daughter would also have to be comfortable being at the birth, which rules out a bunch of the friends. Make any more sense?
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