Originally Posted by ~Megan~
So I'd think you needed to be there right away not just for the end.
What I'm saying is if you consider it unsafe to deliver at home then how is laboring at home any safer? Its not as if the only complications happen while pushing.
the only benefit I can see is that the shorter time you are there the less time they have to intervene and screw it up.
I sure hope that we'll notice any complications that may come up during labor, and get ourselves to the hospital in that case. It may not be very PC at MDC, but I have a handheld doppler that I rented back when I was very nervous about miscarrying, and so we'll be able to easily monitor the baby's heart rate, at least.
I switched OB groups this past week, and the new group (just 3 doctors, all female) seem very supportive of my desire for a natural birth. In fact, when I mentioned I hoped to labor at home for quite some time and asked my doctor when she thought I would need to get to the hospital, she replied "you can stay home until you start wanting to push, if you want" - YAY!!! It's nice to have my doctor's support for a decision like that. Of course, she added, as she must for liability reasons, that they could not guarantee the safety of my baby in that case.
I see three benefits to laboring at home and going to the hospital late: 1) being able to "enjoy my birthing time" (Hypnobaby-speak) as I want, in water, walking around - the water is the main thing as my doctor has signed off on no continuous fetal monitoring or IVs, but it turns out that only 4 of the LD rooms in the hospital have tubs, and these are just standard sized tubs, not birthing tubs... 2) being able to focus on my Hynobabies meditation in a more comfortable and peaceful environment...and 3) as you say, so they will have less time to intervene.
Planned UC is not for me, and unfortunately it's not that straightforward to have a midwife assisted HB in North Carolina. CPMs are not recognized or licensed by the state and it's illegal for them to attend births, though some do it nonetheless. CNMs are allowed to attend births, but only if they have an official back up physician, and there are very few physicians willing to do this in a home birth setting. The one CNM with back up I know of is not available. I would consider a home birth with CPM, but it would not be covered by our insurance, and this is a bit of an issue for us at the moment. In any case, I'm not sure that my DH would go along with the idea of HB, though if I really pushed it, he might.