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post #21 of 46
We are planning a home waterbirth again (had one with ds3). The attendees will be my midwife, her assistant, my good friend/doula, my hubby and probably my mom. I am also hoping my kids will want to watch. We will see!
post #22 of 46
We originally were planning a HBAC but since we'd have to pay out of pocket we couldn't do it with how tight money is. So I took some advice and starting see a highly recommended midwife who does hospital births and I absolutely LOVE her. I'm even rethinking my 'if I have to go to the hospital I'll be pushing on the way' because I think with her I'll really be able to get the birth I want, hospital or not.
Good luck to you all!

~Manda
post #23 of 46
I have had two c-sections and was induced for blood incompatibility with my hospital vba2c. I really wanted to go med-free, but got the epi about 33 hours into it. But I had him vaginally about three hours later :

If the blood incompatibility is an issue, the baby will be monitored for anemia and will have an in-hospital birth. I am hoping to find a care provider that is as cool about non-chemical induction as my last one was, if this is the case. If the baby doesn't have the antigen, I am planning a homebirth. A dear friend who is a midwife back in my hometown has agreed to stay here a couple of weeks :
post #24 of 46
I am planning a birth center birth, maybe with a doula (the midwives have 24 hour shifts, so you can get more than one if you labor over a shift change and maybe in the water. The idea of laboring in the water is wonderful to me, but I've never done it before so I'm not sure!
post #25 of 46
another homebirth, most likely with the same midwife.
post #26 of 46
Planning a home waterbirth.
post #27 of 46
Hospital birth with a midwife.
post #28 of 46
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Originally Posted by sonuptosondown View Post
Still up in the air. Previous births were hospital with epi. Tried to do hospital with midwife but that didn't work out, and that's not an option anymore.
So it's between another hospital birth (which isn't the worst thing for me) and a free standing birth center with midwives.

Question: Has anyone else had a birth center birth who had high blood pressure at the end of their pregnancy? I had to be induced a couple weeks early because of high bp. Is this something that could have been managed another way, other than induction? I really haven't researched at all yet, but would love if anyone has experience/info.
I birthed first round in the hospital with a midwife. At my 40 week appt I had sky-high bp. As in 2 points below seizure. I was ordered to the hospital immediately (they wanted me to take an ambulance but I declined) for immediate induction. When my midwife very calmly told me that this was one of the leading causes for maternal morbidity I took her seriously. I managed to do hard labor, laying on my left side in bed while hooked up to pictocin, for over 20 hours with no drugs. Then I pushed for two!

PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension) is extremely rare. If you are birthing the second time with the same partner, your chances of getting it again are close to zero. I have read about the Brewer diet and while I didn't know about it at the time, I can tell you that my diet very closely resembled it. In my experience, your bp is what makes the difference in how it is handled at the time. High bp was my only symptom.

This time we are planning a home birth come hell or high water (well, almost ha). I am confidant I won't have any issues, and now I know I can do it and I think birthing at home will actually reduce my bp during labor so I have that on my side too.

My friend Sherri (also in this ddc) recently sent me a couple links so I'll pass them on
http://prenatal-health.suite101.com/...d_hypertension

http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/
post #29 of 46
I'm in a new area for this birth, and the midwife that everyone recommended can't see me for my 1st appt until Dec so we decided to go with an OB that a doula friend of mine suggested. I'm having a hard time finding midwife who has availability and takes my insurance. I don't mind waiting for the midwife but she also only works 2 days a week the office told me. (she has twins herself)

So I'm probably having a doula+hospital birth (DS was preemie, induction) and perhaps an OB but we'll see. I really want a midwife...I might see the OB this month for an u/s/heartbeat,etc and then switch to the midwife for a Dec appt.

I go in Monday to talk to a rep from my insurance company to figure this all out. We are military so they REALLY push you to have the baby at the military hospital but that's totally off the table for me. BTDT and no way in heck again.
post #30 of 46
We're planning a homebirth, with the pool there in case I want it. My last birth was a UC and it was awesome! I'd love to do it again, but I'm a surrogate so the decision isn't 100% mine. My IM (the baby's mom) is totally cool with a UC, but my IF (the dad) will be more comfortable with a mw. Our mw is a good friend of their's and she's cool with a UC and she knows I'd prefer it so she's really just going to be there in the background to make IF feel better

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Originally Posted by sunflwrmoonbeam View Post
Homebirth, currently debating on a water birth.
Definitely have a pool there as an option. We never got the tub filled in time for dd's birth and I really wanted to get in that hot water the whole time I was laboring. I kept asking if it was full even when I was pushing!
post #31 of 46
I'll have a hospital VBAC with an OB, no midwives at my hospital and I can't go to the birthcenter as a VBAC.
Hopefully it'll be like the last birth - a drug free VBAC arriving 30 mins after I get to the hospital. I'll probably hire a doula depending on cost. I'd like a homebirth but just can't afford it......$3,000 is a lot of money in our home.
post #32 of 46
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Originally Posted by happyhippimama View Post
Ok, what kind of birth are you planning this time?

I have 4 "standard" hospital births. No complications, but got an epi all 4 times.

THIS time, I am planning a homebirth in our garden tub w/a midwife.

What is everyone else gonna do this time around?
Remarkably similar to you!

I have four hospital births with one shouldery dystocea, no epidurals. This time, I'm planning a homebirth with a midwife.
post #33 of 46
My 3rd homebirth.

#1: Labored but didn't deliver in water. Midwife attended.

#2: No time to get any water set up; midwife missed it, too. Had to transfer for retained placenta.

I want water and a midwife for labor this time. I'm not sure I'll want to deliver in water this time either but I'm open to it. I want a midwife around because of some fear left over from #2 but really I'd love a UC (I had actually been fantasizing alot about one with #2 and see where that got me? )
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by Erinz View Post
I birthed first round in the hospital with a midwife. At my 40 week appt I had sky-high bp. As in 2 points below seizure. I was ordered to the hospital immediately (they wanted me to take an ambulance but I declined) for immediate induction. When my midwife very calmly told me that this was one of the leading causes for maternal morbidity I took her seriously. I managed to do hard labor, laying on my left side in bed while hooked up to pictocin, for over 20 hours with no drugs. Then I pushed for two!

PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension) is extremely rare. If you are birthing the second time with the same partner, your chances of getting it again are close to zero. I have read about the Brewer diet and while I didn't know about it at the time, I can tell you that my diet very closely resembled it. In my experience, your bp is what makes the difference in how it is handled at the time. High bp was my only symptom.

This time we are planning a home birth come hell or high water (well, almost ha). I am confidant I won't have any issues, and now I know I can do it and I think birthing at home will actually reduce my bp during labor so I have that on my side too.

My friend Sherri (also in this ddc) recently sent me a couple links so I'll pass them on
http://prenatal-health.suite101.com/...d_hypertension

http://www.blueribbonbaby.org/
Wow, thank you SO much for sharing your story and those links. I really appreciate it!
I did call the birth center today to see if I would be a good candidate and the answer was "no" because of my previous high bp before and after delivery. I actually have had high blood pressure with my last TWO babies (same partner). With ds2 I went in for my 40 week appt and had elevated bp, they sent me for monitoring at the hospital, and decided to induce me. BP went down after delivery. Then later, with my dd, I had high bp at 38 weeks, was induced, and had very high bp after delivery requiring medication. So yeah, now that I'm thinking about it more carefully and reading your story, I'm seeing it's really safer for me to be in the hospital. It's hard, because I was browsing the birth center's website and birth stories yesterday and was really getting excited. I'm glad I called and checked with them this morning so I can start getting used to the idea of having another hospital birth. I will feel so blessed if I can have a healthy baby, I am sure I just need a day or so to switch gears after my initial excitement. Maybe I can hire a birth doula to have a little nicer experience?
post #35 of 46
First timer and need the reassurance of my doctor. She's a wonderful doctor, I really like her a lot, and my insurance will cover that. So, decision is made.

I'm really worried that something would go wrong at home, so I just don't think I could add the extra stress to an already intimidating process.:
post #36 of 46
I'm planning an unmedicated, no to little intervention hospital birth with a Dr. I've always wanted a home birth, but DH is just too afraid
post #37 of 46
I'm planning a hospital birth with an epi, possibly with a non-chemical induction at term so I can choose which doctor in the practice I deliver with.

It's so weird how people fear different things - I know I don't want to go through the pain again, but after two out-of-hospital births, I am scared to set foot in the place Like they'll be waiting at the door with a scalpel and a big syringe of Pit or something. In fact, they'll probably be glad to be dealing with somebody who has birthed two babies without incident and doesn't want a lot of hand-holding
post #38 of 46
I would really like to UC, but DH is starting to express his worries. Hopefully DH will come around If not then the same midwife for a home water birth.
post #39 of 46
We're planning an HBAC with pool in case I want that. For DD, we went to a freestanding birth center, but I let them coerce me into induction. I was also very disappointed in myself for not getting a doula. For some reason, I really thought the birth center midwives would be at my side a lot to offer pain relief options and suggestions for positions to speed labor or turn DD, but they really weren't with me much. I don't know that we could have avoided a C-section with a doula, but I think the experience would have been much better.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by organic-mama View Post
I'm planning an unmedicated, no to little intervention hospital birth with a Dr. I've always wanted a home birth, but DH is just too afraid
organic-mama: how did your ob initially respond to you when you told her/him that this is what you wanted (if you've mentioned it yet, that is)? When I tried to introduce a conversation about birth plans with my ob when pg with our dd, I really felt like she really wasn't interested in talking about it so I kind of clammed up. Just curious about your experience?

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Originally Posted by Smithie View Post
I'm planning a hospital birth with an epi, possibly with a non-chemical induction at term so I can choose which doctor in the practice I deliver with.

It's so weird how people fear different things - I know I don't want to go through the pain again, but after two out-of-hospital births, I am scared to set foot in the place Like they'll be waiting at the door with a scalpel and a big syringe of Pit or something. In fact, they'll probably be glad to be dealing with somebody who has birthed two babies without incident and doesn't want a lot of hand-holding
Yes, they probably will be happy to have you!
What is a non-chemical induction?
I've had an epi for 3 of my births and didn't have one for the last one, my dd. I'd be totally ok going no-epi again, because my labors so far have been short and I handle that pain all right. The shocker to me was after my dd was born, when I had to get some stitches--yowza!! Now THAT is a much nicer experience with an epi on board. I'd like to go no epi but somehow make sure I don't tear. My labor was quiet--no one at the hospital really knew I was in hard labor, actually. But during the stitching I was swearing up a storm, it was very unladylike
btw, not a comment either way on getting/not getting an epi, just recalling this made me giggle.

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Originally Posted by tubulidentata2 View Post
We're planning an HBAC with pool in case I want that. For DD, we went to a freestanding birth center, but I let them coerce me into induction. I was also very disappointed in myself for not getting a doula. For some reason, I really thought the birth center midwives would be at my side a lot to offer pain relief options and suggestions for positions to speed labor or turn DD, but they really weren't with me much. I don't know that we could have avoided a C-section with a doula, but I think the experience would have been much better.
Wow, I would have had the same expectations you had, that the midwife would be there to offer a lot of labor support.
I didn't know birth centers did inductions? How did they do it?

Lots of questions from me today
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