Just so I'm clear and have a better understanding: If I was in labor and developed high blood pressure, is this reason enough for a hospital transfer? If I have high blood pressure during my pregnancy, is this a "risk out" for a homebirth and/or midwife care?
I'm sure it probably depends on the severity and if other signs/symptoms are present, but in general, how is this typically managed?
I wouldn't expect to be risked out IN labor, unless there were other problems in the labor. If I was clearly eclamptic, then I'd expect to be transferred for additional care (anti-seizure meds and such), but if it was a moderate or pain/stress-appropriate level of increase, I'd expect to stay home and be monitored. FWIW, my MW doesn't check my BP a ton in labor, anyway. A few times, yes, but not constantly.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
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Crystal Musselman CPM, LM
Crystal... Homechooling Mom to Katriel (12/28/98), Logyn (01/21/02), Aaryanna (04/30/10), and Zoe (04/26/2012) and Licensed/Certified Midwife in SW Virginia.
I don't know what would have happened if I'd been in active labor before we caught the high BP, though...I'm guessing she would still have recommended transferring, but by then it might have been too late to make it there before the birth.