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#1 of 7 Old 07-18-2005, 10:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So I remembered another reason that I want to homebirth. I have a vagal response to needles of any kind (shots, vein punctures for a big vial of blood, finger pricks for a few drops of blood, etc). What happens when I get a needle in me is my blood pressure drops a LOT, I lose color in my face (turn very white, almost blue sometimes), and I get lightheaded. The sensation only lasts 5-10 minutes and I know how to "treat" it and that it will resolve itself. Oh and when I say my blood pressure drops, I've only had it measured once during an "episode", when I was 18 and had just had a vaccination booster.

It was 50/22.

I'll remember that number for the rest of my life probably. Granted I was 18 and my blood pressure was around the 90/60 range at that time in my life anyway, but still. Anyway back to how this relates to homebirth. Most hospitals I'm sure have a policy of giving a laboring/birthing woman an IV, or at the very least a heparin-saline lock. All my episodes have been with needles that were in me briefly. I don't know yet how my body will react to having a needle in it for an extended period of time. And a low blood pressure I'm sure can't be good for me while I'm trying to labor and birth a baby. So I want to stay home.

Funny thing is that if I cut myself like while cooking or something then it's just a cut and I don't have any lightheadedness or anything. I'm a weirdo.

So that's it.

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#2 of 7 Old 07-18-2005, 10:19 PM
 
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I do the same thing.... it used to annoy the heck out of me when nurses and the like would make light of it- it was like- look lady, you're about to either get puked on or have to pick me up off the floor....

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Me too! I saw an OBGYN once while I was ttc. I had concerns about my hormone levels, so I agreed to have my blood taken. I was okay for about the first 2 minutes waiting for them to start, then I turned white and started hyperventilating and shaking. I was freaking out so bad they actually asked me if someone had hurt me with needles before. : Nope I'm just a wimp.

I can't imagine putting my body through that while I was pregnant. That stress could not be good for baby. Homebirth was awesome for no needles.
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I hae the smae problems with needles. ido a lot better with having my blood drawn than getting shots or heaven forbid IV's. I had to have one when I had Brandon, The nurse who put it in did a great job and I only threw up instead of passing out. lol With Ashlie I specifically asked if it was routine to give all woman in labor IV's my midwife (cnm, hospital birth) was like OF COURSE NOT. Ashlie was 7 days late and failed two NST. They did everything to get her moving it sucked, then the nurse decided I was dehydrated, I was like lady to you know how mant times a day I pee! lol Ihad to have an IV, I told them I am gonna to either throw up or pass out. They stuck 2 or 3 times on the last time I did pass out for a few seconds when I came too the nurses were freaking out and ready to call a code because Ashlie's heart rate dropped to 56. Even worse was that the IV fell out during the night(they kept me to induce) and I thought I was going to have to do it again. Luckily I was almost 3 cm dilated and the midiwfe broke my water and I went into labor. The nurses were refusing to give me antoher IV and were going to call the ehad nurse fomr the hospital to do it. Aidan I didn't have one and I won't with this baby unless there is some type of emergency.
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I hear ya about the needles!!! That's one reason I refused an IV when DS was born (hospital birth). Then, the stupid nurse tried to give me one when I was in transition! :

Definitely a homebirth next time, the only needles there are in my sewing machine.

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I hear you!

I often smile at women who tell me how "brave" I am to have a baby at home, when I know that it takes alot of trust, courage and faith to have someone poke my spinal column with a needle.

Has anyone ever asked the anesthesiologist how many of these procedures they have done before? Anyone think to ask for credentials before your vertebrate are numbed?

I bet if you have experienced a spinal headache or a reverse epidural*, you would wish that you had asked!!!


*where the top of your body is numb and paralyzed, not the bottom; therefore your breathing mechanism is paralyzed,

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You should also realize that some homebirth doctors do use IV's as this is part of their training...they would not know how to deliver a baby without one.

I have a homebirth on tape from a PBS presentation in which the mother has an IV and the doctor is in scrubs:

Soo silly.

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