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Did anyone see this yesterday? My dd had turned on the TV and it was on TLC Babystory and I noticed it looked like this woman was in a birth tub at home. I looked at the show description, and sure enough it was a homebirth!!! I've never seen one on Babystory!

I couldn't watch it, I unexpectedly burst into tears (I transported in Jan after 3.5 days at home with a broken water, at a 9, no more ctx). I did tivo it in case I get the guts up to watch it later.

I was glad to see a homebirth on TV.

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A few weeks ago I saw one where a mom had a hb, but then had to be transferred after the baby was delivered for hemorrhaging.

I'll check out the BS from yesterday - hopefully it recorded.
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i love it when they show homebirths!! there are a couple of stories about hb..some really good ones. a while ago, they aired a story in which the baby had shoulder dystocia. the midwife quickly preformed the 'gaskins maneuver', and the baby was delivered. Wugmama- i have also seen some transports on baby story .
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I saw one a while ago where the mama's husband was in Iraq and she had her baby at home surrounded by her daughter, mother and sisters. I thought it was super cool! She ended up getting transported to the hospital after the birth, for bleeding I think.

I LOVE seeing home births, and natural births in general, on Baby Story.
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Darn I wish I would have saw it. I saw one yesterday where she did it unmedicated but it was at the hospital.
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Just watched it.

She transferred at 9.5 cm for an epi. The baby was posterior and I think she was at the same dilation for several hours. The mw tried to convince her to stay home, but ultimately left the decision up to the mom.

I'm really glad I saw that episode. I was so disappointed when she went to the hospital, and it makes me want a hb even more. I don't think she had convinced herself that she could do it. At the beginning of the show she said "we're planning a hb, but that could change." Then, after the delivery she said she wasn't disappointed b/c she knew that going to the hospital was always an option.

I've been hoping to hb since before conceiving, so I've convinced myself I can do it, no matter what. (Barring any unforeseen complications, that is.)
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In my case I finally told my midwives I wanted to just go to the hospital after 3.5 days with a broken water. They had thought birth was emminent on Friday. It was Sunday afternoon I went. They don't typically do checks, but on Saturday afternoon I was at a 9 with baby's head only as far up as my midwife's first knuckle. Over 24 hours later, still the same. My blood pressure was also up and I could tell the midwife was worried because she got it down (finally) with homeopathics, and then told me, "I can't tell you how relieved I am". Then it went back up a couple of hours later.

When I told them I wanted to go they also told me a number of things that could happen at the hospital that I wouldn't like, like they were trying to talk me out of going. I finally said I just want to go. Then the one midwife said they had called the hospital 20 minutes before I told them I wanted to go to tell them I was coming, because they knew I had to go. It was really cool, because I felt like it was totally my decision, and then I find out without a doubt that they thought it was the right descison too.

I never thought I'd transport. I didn't even have a bag packed "just in case" so had to pack then. I still had an awesome, unmedicated birth though (well, just 20 minutes on pitocin, which isn't really medicine). My midwife was right by my side, holding my leg. She impressed the hell out of the hospital staff a few times, I could tell. And before the evening L & D nurse left for the night she came into my room and told me she was grateful for being able to be there and that it was a beautiful birth.

(okay, so I'm totally OT, but hey, I started the thread, I can derail it, right? )


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I saw the same one Oliviabolivia saw with the hemo. mama that got transferred. I have actually seen a acouple of home births on there and lots and lots of hospital water births all natural.
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Tracy - I'm happy for you that you were still able to have an awesome birth even though it wasn't how you had originally planned it.

It sounds like you did everything possible to birth at home. With your high bp, 3.5 days of labor, and no change for 24 hours, transferring to the hospital was the safest decision.

Awesome that you went completely natural at the hospital - especially with the side effects of pit. You must have been exhausted after so many days laboring at home.

BTW, did you ever watch the episode?
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No, I still haven't watched the episode. I don't watch that much TV and haven't seen any Baby Story episodes lately so didn't realize they had so many homebirth and natual births on there - that is awesome!

I was really lucky during my 3.5 days at home - my midwives took such excellent care of me, as did my mom and sis that were there. Also, I was not in labor that whole time. It took a long time to start my labor, and then it was hard work to keep it going. Eventually it fizzled out. The pit was wicked though, luckily I was only on for 20 minutes or less.

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Rats, I missed it! lol I haven't watched a Babystory in a while. I ususally get angry with the TV and start yelling and throwing things at it. But sometimes they do surprise us dont' they? I'm all for transporting if that's what is needed/desired, by the way.

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Just watched it.

She transferred at 9.5 cm for an epi. The baby was posterior and I think she was at the same dilation for several hours. The mw tried to convince her to stay home, but ultimately left the decision up to the mom.

I'm really glad I saw that episode. I was so disappointed when she went to the hospital, and it makes me want a hb even more. I don't think she had convinced herself that she could do it. At the beginning of the show she said "we're planning a hb, but that could change." Then, after the delivery she said she wasn't disappointed b/c she knew that going to the hospital was always an option.

I've been hoping to hb since before conceiving, so I've convinced myself I can do it, no matter what. (Barring any unforeseen complications, that is.)
Bear in mind with your criticism, that you haven't delivered an unmedicated posterior baby. I have with my third. Holy freakin ouch!!! And mind you I had two other unmeds before her that ouweigh and measured her by pounds and inches. I disaprove of epis in general, but please don't knock her!!!

I don't watch TV, but many many years ago I saw a HB baby story, and it rocked! She was absolutely awesome, and made it look so easy in her sexy little baby doll nighty, with these really quiet little moans while the baby was crowing as she was walking back over towards the bed.
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Bear in mind with your criticism, that you haven't delivered an unmedicated posterior baby. I have with my third. Holy freakin ouch!!! And mind you I had two other unmeds before her that ouweigh and measured her by pounds and inches. I disaprove of epis in general, but please don't knock her!!!

I don't watch TV, but many many years ago I saw a HB baby story, and it rocked! She was absolutely awesome, and made it look so easy in her sexy little baby doll nighty, with these really quiet little moans while the baby was crowing as she was walking back over towards the bed.
I'm afraid you misunderstood my comments. I am not "knocking" the mother. I meant no criticism at all. *I* truly desire an unmedicated hb for my next baby. When I watch successful hbs on television, *I* am more reassured that *I* can be successful as well. When I see an episode with an epi or c-section, or bottle-feeding, or something that I don't envision for myself, I don't appreciate the value of that program for *me.* I prefer the programs with ncb, hb, bf, etc. because those programs more closely mirror the experience I want for myself.

And, btw, I don't remember mentioning in *this* thread anything about whether or not I have had an unmedicated posterior delivery. I'm happy for you that you were able to deliver a posterior baby unmedicated. I'm happy that the mother in the program was happy with her birth experience. I was disappointed that I didn't get to see another hb on television. But, as I mentioned above, I'm glad I got to see that episode, because it just makes my conviction to hb even stronger.
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I saw a successful hb on monday (5/1) - beautiful mom, she's Mrs Maryland, had her 3rd little girl and she did labor and give birth in the tub at home. I loved seeing it - we're planning a hb w/#3 this fall and I was thrilled to have seen this successful one on TV. Very inspiring!
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I'm pretty sure one of the transfer episodes you're talking about (not the one this thread was started about, but a previous one) was the midwife who delivered DS. It was a pretty big deal that she was filmed at all...

I think we'll end up using her for this baby, although I'm not sure at this point.

Anyway, I *LOVE* it when they show homebirths.

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Has anyone been watching all the homebirths TLC has been showing this week? DD and I have watched one every day since Monday! They always show one "normal" birth episode (ie at the hospital) then one homebirth episode. Out here on the west coast the episodes have been on at 2:00.

It's so cool to watch them with DD! Today we were saying to the tv "baby, come out!" and I was talking to her about the noises the mama was making, and how hard she was working to push her baby out. I am sure it's still WAY beyond DD's comprehension, but it's neat that she still seems so interested!

I hope they keep showing homebirths. They are so, so, so amazing to watch.
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I saw that A Baby Story was on on Monday, and on a whim, flipped to it. I was pleased and surprised to see them show a beautiful homebirth that was totally successful! It was portrayed really well, very matter-of-fact. I was shocked.

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"Bringing home baby" had a home, waterbirth today!

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"Bringing home baby" had a home, waterbirth today!
That puts a new spin on that show title! Push baby out and "Hey, you're home!"
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OMG I didn't know that all these homebirth episodes were on!! Is it a marathon... are they still showing them? I have to record these!! Holy crayap!

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I've noticed a lot of drug-free and HBs this week too. : It's good to see on ABS. Normally the show just raises my BP to insane levels.

The other day there was a mom on who had a hospital birth and she did great! She was chatting and laughing at 8cm! I was rooting for her. I even told my dh, look at this mom she's doing great!

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Ok I don't know what the deal is but every homebirth one I've watched has had something go wrong. I've watched 3! Yesterday they ended up in the hospital, today the mom gets sick and ends up calling 911!! I swear they tape tons of homebirth ones and pick the ones the shed bad light now homebirth. That show just pi$$es me off.
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Ok I don't know what the deal is but every homebirth one I've watched has had something go wrong. I've watched 3! Yesterday they ended up in the hospital, today the mom gets sick and ends up calling 911!! I swear they tape tons of homebirth ones and pick the ones the shed bad light now homebirth. That show just pi$$es me off.
That's interesting that you should say that because even though I have seen ones where something goes wrong, I have seen many more where it goes beautifully! It sounds like you're catching the "bad" ones

I was thinking of writing TLC a letter letting them know how much I appreciate that they are showing homebirths on this show.
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"Bringing home baby" had a home, waterbirth today!
Dang! I've been hoping for a homebirth on that show! Hope they repeat it!
One of the Baby Story episodeswith a HB that ends in transferis a MDC mama. The one withthe mom on th ephone to the hubby in Iraq was on today

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I'm so glad to hear that "Bring Home Baby" had a homebirth!!!! So far, the only episodes I've seen involved hospital births, bringing the baby home and immediately going to formula, or trying to breastfeed and not getting support and then they quit and switch to formula. I had to stop watching the show completely because it was just upsetting me... I was yelling at the TV - "CALL AN LLL LEADER!!!!!!!!"

They really need an episode of that show with an LLL leader coming over to the house and helping her out. Maybe more women would see that and realize they have that resource locally! How many millions of women would be able to breastfeed if they just realized that they had the LLL available for help... FREE help?

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*I* also had a straight OP baby as well as a OP brow and I can't imagine going in a car anywhere!!

But I do agree that I have never felt pain like the brow before!

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I saw one a while ago where the mama's husband was in Iraq and she had her baby at home surrounded by her daughter, mother and sisters. I thought it was super cool! She ended up getting transported to the hospital after the birth, for bleeding I think.

I LOVE seeing home births, and natural births in general, on Baby Story.
That one was on here recently. As soon as I heard how many poeple were going to be at the birth I knew instantly it would be a transport. That is alot of pressure and commotion. Too many people IMO.
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That one was on here recently. As soon as I heard how many poeple were going to be at the birth I knew instantly it would be a transport. That is alot of pressure and commotion. Too many people IMO.
Yeah, but at least she had the baby at home. She transported for post-partum hemoraging that wouldn't stop with the midwife's assistance. Most trasnpsorts that occur when lots of people are around occur during labor.

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The homebirth with the Dh in Iraq was on here yesterday. I often check to see what the episodes for the day are. We are planning a homebirth with this, our third child. My dds like watching "the baby show" and I feel like it's important for them to hear the sounds of labor and see what the baby looks like when it comes out.

That said, most of the episodes on here, send me through the roof. You know, the mom is uncomfortable at 38 weeks-so she's gonna go get her water broken-have pitocin-have an epidural-and that baby better be out of there in 10 hours or they're gonna do a section-type.

I try to use my ire in a constructive manner, and think that those episodes are a good example of what I don't want to have happen.

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