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View Poll Results: Did You Have Unexpected Problems with Homebirth?
yes, a problem with baby, but we managed the birth at home anyway 46 5.92%
yes, a problem with baby, for which we went to seek medical help 54 6.95%
yes, a problem with mom, but we managed birth at home anyway 71 9.14%
yes, problem with mom, for which we went to seek medical help. 73 9.40%
no, no problems with baby or with mom. 533 68.60%
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#61 of 249 Old 12-16-2002, 03:52 PM
 
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Congratulations on a triumphant birth!
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Thanks for the birth story Joy!
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With my first baby she was 2 days past "due date" everything was fine till right at the end when the midwife noticed d-cells in the heart beat, had me push like crazy till her head was out so they could get the cord unwrapped from her neck, twice it was wound. From pushing so hard I got a really bad tear that required going to the hospital to get stiches, did lose a fair amount of blood from the tear. Midwives handled everything beautifully! Apgar scores where 9's I was able after going to get stiched to go to a store and get maple bars.
Second baby was 2 weeks late and the placentia showed signs of age. Anyway there was mercoium(sp?) staining and she did need cleaning out. Again the midwives noticed the d-cells so they knew it was mercoium asperation although it didnt cause any problems being her apgars score was 10's. I did rip just but it was small enought to heal on it own.
I'm so gratefull to have had my babies at home who knows what I would have been put tru at a hospital because of those "problems". I did notice a differance from the first to second births as I lost alot of blood with the first and not with the second, the second I just felt MUCH better.
I am sooo thankfull for good midwives.
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Thank you for your powerful birth story! We're looking forward to our upcoming home water birth and this thread has been a wonderful resource!
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With both my homebirths I shoulder dystocia which would have been a serious complication had I been in the hospital. At home however, it really isn't that big a deal. With my first homebirth, midwife attended, the assistant midwife did the Gaskin Maneuver, ie had me on hands and knees and eased the baby out over the pelvis with her finger.

With my UC, third child, he also got stuck, but it was just me and DH there. I knew what to do, again got on hands and knees when that didn't free him, DH, who has no medical training, and didn't even read the copy of Emergency Childbirth I left on his desk for six months, was very easily able to free DS and assist him to be born.

Oh, no tears only skid marks with both babies. My DD (first homebirth) presented with a nuchal arm too.

Had I been in the hospital for sure I would have been cut or even had the babies pushed back in and given a c-sec. OBs have no idea about the gentle management of shoulder dystocia and have never heard of the Gaskin Maneuver.

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Had I been in the hospital for sure I would have been cut or even had the babies pushed back in and given a c-sec. OBs have no idea about the gentle management of shoulder dystocia and have never heard of the Gaskin Maneuver.

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This happened to a girl at church. The nurse didn't believe she was ready to push, then they realized the baby was stuck (she previously had given birth to a dd vaginally). Her MIL (our pastor's wife) ended up running next to the gurney down the hall with her holding the baby in for her c/s. Too bad they didn't try the Gaskin manuever, but then again that hospital seems to prefer that you deliver in the lithomy position. : Her recovery would have been much better after giving birth on her hands and knees than the horrid c/s.
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Well, I'm sure lots of you have already read about my story, and I don't want to type the whole story again, but to put it in a nutshell:
My homebirth would have been much less frightening if the midwife was assisting me in labor, rather than leaving me alone in labor to go have a supposedly quick dinner which ended up lasting for an hour and 45 minutes,: while my husband delivered the baby....she showed up 5 minutes after the delivery(with her boyfriend, who had to chase her dog which she let loose,in my yard, knowing that he doesn't like cats and the neighborhood is full of them, and poor dh had to help catch him), and I never got my Strep B shot. Luckily the baby and I were and are fine.
I would do a homebirth again if I planned to have more kids, but DEFINITELY not with her!!!
She is the reason it is so hard for midwives to have a good rep...To all the GOOD midwives out there keep up the good work!!
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Both the baby and I had troubles...

the whole story is in the birth announcements section...a quick recap:
I induced with castor oil after my water "broke" (apparently a pocket leaked), intense labor with little progress, manual dilation, midwife rebroke waters, uncontrollable urge to push at 9 cm, baby crowned then stopped (we think it was a short cord with possibly some entanglement), pushed/pulled (tried the Gaskin maneuver, no luck), cord broke, baby out with a one min APGAR of 1, O2, suction and stimulation, she came around nicely (APGARS 3min 6, 5 min 8, 10 min 10).

My placenta was removed manually by the midwife

I was so grateful to be at home...I would have been a cs for sure, plus they would have taken the baby from me for "observation" in the NICU! If we have another, we'll do it at home again.

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I have had complications with both of mine. Here are some stories: http://www.cuddlebaby.com/childbirth.html Mine are James and Hannah.

I still remained at home both times but Hannah's was especially scary for the attendants (my mom and my husband and sister). I am due Feb 7th and will be birthing this one at the hospital with a CNM. I'd rather go unassisted, but unfortunately I don't seem to be one who births easily

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Everything went fine the first time. The second time, my ds had me pushing before everyone was ready so my midwife had only one glove on, but we were both fine!
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Dear Mdc:

I dont know what you mean by "problems" or 'unforeseen".

There were problems at all 4 of my births that were handed by my competent midwife and by me b/c I was healthy enough and determined enough to go through w/ it.

Every birth is different. You screen out any potential problems and hope for the best.
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Dear MDC:

Look at all of the unknown problems that cropped up on this thread!

I suppose that is why hospitals practice such defensive medicine!
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But would so many problems have occured in different circumstances (i.e. with less interference)?

Hospitals (or rather, those that work at them ) practice defensive medicine (or offensive medicine, depending on how you look at it) because they have no idea how to facilitate normal birth. All they know how to do is "fix" problems, so that's what they do (even when there isn't really a problem to be fixed.)
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resurrecting a dead poll!
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Glad you resurrected it because I'd never seen it before! What an interesting thread! It's really rather enlightening. Thank-you to all who replied, eventhough its old

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Fully half of my homebirth midwife's clients are Mennonites, who are probably not responding to this poll. But their experiences often are included in national reports and statistics about homebirth.
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I had some high blood pressure, but it never went above my MW's cutoff point and my labor was short (DS was born 1 hour after the MW arrived so we never even had time to check my bp) so I was able to stay at home.
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I'll be back to vote in a couple of weeks. LOL

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Well, besides this being old I think I ignored it because I had a wonderful and uncomplicated homebirth which is what I voted for. I had an extremly small tear, nothing worth being concerned about. I don't even consider it a problem really.

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With my 1st birth there were no problems with me or baby (his cord was wrapped around him a few times and he was really blue and it took him a minute to come around but I didn't consider it a problem).

My 2nd birth was twins born super fast. The 2nd baby got stuck a little, but came right out when I got on my hands and knees. I hemoraged about 6 hours after the birth pretty bad. I ended up with an IV at home and really considered a transfusion, but ended up not doing it because I didn't want to take the babies out. I also passed out the first time I tried to get up.

Anyway, I voted yes, a problem with mom, but we managed birth at home anyway
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I found this thread very interesting on so many level. Firstly it reinforces the limits of statistical data. Secondly the qualitative stuff is so interesting. It takes the mystery out the notion of complications. It shows the art of assisting women in birth and help educates them.
I choice ´mom with complications but managed at home´because I was a hbac and was diagnosed with GD.
I considered VBAC for me a risk small and would have been more risky to have a hospital birth. My first was a birth center very quick and easy and my second was a c-section for suspected fetal distress (he was fine).
During my pregnancy with my planned homebirth I was diagnosised with GD. I had the test when I was 8 months pregnant less than a week after buring my father (in another country, traveling long distance, unespected event..)
So the test was done under duress. I did a lot of ready more deeply into GD and considered a condition under suspect...
I was attended by and MD (strange for me). He was super understanding and rational and said that he had doubts about the results and wanted to repeat them I declined but would do fingersticks (more for me than him). All normal, rest of my pregnancy without a hitch. This decision was helped alot from the reviewing MDC site on this subject and others similar sites and references.
My daughter was born at home with a doula, my husband, our eldest daughter, our baby sitter with our other son, homebirthing friend and me of course. It was splendid. These issues were seen in the larger context, of me, my body, the view of childbirth by my provider they were not seen so much as complications by slight devations from normal.
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I think one of the reasons you're not getting as many replies from those who've had uncomplicated births is because of the title of the thread... "did you have unexpected problems with homebirth". Those who did not have unexpected problems may just blow past this thread.

I am one of the homebirthers who had NO complications whatsoever. I nearly blew past this thread myself.
I agree, the wording of the question makes a big difference. It's important to try to keep survey questions neutral. Like, "What was the result of your planned homebirth?"

Also, some of the posters have had more than 1 homebirth. Their replies talk about the one with problems, since that was what the question asked. So, when they took the poll, did they vote once for each homebirth? Or, did they just vote once and check one of the "problems" boxes because one of their homebirths did have a problem? That would skew results.

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I voted "problem w/ mom but managed at home anyway"

I had cervical stenosis (scar tissue on the cervix) from having cryosurgery for cervical dysplasia (which I really didn't need, but the Dr.s scared me into when I was 19, but that's a long drawn out issue itself).

My cervix wouldn't dilate normally- so when my uterus was functioning like I was in transition I was still only at 5-6 cm. my midwife manually broke up some of the scar tissue (ouch) and then told me that since I was 100% effaced and 8cm that I could push the baby past the cervix I had left which would break up the rest of the scar tissue. It was incredibly hard (I had been having 1-2 minute long intense contractions coming 1-2 minutes apart and sometimes one on top another for about 3 hours) but I did it. We talked about transporting a little but decided to see if I could just push him out and resolve it at home. I'm glad my boyfriend and my midwife gave me the encouragement to do so.

ds also had his cord wrapped 3 times around his neck, but was fine- Apgars of 9 and 10.

We both ended up fine and happy at home.

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Hmm we had interesting issues with each birth. After my first I was loosing a lot of blood and my midwife asked to give a pit. shot, and I accepted (DD was already nursing, too).

My second did not want to engage fully and my midwife did a check to find out what was going on...He was presenting with a hand by his face and in an excruciatingly painful manuever, my midwife got him to pull back that little hand and he dove through my birth canal and out into the world within minutes. He was also a little slow to start.

My third did the same funny engagement thing as my second, I think it may be the way my babies sit inside of me? This time my midwife realized what was going on and did the same painful check. He engaged and I went 6-7-8-9-10 right away. He was born a little slower and more controlled though (also a water birth). He had some light meconium staining but nothing major. Bad skin irritation from it though, so he got a calendula bath at home and that cleared up.

I'd say we had perfect births but they each had their unique aspects. The bleeding was the worst and I've tried to be proactive to make sure that that didn't repeat.

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I voted no problems. We were an unplanned homebirth. We were supposed to go to the hospital. Then all hell broke loose as the mws arrived to check me before we headed up to the hospital
Totally totally unprepared for his arrival on our floor. Carpet was destroyed.
He had a first apgar of 10. Coudn't have been more perfect and healthy.

We were planning to hb this one too but there are concerns about the placenta position so we're planning for hospital this time through... still a slim chance of home but I'm trying to focus on just a healthy safe birth for us both.
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I had 3 uneventful home births, from a medical standpoint. 3 healthy babies, and a healthy me all 3 times.

After my 3rd birth (1st UC) we went to the hospital "just to get checked out" because of the fears of other adults in the house. That turned into a week-long NICU nightmare (for NO valid medical reason) and several months of CPS observation.

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I do not know what you mean by problems...

In the hospital, most posterior lies are delivered surgically because they take longer and are more painful.

At home this is something that the mother is supported emotionally and physically and not considered a problem.

At the hospital, a cord around the neck is a major problem; usually because the mother has been given pain meds and the baby is getting a good dose of them, so time is of the essence.

At home, this is not a problem, simply a complication that is simply dealt with.

At the hospital, shoulder dystocia is a major emergency.

At home, shoulder dystocia is a time pinch problem.

I think that it is hard to distinguish between the way something is viewed at home and the way the same thing is viewed under the auspices of a surgeon with knife in hand.

E.G., I had posterior labor with my first two babies; shoulder dystocia with my first baby and the second had a deflexed head. Both were long, very painful labors, but I got through them without needing even a stitch. Recovery was easy. Bf was uneventful...

Medically, I had unremarkable labor both times with excellent support for a natural birth.

Did I have problems? Yes, but they were inconsequential.

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With my first baby / homebirth, there were no complications of labor, but the homebirth midwife intervened in a way that was against my mind, my body, and my decisions and harmed me physically & emotionally. I have physical issues that are probably permanent and am in recovery from PTSD / birthrape. I was not hospitalized.

With my second baby / homebirth there were no complications of labor. My baby required light resuscitation which I handled myself, and am proud to say I birthed an 11 pound baby in safety and peace, easily with no "pushing" and with a tiny skin split down my scar line.
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