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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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Old 10-08-2006, 04:03 PM
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I voted that we had no problems. Overall my son's birth went very well. I had high blood pressure but no toxemia or pre-eclampsia so my mws let me continue at home. Ds presented with his hand alongside his head but that didn't really cause any issues. The only minor issue was toward the end of my pushing phase my midwives got very concerned about ds' heartrate so they really encouraged my to push him out as soon as possible. He was born a little blue and required quite a bit of mucous suctioning but he was absolutely fine. I shudder to think what this birth would have been like in the hospital...
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My last 5 babies were born at home.
One shoulder dystocia. Broken clavicle.
I wanted to mention a few things about shoulder dystocia. A shoulder dystocia can not be diagnosed until the head is out. A doctor can't perform a c-sec specifically for shoulder dystocia because they don't know if the shoulders would have gotten stuck or not.
It isn't necessarily that a doctor or midwife breaks the clavicle, it is entirely possible for the clavicle to break on it's own. If the clavicle IS broken by the attendent, it is usually for good reason, and definitely preferable to the alternative of losing the baby.
My heart goes out to mamas who have had not good outcomes to due imcompetent birth attendants.

Even with the shoulder dystocia we had, I still feel that my births were without complication. I see it more as a variation on normal, within the range of normal. Three of my babies have had nuchal cords (around their necks), but that is also normal. We are expecting #9 in April.
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I had a completely normal, very quick (2 hours or so!!) homebirth!

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I voted No Problems.

Both my dd and ds were born at home with no problems at all.
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I voted no problems and then realized that in a hospital my birth would have been considered a problem and I probably would have been sectioned.

DD was malpositioned. 33 hour labor followed by extremely fast birth once she got into a better position (ultimately with some manual help from my midwife--ouch!).

But there wasn't a choice for "no, no problems--but would have been in a hosp."

(Btw, no disrespect intended to mamas who did have sections due to malpositioning: DD had no decels or any other signs of distress. I understand that often the outcome is a section due to fetal distress inthese cases.)
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I voted NO.
A few things happened that I didn't expect, but my midwife was prepared and competent and handled the "problems" beautifully.
1. I bled a bit too much after my first home birth. I did not tear or hemmorage or anything, but had some "skid marks" from the enormous child I'd delivered. MW got me filled with protein and fluid and had me take supplements to regain my energy.
2. HB #2 was delivered with me on hands & knees, so her lungs didn't clear out properly. MW managed to suck fluid out of her and she was fine.
3. After hb2, it took a LONG time for the placenta to deliver. MW said it was because my labour was fast. Contractions stopped for about an hour. Once dd started nursing strongly, placenta came out.

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I voted Problem with Baby, for which we needed LOTS of medical attention.

First of all, the doula NEVER answered her phone and NEVER showed up and NEVER returned my calls from that night, so I labored to full dilation completely alone, and when my sister and the midwife showed up, I was ready to push.

My midwives let me have a 4-5 hour pushing phase, which is unheard of in hospital births. At the time, I didn't realize anything was wrong, because they were so positive ("you're a rockstar!" "you're doing great!") AND because I had absolutely no concept of time (funny how being completely in-the-moment erases all sense of the earth's movement around the sun).

That said, my baby was purple and not breathing when he came out. He needed resuscitation then and an hour after he was born, when he stopped breathing again.

The midwives advised that I try to pee an hour after birth, and I couldn't. They put a catheter in me and drained 1/2 gallon - their faces definitely showed that they hadn't cared for me properly. A 1/2 gallon distended bladder helped cause that long pushing phase. . .

The midwives, 4 hours after the birth, thought that DS was stable enough to leave.

DS had seizures for 2 days before we realized that anything was wrong. My mother mentioned that she thought she'd seen seizures when the midwife came back for a next day follow up, but the midwife said it was nothing to worry about, although she did call later on that day to recommend a visit with the pediatrician.

Well, after the visit with the pediatrician, who said that the child had never taken a full breath, I'm riding in an ambulance with a baby breathing only through a ventilator tube and we're in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit - my vocabulary has definitely grown from this experience) for 13 days. He had a spinal tap, MRI, barbituates, and all kinds of things I never anticipated. I hadn't even wanted him to have the antibiotics in his eyes at birth.

DS suffered neurological damage (we're all - pediatrician, neurologists, and ourselves - hopeful that it's only physical) due to ischemia - lack of oxygen to the brain.
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I voted no problems. Because there weren't any! I can't really think of anything that even caused a blip of concern. I am hoping and praying that this birth is so smooth!

Now my 1st birth, in the hospital...... Don't ask.:

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DS suffered neurological damage (we're all - pediatrician, neurologists, and ourselves - hopeful that it's only physical) due to ischemia - lack of oxygen to the brain.
Rag & Bone Gal, I'm so sorry to hear about the birth experience you had with your ds. Unfortunately, just as there are dr's who shouldn't be practising, there are midwives just the same.

Lighting a candle for you and your ds.
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DD had a tight cord around her neck- which I did not notice when I delivered her and pulled her up from out of the water before undoing it. DH got it off and she was fine after 5 minutes of warm towels and rubbing.
She had an apgar of 2 at 1 minute.

I would not birth any other way.
In a hospital dd would have been taken from me- put on a "warming table" and poked and prodded for who knows how long by whom? Instead she was spoken to with love and gentle touch by her mother and father. She would have fared MUCH worse had we been in a hospital- not to mention how traumatic that would have been for us.
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I voted "no problems", but my first was a 56 hour labor in which I did not begin to dilate at all until 50 hours into the labor, which I guess some might consider a problematic or abnormal labor?
I think that this is a good question, there are many things that someone would not necessarly think are "problems" - long prodromal labor could be one- sometimes licensing laws are set in many places so that midwives must transfer even in cases where there is no problem- because the length of labor is defined- sometimes you could call it all prodromal and ignore it as a provider until certain signs of "active" labor are evident or if you have PROM it is fairly hard to wiggle out of , cord wrap is another non-issue,

complications of both mom and baby overlap in this poll so a mother and baby could have had a "complication" during the same birth-
how does this compare to the CPM study?
I wrote no complication-- I had some tearing with my first homebirth that I could have transfered to have stitched but didn't I did not consider this to be a complication was it?
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No problems whatsoever with baby!! I had a wonderful homebirth and baby was perfect. Unfortunately, I had a retained placenta (although I think this could have been avoided and could have happened differently ). Midwife decided to send me in because of blood loss. I was fine. I am having my second homebirth this month (any day now!!!)

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I bled... and bled and bled and bled and bled...the midwives stopped it eventually (the lochia lasted 2.5 mos) passed out when I tried to get up to pee but everything worked out in the end.
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I was really tired during the labor due to an illness.Had a hard time staying upright to birth,but eventually mustered up enough strength since birthing on the bed was getting me nowhere except more tired.I passed out
(after birthing) after the MW left(this was my 2nd birth/first UC)in the bathroom,and was tired/weak for a few days afterwards. No biggies.
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We transferred to the hospital when the baby's heartrate dropped. By the time we got there, the heartrate was completely back to normal and we had a wonderful birth with no interventions or meds. In retrospect, I think her heartrate may have dropped because of my subconcious fears about having her at home...

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All my hb's were problem free for both me and my babies and were brilliant
i was sick after my ds but thats all nothing major.

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I just had an awesome homebirth with no problems whatsoever!

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We had mild shoulder dystocia which was managed very well by my midwife team. 2nd child, 1st homebirth. It was still an outstanding experience. My third child's birth didn't have any problems.


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We transferred because of a cervical lip that wouldn't go away, and because a cyst appeared that my midwife worried might be a blood vessel threatening to burst. The cyst was harmless, the cervical lip retreated after 2 drops of pitocin, and the transfer went fairly smoothly. Vaginal birth no painkillers.

I'm tremendously thankful we started at home, because otherwise labor would have been a hundred times worse. It is a homebirth transfer success story.
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Old 11-21-2006, 01:26 AM
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I just gave birth on Monday afternoon to my second child, a little girl. My son was born at home after 36 hours of labor. We planned a homebirth for our daughter also but transported to the hospital the last hour before she was born. My cervix was going back and forth between 5 and 9 cm. At 9 with a slight lip I wanted to push and my cervix swelled up as it went back down to 5 while I was pushing. After several hours of trying different things and also finding that her head was either transverse or military and I was extremely exhausted, I decided to transport. Midwife left the decision to me. She would have given me more time at home had I wanted to. I had a hard time not pushing while we were going there but I was still not dialated past 5 or 6. When I got to the hospital they gave me fentonol (sp?) to help me stop from wanting to push.

I am curious is anyone else has experience with premature pushing urges. We hope to have more children and I would like to know what kinds of things could help if I have this problem again. While we did have a postive transport/hospital experience, I prefer homebirth.
It's a relief to finally see that someone went through the same thing I did. I had "cervical edema" and the midwife didn't want me to keep pushing and risk rupturing my cervix. I had to control the "urge to push" (which my body was doing automatically every 30 seconds) for 12 hours. My midwife told me that even if I was able to fully dilate, I was going to be way too tired. We ended up transferring after about an hour of my DH and I going back and forth about it. I wanted to stay and keep trying, but he and the midwife really thought it would be best to go to the hospital and get something to help stop the urge to push so that I could get some rest.

We ended up transferring and I got an intrathecal which did help me a LITTLE. The doctor tried her damndest to get me into the operating room for a C/S, but I fought with everything in me and told them to give me a couple of more hours. Long story short.....I ended up fully dilating and giving birth naturally to my beautiful DS. I'm due in 6 days and soooo afraid of another transfer, but I know in my heart of hearts that this birth is going to be different. I look at it as "my cervix is well trained this time around"

And yes, I do feel like I had a premature urge to push when I was at home. I'm hoping this time around to be more in tune with my body and to know if it really IS time to push.
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No problems. It was a wonderful experience.
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i voted problems with baby...

i knew it was uncommon but i am still surprised no one else had this. She had a prolapsed cord and we had to transfer via ambulance for an emergency section.

it would have happened that way no matter where we were...i'm glad i got to labor at home though.

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maternal exhaustion after over 24 hours of active labor, hospital transfer for epidural, vbac 13 hours later.
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Wow, I'm glad I didn't read this thread before I had my homebirth.

I had a fabulous homebirth with no problems. My labor was fast, nearly pain-free and my daughter was born with a total of two pushes.

I had two previous "natural" hospital births, so I didn't have any childbrith related fear issues to deal with. I also didn't have any issues relating to previous complications. To be honest, I was much more afraid of the hospital than I was of a homebirth. I really hate hospitals!

I didn't read through all the pages on this thread, but I wanted to offer my congratulations to every woman here who attempted a homebirth, including those who ended up birthing elsewhere. It's great when life happens the way we plan it, but that's not always the nature of life, is it? I especially admire women who have the courage to attempt a HBAC.
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My two homebirth were fast and went well. No problems during labour, but ds did come out blue and took a while to breathe (cyanosis) but he recovred quickly thanks to my experienced midwife.
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bumping for the FIVE year anniversary of this poll. this is a great sample size to show that homebirth is a safe choice. how wonderful!

thanks to everyone who has answered the last few years. :
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Second baby was planned to be at the hospital because of the first baby - I should have just stayed home, as he was born 10 minutes after we got there and he was just fine. He was almost born in the car, which I think is even less pleasant than a hospital birth!
I was born in the car in the parking lot of the hospital. Needless to say that after planning a HB and then being told to transfer by the midwife and then not making it to the hospital my parents were disappointed. Also they were more than a little amused when they recieved a bill from the hospital for a "delivery room charge"

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I voted that I had problems and transferred to the hospital. That said, I do NOT even slightly regret trying to homebirth.

My problems were:

3 long days of prodormal labor and no sleep.
A cervical lip that my midwife was unable to help me resolve.
A strong, irresistable urge to push at only 7.5 centimeters dialation.

I went to the hospital. They gave me Nubain which did nothing whatsoever, then they did a spinal block. I went completely numb from my waist down and the pushing urge stopped. I dialated shortly thereafter but no longer had an urge to push. The OB decided to "help" with the vacuum extractor. My son's shoulders were a bit stuck but he was born in good condition.
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I was in labor for 51 hours. Way longer than I had thought. DD's head was not quite in the right position, but she moved and the birth was fine.

I had a retained placenta (and a PPH) that my midwife needed to help come out. Not pleasant but everything was OK. I was very weak for a week or so but I did fine. No infections.

I am home birthing again with the same midwife even though we are now out of state.

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No problems...we had a great experience!

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