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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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#1 of 249 Old 02-19-2002, 01:50 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just trying to get a sample here...
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My baby's head was flexed in the wrong direction (forehead first) and he hadn't turned yet (read-painful back labor) and my midwife said it was psychological that I didn't ever get the urge to push! She transferred me to a hospital where I got an emergency c-section. I'd do a homebirth again, but it's next to impossible to find people here in France who do them, and my midwife says I have to have a sucessful VBAC in a hospital or clinic first, then she'll consider an HBAC.
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His head was stuck after 2.5 hours of pushing and he came out limp. Revived after oxygen and apgars went up to 9s.

Also, my placenta almost wouldn't come out even after pitocin. Interestingly, the mw said the cord was ripped?!?

Would I do it again? Yes, probably.
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I ended up being transferred to hospital after 24hrs of labour and "failure to progress", actually it was more like a useless midwife that slept the whole time and didnt give me any advice on how to turn my posterior baby, ended up with a pit drip, epidural, episiotomy, a baby with a broken clavicle and a hematoma, that left him in the NICU for 4 days. Would I have a homebirth again??? YOU BETCHA, only this time with a competent midwife, hospitals, for me, are like hell on earth!!

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We did have a problem with our first child; it was a "lightening strike" event and would have happened no matter where we were - but we transferred to the hospital for the birth.

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!
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With my first, her little head got stuck while crowning. It wasn't a major problem but because of the position of the baby they couldn't get a good heart tone reading. The midwife was close to doing an episiodomy until my sister (my other midwife) found the heart tones and they were fine. It's not a good time for the baby to get stuck but they weren't worried as long as her heart rate was normal.

With number two, her shoulders got stuck on my pubic bone. (She has very wide shoulders.) It was a little scary for the midwives, I think. I wasn't that aware of it and they didn't say much, but worked hard to get her shoulder unstuck.

I hemorraged with both, not bad with the second, but lost a fair bit of blood with the first.

Overall, no major problems.
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We had an exciting homebirth. The midwives had been up the previous night and my labor stopped completely. I was about 6cm dilated when they left at 6am. I was napping that afternoon when I woke as my membranes exploded (well, that's what it felt like to me!) Contractions started 10 min. later, very very intense! Midwife jumped in car right away, but arrived about 5 min. after our precious Kelly Rose.

First birth was a hospital birth, which I'd never do again. Even though it was "natural," there were still way too many interventions. I didn't like the way the staff related to us either. AND, baby was taken from me and I didn't get to nurse for several hours after the birth. Kelly nursed before we even cut the cord! It made all the difference in the nursing experience - Joe nursed for 3 mos whereas Kelly is still going strong at 2 yrs.
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We had major problems with our planned homebirth -- lots of meconium in my waters throughout the entire labor, blood pressure getting into dangerous numbers, failure to progress at about 6 cms dilated, umbilical cord wrapped around dd's neck three times, her head turned in the wrong direction. We transported after about 12 hours of very difficult labor. Once we arrived at the hospital all hell broke loose -- apparently I had preeclampsia which had not been diagnosed by CPM, and I was headed for a seizure (liver and kidneys started to fail). Emergency c-section after 20 hours of labor. Still reeling from the grief of it all. However I must say that after being afraid of going to the hospital I actually had a decent experience there -- they didn't give us TOO much of a hard time for being "crazy home birthers," and they respected our wishes (no eye ointment, no vitamin K, rooming in, breastfeeding immediately, etc.). And the nurses were fabulous -- so helpful and attentive.
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We were actually in a birth center, but when my son was born in respiratory distress, we transferred to the hospital and he was in the NICU on a ventilator for 9 days. Two of the neonatologists treated us terribly. For my daughters birth, my hubby refused to do another out of hospital birth, so I compromised, did a lot of looking for the right providers, had an AWESOME doula, made a very detailed birthplan, and had a very pleasant hospital birth, with no interventions. We were home very soon after the birth. I hate hospitals and was very upset at feeling like I had no other option than to birth in the hospital, but in the end it worked out OK.
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Our home birth went pretty much as planned.

We rang the midwife (2 of them) just before we got into the pool. After the birth, they failed to secure the umbilical cord properly, and it remained damp.

2 days later, I had to take dd to the Dr. to have it dealt with. He was not pleased that such a poor job had been done.

It is worth having a MW or Doula that knows what they are doing.

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so what exactly did they not do that they should have done?

(considering an unassisted water birth)

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my baby stopped breathing.

She was a good dark purple before anyone noticed. She had been making funny breathing sounds and the (not quite a) midwife said that was normal. Then when we realized she had stopped breathing she paniced even though she new exactly what to do and the real midwife who we had called was very calm and reassuring that she just neded a little more suctioning. This is something that would have been avoided if someone with more experiance had been there. Other than that (and the fact that the real midwife wasn't actually there in the first place) it was smooth sailing

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After my planned homebirth I ended up in the hospitol after 3 long days of labor, not being able to eat or sleep.
I had been at 8 cm or so for a day and the babys head was turned at a funny angle. My midwife suggested the hospitol and I actually kinda felt relieved at her suggestion. After another 12 hours my baby was born. Thankfully the only interventions were a pitocin drip to get me to 10 cm and breaking of the waters.

After laboring at home and having the birth at the hospitol I definently want to try a homebirth again next time! No doubt in my mind.
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I experienced a post partum hemmorage following the birth of my daughter. Was treated with pitocin, methergine(sp?) and herbs. I needed a catheter to empty my bladder and the problem was resolved without me leaving my bed! All the details are in my birth story, which I just posted to this forum the other day(Isabella's Home Waterbirth).

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so what exactly did they not do that they should have done?
(considering an unassisted water birth)
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On the phone, we reminded them to bring suficient equipment for the cord, (gauze, peg, tape, whatever) in view of the fact that we wished to cut the umbilical cord near the placenta, well away from the baby, (which may well feel the cut), and thus had a long, hanging cord for a week or so. This can lead to problems if the cord gets wet from pee.

The sticky tape used was pathetic, (probably ok for the normal "close cut belly button jobs", but for the longer "flying appendage", not sufficient.

I wish I had made sure that I had oberved more closely with the first, just what to do.

We live and learn.

Hope this helps

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We had baby problems with first home birth. Baby had stridor and needed to transfer to the hospital. He stayed there for 14 days. It was so nice to finally have him home!

This was a congenital problem, had nothing to do with the birth.

I had five homebirths after that one, all of which went without any big problems.
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I suppose that if I had birthed in a hospital, red flags would have been flying. I was fully dialated after 5 hours of labor and could not push the baby out no matter what I did. I was fine. The baby was fine. I just could not get him out. 12 hours later he was born. Glad the midwife and I had patience. He was well worth the wait.

Oh, in case anyone is wondering -- my labor was pretty much pain-free. I had 1 and 1/2 hours of OWWWW! So, patience was quite easy to muster in those remaining 12 hours.

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by karenpl
[B]We had baby problems with first home birth. Baby had stridor and needed to transfer to the hospital.

What is stridor? Haven't run across that one in my reading yet!

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Stridor is a very noisy breathing. Different from wheezing though. In the case of my first baby, it was caused by laryngomalacia, a 'floppy' larynx. More than you ever wanted to know about stridor can be found at http://www.childsdoc.org/spring98/stridor/stridor.asp
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i had high bp which didn't go down no matter what we did through the last trimester. we were carefully monitored by an expert midwife so we were able to stay home. good thing cuz at my age (44) i'd be under pressure for unwanted intervention.
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No problems, except baby was faster than our (human) midwife, and faster than our water pressure. Our planned home water birth with a midwife, became an unassisted land homebirth!
I'm really happy about it, though. It was very cool to have my dh catch and dd to cut the cord. Oh, and my mom actually boiled water!
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My first homebirth (baby #4), I had a retained clot which is OW! also kept my uterus from clamping down efficiently, so I was bleeding. I expressed several clots myself, and the midwife offered to continue to watch and wait, but I asked for the methergine. she gave a me a shot and my uterus clamped down, spitting out several more clots and end of the problem. I was glad I chose to go that way as I was starting to feel yucky and shocky. I asked for an IV too which made me feel so much better after the sudden blood loss. These are all things that probably could have been handled with herbs and fluids, but the traditional medical option in this case was a quicker route to stopping the problem and feeling better IMO, and I opted for them (at home). BTW - my midwife in that case normally gives herbs after delivery to head off problems, but in her panic to get to me (I birth quickly and she got to my house as I was pushing), left them in her other car.

My second homebirth, no problems, except that I delivered before the midwife got there! Different midwife, different country. She got there about 10 minutes after I delivered, cut her cord b/c it was short, did give me some herbs and all was well.
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My daughter was a planned homebirth attended by 2 certified nurse midwives. The pregnancy and delivery were perfectly normal until my water broke, which occured right at the pushing stage. There was a lot of meconium in the water and the midwives would have liked to transfer me to hospital, however my daughter was already crowning so there wasn't time. She was born breatjing (or trying to) but blue. The midwives had oxygen on her before her APGAR's were even done, and half an hour later she was admitted to the local hospital where the pediatritian had met us. Turned out she had severe meconium aspiration, her lungs were very full and she could not get enough oxygen into her bloodstream, even in an oaygen tent. The closest University hospital was called to come and transfer her after a few hours. She was placed on a respirator before the left, and by the time she arrived she was needing even more intervention. By the next day she was on a hert/lung bypass machine called ECMO and getting better. She spent 6 days on ECMO, 7 days on a respirator, and 3 weeks in the hospital. Her problems had nothing to do with the homebirth, and had she been in the hospital I don't think anything would have been different. Actually, I think the fact that we were able to spend a few minutes with her bonding before she went through all this was beneficial to her, and us.
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I chose "Yes, problem with mom for which we went to seek medical help" but actually there was no real problem other than being nearly 3 weeks past due. Everyone was getting a little anxious, even my midwives. So after careful consideration I chose to be induced by the only doctor I trusted in my medical practice, rather than wait it out. My midwives served as my doulas.

Next time I'll wait for the homebirth.

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I checked "Problem with baby, but resolved at home".

DD was a planned HB with two CNMs. The problem was simply that she was my first and was 9#. She had mild shoulder dystocia (which I was told by an OB could kill her if we weren't at the hospital when I delivered) which was handled efficiently and expertly by my CNM. She also had her cord wrapped around her neck and it was trapped between her shoulder and the birth canal, which meant she wasn't getting any oxygen after her head was born. Too tight to breathe and none coming through to her via the cord. The cord was cut at that time and I was told to push as hard as I could to get her out. She was born moments later and was placed on my chest once she had been suctioned and checked out (less than a minute).

I honestly feel that I would have had a traumatic hospital birth. The OBs and MWs at the practice (that I later left) were highly interventionist and almost panicky when things didn't move in a textbook fashion. I can't see them handling this situation with the calm and aplomb of my MW.

I'm now PG with #2 and can't imagine giving birth anywhere else.
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We had a wonderful homebirth of our twin daughters! None of us required medical attention and all went smoothly.

The only thing that happened is that one of the people attending the births accidently knocked the hose loose to the birthing tub and didn't notice. My bathroom and hallway were flooded with water!
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My DD got a little hung up at the shoulders coming out, which the midwives handled very well. She had APGARs of 6 and 8, but nothing that didn't resolve within minutes. I, on the other hand, had a very weird third-degree tear (owing to her position and some forceful pushing) and my uterus was not contracting well after I birthed the placenta. My midwives asked if I wanted a shot of Pit, which I agreed to, and then we transferred to the hospital to get stitched up. At the hospital they massaged out tons of huge clots while stitching me -- even with the Pit, my uterus just didn't want to contract well by itself (and DD had not nursed well yet which was probably part of it). The hospital did not know I'd been given Pit, and did not offer to give me any. So I lost a fair amount of blood and was pretty shaky for a few days. I think it all could have been managed well at home though except for the stitching, which was beyond my midwives' abilities (and thankfully they recognized that).
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I transferred to the hospital after about 24 hours of very hard labor and 3 1/2 hours of very hard pushing in every imaginable position. The little guy was stuck in my pelvis and wasn't budging and I was exhausted. I was relieved to go to the hospital at that point, and they treated us very, very well. Luckily, the car ride did the trick and Jack was delivered without intervention about an hour and a half after we arrived. I was actually disappointed that they wouldn't use the vacuum extractor, though - I remember thinking we had a deal of sorts; I go to the hospital, they get this baby out of me! I actually told the very nice doctor that I was done, I wasn't doing any more. But, of course I did more and I pushed Jackson out myself and I'm really proud of that. If it happened again, I might opt for a 30 minute car ride and then back home to do more pushing, but I didn't know...

After the birth, I hemorraged quite a bit. I got IV pitocin and a shot of something (hemo-something??). I got a bit woozy from the blood loss, and the midwives told me they would have wanted me to go to the hospital if we weren't already there.
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Like Dashsmom, I was 3 weeks overdue and was to have a homebirth. I think I could have waited forever (and we tried *everything* to get labor started) - but in our state if the baby is a certain number of days past due, the MW's legally have to turn us over to drs. Ugh. I had a biophysical profile (an ultrasound where they test the baby for movements, heart rate, amniotic fluid) and he got a low score (which I think was only because he was sleeping!).

Anyway, after many tears and tough decisions, we ended up in the hospital to be induced. My midwives were able to attend, I had pitocin and fetal monitoring, but was able to use a CNM at the hospital, not a dr, and they were mostly cool about letting me labor wherever I wanted.

Unfortunately I had to push laying down, but he came out after 3 hours of pushing, with his cord wrapped around his neck twice and body once, and his hand in a fist next to his head. He was shocky and the hospital staff freaked out dh because he thought he wasn't going to make it (meanwhile, the midwives are looking after me and saying "he's just fine", which he was).

Sad I didn't get to nurse and hold him right away, but got to soon after! 9 # 1 oz 22 inch little bugger!

Amazingly, I used no drugs with pitocin, which is completely unheard of - it was EXTREMELY PAINFUL and I told them I wanted to die many times, but I was ignorant and thought this is what birth was like! I am now a goddess to many people!

I want another homebirth - but this traumatized dh so much he wants us to adopt so he doesn't have to see me go through any sort of pain!
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I honestly feel that I would have had a traumatic hospital birth. The OBs and MWs at the practice (that I later left) were highly interventionist and almost panicky when things didn't move in a textbook fashion. I can't see them handling this situation with the calm and aplomb of my MW.
If your experience was anything like mine, you would have. With my last we planned an unassisted homebirth but ended up going to the hospital. For weeks I was worried about 3 things,
#1 Meconium
#2 Baby getting stuck
#3 Hemorrhage

When my water broke there was very thick meconium and my husband and I talked about it and decided that was a sign for us to go in with all the feelings I had been having. I should also add that my midwives thought I had pre-eclampsia, but I disagree. LOL Anyway, we went to the hospital and of course they gave me hell for not doing things their way, even the things that the midwives assured me that were not routine (ya right!). Fast forward to pushing... after I finally got his head out he got stuck. The midwife freaked (IMO) and jumped on the bed and started yelling for an OB. Yelling for the OB scared me more than what was going on. :LOL I had nurses pulling my legs up to my ears, the midwife on the bed, and someone, I don't even remember who, pushing on my stomach, and my husband telling me to push. I kept thinking, why don't they try the Gaskin maneuver, or, just wait till my next contraction so I could push him out. That's when he finally popped lose. On my next big contraction I pushed as hard as I could and he came out. Thank God the OB never got there in time. I know what they may have done and that would have been worse. I did end up hemorrhaging too. All three of my worries came true.

If I had it to do all over again? I would have birthed at home with a midwife..... with all 4 of my children.
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