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I'm planning a home VBAC too, also close to a hospital.
I recommend learning tons about birth, not specifically because you are "high risk" (which I don't consider us to be--chance of rupture is still lower than the chance of other pregnancy complications that all births are subject to), but because I recently started educating myself on birth and now feel very confident about what I will or will not transfer for.
When a midwife says there is something worrisome, you won't have the data to judge for yourself whether it's worrisome and so will be more likely to transfer needlessly. If you learn about complications, then you can make a more informed decision and as a result . . .
. . . the chances are that if I transfer it will be for an emergency cesarean, in which case it doesn't matter whether the hospital is VBAC friendly!
I'm loving the unassisted childbirth forum for resources so I can learn about the natural process of birth as well as complications. The more I learn, the less scary it is!
As for hospital risks, my main concern would be that I would be unable to fight off every last intervention so that finally something seemingly innocuous would be done that would lead to unnecessary cesarean. Or just because it can be hard for the natural birth process to progress in a hospital setting. I'm sure you know about the risks to mother and baby associated with cesareans.
And infection, that too!
Diana, homebirthing, homeschooling, homemaking wife and mother of two (plus one more coming this Spring)!
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