I'm counseling a first-time mama. She desperately wants and needs a homebirth (for health reasons- she has multiple chemical sensitivity). She is 36-1/2 weeks. Her amniotic fluid started leaking Sunday night, then she had mild contractions 3-5 minutes apart. Then, she stopped leaking and the contractions stopped.
On Tuesday, she had an ultrasound and everything looks fine; the amniotic fluid seems to be replenishing. She has no signs of infection, but she has begun to take antibiotics (erythromyacin) to prevent a potential infection, even though the antibiotics make her sick in other ways.
Her HB midwives and her doctor (a family practitioner) have agreed that for legal reasons, she should immediately go to the hospital for an induction (Pitocin, probably), which could lead to a C-section. But, for health reasons, just being at the hospital (all the toxic chemicals) could make her really sick in and of itself. She really needs to stay at home.
So: what do you think?
Is she healthy and she can stay at home and continue in her pregnancy, despite some mild contractions (Braxton-Hicks?). Or, should she be induced immediately at the hospital? Or, could she continue in her pregnancy with frequent ultrasounds to monitor the amniotic fluid in her uterus? Should she continue methods of induction at home (Moxi, acupuncture, blue cohosh: she tried these on Monday/Tuesday, and they didn't help).
Does any research support the idea that she could loose a 2-4 cups of amniotic fluid and then have the water bag re-seal for a healthy pregnancy that would continue to term?
Proud Mommy to Ursula (12/01) and Anika (12/03) and DC (due 06/05) The right of women to gestate and breastfeed their babies toxic free is the greatest human rights issue of the millennium.