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#1 of 3 Old 09-19-2013, 11:10 AM - Thread Starter
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There were no complications, none for me, none for the baby and my pregnancy had been equally uneventful. But this experience is the scariest thing that's ever happened to me. Particularly this part: When Estelle was born, she didn't move right away. Like all babies, she was all wrinkly but this one was pretty blue. Our doctor rubbed her back and in the silence had enough time to say, "Come on! Come on!" The she breathed, then she cried, and I did the same. And in those moments I had one thought: THIS is why I wanted to be in a clinic! But in the end, everything worked out fine. Scary, but fine. 

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To answer your post title question, no, home births have not been linked with more stillbirths and in fact home birth has been considered safer than the hospital in a lot of cases. Home birth is not for everyone and the choice on where to have your baby is one that should be considered very carefully and thoroughly. I didn't go on to read the rest of the article but the excerpt is all I need to see in this particular case.

My firstborn was as blue as blue could be when he was born, from head to toe, he was even asleep. It took about 2 minutes of stimulation to get him to make some noise but he never cried, that just wasn't his personality. I had him in the hospital and I know for a fact that it was the Demerol I was given and being stuck in bed in one position that caused it.

Had I known back in 2006 that I had a choice and that there was a safer, better way I'd have opted in. If I'd have has access to more information I probably would have an experience that I could look back on with pride instead of humility and humor. Maybe the obvious lack of oxygen is one of the reasons he now has behavioral issues and learning disability? I may never know but I had my last 2 children out of hospital and although I couldn't afford a home birth I would have loved the opportunity. I was especially considering unassisted childbirth but my husband wasn't comfortable with it. 

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In the studies I read, the risk of neonatal death in homebirths is three times higher than in hospital births.


 Absolute numbers are low in either case, of course. 

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