Planning a first time UC
Ok so brief back story....
I've had three children, all medicated hospital vaginal births. The birth of my second daughter was the only one out of the three that was traumatic and I think it was just due to the staff in the labor and delivery department when we were there.
My partner and I are currently pregnant with what will be my fourth child (His first) and I want to do an unassisted home birth. He however is absolutely terrified of the idea.
I think I have a pretty good plan in place. I'm going to labor and deliver at home and then be transferred to E.D for evaluation (I know it will make him feel better)
I'm planning on having someone at home with us that will manage a time sheet to record start and stop times of each contraction, when and if my water breaks, each push and it's duration, crown time, birth time, first response time (first cry), delivery of the placenta, and cord clamp time. After all of that then either I or my partner will perform the apgar and do a sugar check, take measurements and what not and then nurse for a bit before notifying EMS and requesting transport to our hospital which is literally about a minute from our house.
I've drawn up a list of possible complications (I've had great pregnancies in the past and no complications with delivery)
- Excessive fatigue
- Water breaking followed by 24 hours without contractions
- Uncontrolled vomiting
- Pushing time greater than 2-3 hours with no progress
- Excessive bleeding
- Unresponsive baby
- Uterine prolapse
- Or if I just change my mind
All of the above would be a reason that I would go to the hospital. Are there any that I'm forgetting?
Also I've got a basic list of supplies that I'm going to have on hand, towels, plastic sheeting, plastic cord clamps, a bulb syringe, scissors to cut the cord, Gatorade, light snacks, EV olive oil for use to prevent tearing.
I know that my body is capable of birthing the daughter that I've spent the last 8 and a half months making. Just trying to get the boyfriend on board with it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm loving reading all the threads here!