My family is moving very last minute to a small island
town in Alaska and I will be 36 weeks when we get there. The move is due to a job for my dh.
I have been getting all of my midwifery care from a licensed midwife here and had a homebirth planned. It will be my fourth homebirth.
However, in this little town the birth options are not great.
In my new town I can either have a hospital birth or I have found a very nice lay midwife with lots of experience (300 births) who hasn't done a birth in a few years, but is willing to do mine.
This birth will most likely be considered an unassisted birth (although I know it isn't truly UC) by the medical community there. I would like to go and get a PKU type test and newborn exam and will possibly need a tongue tie cut for the baby after the birth. The only option in town is the one medical office, which is part of the hospital I believe.
I know I am assuming a lot, but I'm afraid of the reaction by the doctors when we have a homebirth (unassisted they may consider) and then go in for the baby's visit. Maybe they will just be so nice and I am worried for nothing
My husband thinks it will be fine and I've even spoken to a nurse at the medical facility who thinks there may be gossip but not much more than that. I'm afraid of trouble and CPS being called etc.
My only other option is to stay back here and give birth while staying at my parents house. Then dh won't be able to be there and we will be seperated from him for almost 2 months. He will miss the newborn cuddles too and his other 3 children.
Thoughts? Has anyone else been afraid of this?