HI, there. I'm expecting my 8th baby at the end of Oct. I had my first three babies at home with a midwife, my 4th and 6th were birthcenter waterbirths, the 5th was my only hospital birth, due to concerns with my health, and my last was a perfect home waterbirth where I got to catch my own baby!
Now I want to do this myself. I'm not to worried about it, I have generally easy labors and I've read everything I can get my hands on over the past 15 years. But I've started to wonder about fetal heart monitering during labor.
My labors are very fast but I figure that's my blessing for going 2+ weeks over due every time. With my last birth the midwife only checked fetal heart tones once in the 30 minutes she was at my home before the birth.
The only time I remember heart tones being an issue was with my first and that one was a real nightmare, I would have been sectioned if I'd been at a hospital, as it was I ended up with a episiotomy and was nearly transported.
If you do moniter what do you use? I have only seen a midwife 2x with this pregnancy. I don't do any pee testing, etc. I've checked my weight occaisionaly just curious, I don't gain weight while pg, only when nursing, go figure!
But I don't have swelling, bp issues,etc. Never have, not expecting to. I figure the only things that can go wrong would go wrong at a hospital too. I'm trying not to borrow trouble, while still knowing what to do for emergencies.
I'm not telling anyone I'm not going to call the midwife, they would freak. I think my sister suspects but she's not saying anything. Is there anything else you would recomend I think about?