Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Settling in the Sound
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Well, I am of two minds on the issue. I think in more than 9 out of 10 birth, everything would be absolutely FINE. There are risks in any birth. If you have an attended birth, there is a good chance of medically caused harm, and if you have a UC, there is a risk that a complication might occur that you have trouble dealing with. My observation and firsthand experience has been that mamas and papas who are well prepared for birthing have very few problems handling minor complications, and most often when something more major comes up, they are in tune enough to realize that they need outside support and seek it before things go really wrong.
My experience, I believe is relatively unique in that I had a (imo) more serious complication during my first UC (minor shoulder dystocia). At a hospital, most likely I would have been emergency c-sectioned (opening me up to a host of risks), or my sweet babe may have suffered much more serious trauma than she did (her shoulder was injured- dislocated, I think). At home, I was able to tune in and realize something was not right and get her born as quickly as possible in the best positioning possible. I would not have been able to do that with strangers looking on. I feel that my having a UC averted a potential tragedy. We transported after, which was probably not needed, but what we felt was appropriate at the time.
Two and a half years later, after much prayer, meditation, research and months of positive affirmations, I went on to have another UC, peacefully birthing my 11+ lb son in the water. I felt that after researching the risks, my risks were statistically similar birthing UC as having an elective c-section. (I did not seriously consider a hospital vaginal birth as I felt the risks were too high when taking my birthing history into account.)
We will likely have another babe in 4-6 years. At this point, I don't know if it will be another UP and UC. I most likely will higher a trusted lay midwife due to anxiety, but it's hard to tell. I think every woman should look within herself to find what best for her and her baby. (And each pregnancy/ baby/ mama set is different, which is why I couldn't tell you if the next babe with be born UC or not.)
Laura, mama to J (15), N (12), E (9) , M (6), and our little caboose, R (3).