Join Date: May 2002
Location: North of Atlanta, GA
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I totally understand where you are coming from. I originally had the same idea - birth in a hospital w/o drugs to proove that I can do it and then have a homebirth for #3. Well, after doula-ing for several area hospitals and seeing the BS that goes along with *every* birth, I just couldn't do it. I cannot walk into a hospital, hoping that they will leave me alone (unless there was a reason to go to a hospital).
We are in GA, too. What part of town are you in? Our birth network has a lot of doulas and people in the homebirth community and I can get you the name of a few people to talk to if you have any questions. (Since I have not BTDT, yet). You have my email, let me know if I can help. Yeah, the laws suck. But a lot of us are also trying to get out there and change them!
Also, a lot of MWs will take payments and will work with you on payment. Its hard, but knowing what I know, I just cannot imagine not trying for the homebirth.
Good luck to you. I think the MW should be able to calm your fears. Ask her about things like what she transfers for, her transfer rates, how many of those are emergencies, how she does newborn assessment, what she would do in the case of...meconium, hemorrage, long stage 2, etc.
Jenn, perpetually tired mom to DS(9): DD(4.5): DD(2) :