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I am SO freaking excited!! I had a epidural free (but pitocin happy, bleh) hospital birth with DD and I really look forward to a homebirth this time.

Anyone else?!
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I am leaning that way. The only hospital covered by our weird insurance is 45 minutes away, in Cambridge (in good traffic). The thought of making that trip while in labor is a bit terrifying to me. I am still meeting with the midwife I saw for well women care, who delivers in that hospital. I *think* she will be supportive if we decide on a home birth and might be able to recommend a homebirth midwife or two to interview:
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God willing, we are hoping to. We start interviewing midwives on Saturday.

I'm Kellie :, married to Chris , and mom to one baby girl (7/12/09).
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Yes, definitely! We recently found out that our preferred midwife will be on vacation this summer...that was distressing news! So we'll be looking for someone else. I suppose I should start interviewing soon!

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Me! I've had two hospital births and I want nothing to do with that building again.

I was supposed to start calling midwives last week but I've been hesitating. I'm thinking of doing UC and I'm feeling vague on how much prenatal care I want (if any).

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Me! I was devastated to learn our MW is unavailable for this birth (she's pregnant herself which is wonderful for her--but stinks for me)--she was totally fantastic last time. Oh well. She got us hooked up with her friend who is also great.

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Granted this little bean sticks, we will be having an unassisted homebirth.
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I want to this time around...DH isn't 100% sure, but, I'm looking into it now....I think it will depend if I can find a midwife that takes our insurance, there is no way we can afford to pay out of pocket.
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Second HB for me! Its a new midwife because we moved, which makes me a little sad because I sooo loved my last one, but someone would have to put a gun to my head to make me have another hospital birth!!!

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I'm hoping too. I had a hospital birth last time, and it wasn't the worst experience, but it wasn't great either (rude nurses, doctor pushing for c/s, eventual pitocin and epidural). Have you read "Baby Catcher" and "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth?" They are both great, though there is one story you probably shouldn't read in "Baby Catcher." Maybe you can get a friend to pre-skim and tear it out! I have my first midwife interview this afternoon, and I'm really excited!

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Definitely another home birth for me, possibly a UC, still reflecting on that one!

Peaceful mama to three blissfully-birthed and incredible small people: dd10, dd7 and ds5. Always awed and so thankful to be a midwife.
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Planning on it:
I need to find a midwife!

However, I planned on it last time, too, but my water broke at 34 weeks, so it was hospital for me.
I am really, really, really hoping that it doesn't go that way again.

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Had my one hospital birth - don't want to do that again! It doesn't help that hospitals are scary to me and have too many harsh smells, noises, etc.

There are a lot of homebirth midwives in my area so I am starting to research... But definitely planning on a homebirth.

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Our house is torn apart because we are remodeling right now, so depending on when my husband finishes it, we will be at home or at the birth center that is 5 minutes away.

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i've had 3 homebirths and i wouldn't consider anything else!!! the last one was an accidental unassisted birth. lol i just may consider a purposeful one this time.

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Me too!

DS was a birth center turn hospital transfer yet still all natural birth. I hated being at the hospital.. never doing that again (if I can help it!).

I have one of the best midwives in all of the SLC area, so I am super excited that I got a spot with her! DH and I are contemplating moving to OR though, and she is one of the reasons that I don't want to!

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I had 2 hospital births with midwives and no drugs
1 hospital birth with pitocin and epidural (HORRIBLE)
1 Birth center birth
1 homebirth!

After my homebirth last time, there is no way I would have a baby anywhere else! It was fantastic
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Me too!

DS was a birth center turn hospital transfer yet still all natural birth. I hated being at the hospital.. never doing that again (if I can help it!).

I have one of the best midwives in all of the SLC area, so I am super excited that I got a spot with her! DH and I are contemplating moving to OR though, and she is one of the reasons that I don't want to!
FWIW...Oregon is an awesome place to have a home birth! I moved from SLC when I was 7 mo pregnant. It was hard to leave my MW but I found a great one here too

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I'm a homebirth midwife, and will of course be birthing this baby at home!!

Mama to ds#1 (7) and a ds#2 (1 1/2)
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I am also planning another homebirth. I have had two hospital births and two home births so far. My babies come so quickly, I would end up having them in the car if I went to the hospital.

Stephanie-33 lucky mama of 5 precious ones: DD-12, DS-9 , DS-6 , and DD-3 and Bridget Alannah  SHE'S ONE NOW! loving wife to DH-38
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Hoping for one, but my situation is complicated. I had a c-section the first time (coerced, scheduled for fetal macrosomia) and HBAC's in Florida require a "physician sign off" My local midwives don't have a supportive backup physician. I am seeing them for prenatal care, then will probably travel three hours away to rent a house to use a midwife that does have a physician that will "sign off". I am waiting to get that all set up, because I was pregnant this past summer, sent in my deposit, got all excited, and then had a miscarriage. So, I am waiting until I hear a heartbeat. Also, another midwife might be available closer by the time I am ready.
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we are planning a homebirth. we've birthed everywhere that's a common option (hospital, birth center, and home) and home was our favorite.

plus, i tend to have speedy labors and births. no time for a trip to the hospital.

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Assuming this button sticks...Definately a home birth.

My first was an induction for true pre-eclampsia, pit drip 6hrs labor.
Second also hospital birth 7hours labor.
Third was supposed to be a home birth but he developed some odd and disturbing problems at about 36 weeks, perinatologest ordered an induction at 39.5 weeks. pit drip 2+ hrs of labor and baby came flying out (into the ungloved hands of some shocked general practice Dr they grabbed from the hall) My little one had tied a true (and tight) knot in his cord.

I really want a home-birth this time. And my new husband is very supportive.

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Hoping for one, but my situation is complicated. I had a c-section the first time (coerced, scheduled for fetal macrosomia) and HBAC's in Florida require a "physician sign off" My local midwives don't have a supportive backup physician. I am seeing them for prenatal care, then will probably travel three hours away to rent a house to use a midwife that does have a physician that will "sign off". I am waiting to get that all set up, because I was pregnant this past summer, sent in my deposit, got all excited, and then had a miscarriage. So, I am waiting until I hear a heartbeat. Also, another midwife might be available closer by the time I am ready.
Wow, this makes me so upset! I'm sorry that you have to deal with stupid midwifery regulations.

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Yep, homebirth here too. My labors have been 8hrs, 6hrs, and 3hrs so I figure I wouldn't make it anywhere else in time anyway There are no birth centers here and my 1st was a hospital birth that was not horrid but certainly medically monitored and they wouldn't let me walk around-grrr.
I wish I was still on the west coast where homebirth was a lot more common! I'm in the midwest now -blech when it comes to birth options.
I'm interviewing the first of 2 midwives tomorrow.

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Me, God willing! Have had 2 homebirths and loved it! HAve my first midwife appointment 18 Dec.
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I was hoping for a uc my last pregnancy. Dh did not like the idea. We ended up with a birth center birth. Dh has said if I decided to UC he won't be in the house when I go in labor. he doesn't know I'm pregnant yet. We'll probably end up doing a home waterbirth.

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I am really hoping for a homebirth. We're still talking about it and are meeting with her next week. We will have to pay out-of-pocket for it, but with our tax refund, I know we could do it. If we use $1,500 of the tax refund, we would pay $200/month until 36 weeks.

One thing that I'm disappointed about is the MW told me she knows my OB won't back a HB, so I would have to see another OB who is a stupid male with bad bedside manner. I know I wouldn't have to see him but a couple of times, but I loved being with MY sweet OB for my last 2 pregnancies.
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This will be our fourth homebirth (second UC) and I am looking forward to it! I see I am not the only one here with a surprise baby - what is it about us 3rd- and 4th-time mamas and the surprises? We must get lax about certain things, lol.

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I'm planning on a homebirth in a home that hasn't even been built yet! My contractor knows he has a new deadline, although he's already assured me it will be done long before then.

I'm so excited - there's a new law in NH that requires insurance to cover homebirth, plus I'll finally have a house in which to give birth. Yay!! :
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