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3rd baby here but first homebirth and wanting to connect with y'all. Is everyone feeling excited about the upcoming HB?

I've felt excited the whole pregnancy until the last week or so, suddenly i'm feeling some anxiety about it...hoping to meditate those feelings away.

ordered a good deal of my birth supplies yesterday, including the pool (just got the fishy pool), looking forward to that delivery

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Feeling excited too! Its interesting though....now that I have a previous birth to compare too....I get that anxious feeling too, I think its just remembering the intensity for me. Then I remember the intensity of the high afterward and having my son in my arms, and I don't feel so anxious any more!

I have not bought anything for the birth yet! I feel so behind.....I think I will order the pool next week, and start there

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I have not bought anything for the birth yet! I feel so behind.....I think I will order the pool next week, and start there

Did you use a pool for your first birth? What kind of pool do you plan on purchasing? I just made my order (supplies and pool) at inhishands.net, they seemed to have the best price on the fishy pool and shipping only went up $1 when i added it to my order.

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Hi! I'm excited too! I have nothing to compare to, so I'm probably less anxious because I don't know what to expect. DW keeps asking me how I feel as it gets closer and closer. I think she expects some serious fears and nerves to surface, but with Hypnobabies and with wanting a homebirth for so many years, I'm just not nervous. Her and I are both more nervous (scared?) to have to transfer to the hospital. Her more than me, though. I've given myself permission to transfer for any reason and I know we'll have a beautiful birth, either way, but I know myself, and unless there's a true emergency, it's just not happening.

We haven't bought anything for the birth yet. We're going to get a BPIAB sometime in the next couple of months.

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Oh I'm an Oct homebirther!!!! We just made the decision two weeks ago.

I orderd all of my supplies and the showed up yesterday, so exciting!

My midwife provides birth pools but we had to order a liner.

I am feel really really excited about having a homebirth. It's what I really wanted with this birth and it just feels like the right thing for us right now.

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Feeling excited too! Its interesting though....now that I have a previous birth to compare too....I get that anxious feeling too, I think its just remembering the intensity for me. Then I remember the intensity of the high afterward and having my son in my arms, and I don't feel so anxious any more.
This is how I'm feeling too. Now I feel like I really know what I'm in for even though my births are relatively quick and easy. I'm still nervous about it. But I'm really excited to meet my new little one. This will be my third homebirth.

One thing I highly recommend for you ladies that I did last time that I loved was to make some red raspberry leaf tea and then freeze it in ice cube trays. All you do is add some purified water to the ice cubes in a glass - so yummy! It was the bestest for right after the birth. Even if you're not homebirthing it's still a really good idea.

I don't think I'll be setting up a birth pool. I foresee it being on dry land like the other ones.
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Did you use a pool for your first birth? What kind of pool do you plan on purchasing? I just made my order (supplies and pool) at inhishands.net, they seemed to have the best price on the fishy pool and shipping only went up $1 when i added it to my order.
I actually did not use one last time....I think I will really like it! I tried to go to that website and nothing came up :/ But I do plan on buying the simple fishy pool, its the best size for me and my little midwife!

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I'm planning my third homebirth (4th baby). I think I am still in denial at how quickly it is coming up. I reread Ina May's Guide to Childbirth with all the inspiring birth stories. But it still doesn't really feel real to me, which is kind of odd. I'm not really looking forward to it right now. I think I am just too distracted with all the work we did of trying to get the house on the market, only for the anticlimactic result of getting NO INTEREST. We haven't had a single showing. I know on one level that things will work out the way they are meant to...

But, on another level I am just scared to have this baby. Not to birth the baby... but to take care of a newborn through another winter while still being responsible for getting the kids to school every day. I keep having flash backs to two years ago, when my toddler was a newborn. And this year, there will be a three-times-a day commute two days a week. And I have to get us all up early and out the door every morning. And winter driving, getting four kids in and out of snow gear for the car, including a newborn who may scream and scream in a carseat, and I won't be able to do anything because of needing to get kids to school... Ugh.

So.... I think I am just kind of in denial about the whole thing. I haven't even thought about birth supplies... although we have quite a few left over from last time. I don't know if I want to bother with a birth tub, even though I LOVED ds3's water birth. I haven't gotten out any of the sibling books for the kids, yet, or shown them any videos. I am kind of ambivalent and apathetic right now...

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We just decided on a homebirth about 2 weeks ago. I really love my MW but the hospital she has priveleges at is horrible. They don't let the baby stay in the room with you which really bothers me, so we decided on HB so we could stay with the MW. We are very excited because we wanted to try HB with our other 2 but it was illegal in the state we lived in at the time. Now we live in a very friendly HB state, so we decided this is our chance.

We haven't bought anything at all yet, and I would love to hear about other peoples experiences!
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I am so excited for the birth of this baby. I am not sure if it is because I know what to expect (for the most part) or if it's because I am going to be at home. Probably a little of both. I haven't felt scared or nervous or anything since very early on so I hope it just stays that way and I continue to be excited and look forward to it. I just went over my supply list today and will probably order when I am 33 or 34 weeks, just a few weeks away!! I almost went out and bought new sheets to get comfy in after the birth and other fun stuff like that but I talked myself out of it until we can actually afford it. Hopefully I can keep myself under control until then I also found myself listening to my Ipod on shuffle today and wondering what music I will be in the mood for. Perhaps some David Gray or maybe something more jazzy like Scissor Sisters. I am just so excited and cannot wait for this experience!!! Oh yeah, this is my second baby but first homebirth.

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I am super excited to birth my baby at home! All I have done is book the rental of our birth pool(the birth pool in a box mini.) Oh and Ive been doing hypnobabies since 26 weeks. Our midwife clinic does a homebirth info night which is in two weeks, I think it will really help DH who I know still has some fears even though we are literally a 5 minute going the speed limit and getting a red light(I timed it!) drive to the hospital! He is concerned that I am not going to be able to handle the intensity of it. Which is funny because he is the first to admit I have a oddly high pain tolerance.
I have this little list of extras I want though. Bees wax candles, fresh orange juice, good music, a nice pair of pjs for afterwards, little luxuries.
I start mat leave in 7 weeks which is just crazy!
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I get my home birth! I am so excited about it. I got the supply list today and I really want to go out any buy everything now, even though I know I need to get the house organized first. I'm also way too excited about the birthing pool. I'm such a dork

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This will be my second baby and second homebirth and I feel really unprepared! It's all so daunting. I've just been very fatigued throughout the entire pregnancy and we just moved across the country to a new town and a new house and I've only just found a new midwife. This house has a huge, deep clawfoot tub so I don't know if we'll even set up the birthing pool this time. I need to buy a birth kit, get serious about making meals and freezing them, and start doing things like making a birth playlist (music was so helpful last time) and finishing the baby blankets I've been crocheting.

I haven't really felt nervous about this birth until I started writing this post in this thread. I think I'm still sort of in denial about the whole thing. Last time was a fairly intense 12-hour labor with 2 hours of pushing. DS had a nuchal hand and a huge head and a super-strong amniotic sac that just wouldn't break (the midwife had to needle it herself) and the pushing pain just completely...blindsided me. I have a really good feeling about this baby and birth so it's not like I'm worried, but I have to admit I'm not looking forward to pushing again. At least this time I'll know that pushing doesn't always feel good or like a relief, as most other women seem to report. Sometimes it hurts!

But, the end result is so worth it that I'm trying to just stay really psyched and excited about meeting my little girl. Just another couple of months and she'll be in my arms. Wow!

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3rd Home birth for me. I'm pretty much all set. We use the good old bathtub and it worked like a charm twice already. Candles were a big thing for me since I have night births.. I like to watch them while I'm focusing on bringing a new life into this world.
Just starting to feel excited and anxious. We wait to find out what the gender is so that is also an exciting (can't wat for Christmas to come) feeling. That visualization of having a newborn just makes me want to start pushing now!! Well not quite yet but you get the idea!

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and start doing things like making a birth playlist (music was so helpful last time)
Would love to hear what you choose for a playlist! i've been thinking about putting one together in case i deel drawn to music come labor time.


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On a funny note, at my brothers birthday party last night, my grandma found out i am having a homebirth. First she said "does your mom know", uh yeah she knows and i'm 30 so.... Then she asked if she could sit in my living room as if it were a waiting room, um no, lol!

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I'm so excited, I picked up a few things early on (extra receiving blankets to clean him off, some old towels from a thrift store). I have to get the other stuff from the midwife but I think she brings that over the first meeting at our house. My bff has the fishy pool so she's letting me use that the liner is in the midwives stuff. Have to buy a new hot water heater and a few other things and yes CANDLES and music... Got to get on this. Just starting to realize how soon this is all going down!

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This is my second homebirth. I am excited about the baby but it hasn't really sunk in that the baby will be here soon. I haven't gathered my supplies yet and I am still waiting for the 'nesting' instinct to kick in so I can get the house organized for when she gets here.

I have a very clear vision in my head of how I think this birth is going to go. I am trying hard not to become to attached to this vision because I could be totally wrong and then end up feeling unprepared.
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We've decided to have a home birth as well. The supplies we need can mostly be purchased from the midwife for a small fee and the other stuff like extra sheets, receiving blankets, towels etc. we haven't purchased yet. I'll probably wait until I'm close to 37 weeks and start my mat leave. If I go into labour prior to 37 weeks, I'm not allowed to have a home birth anyway!

I'm feeling excited about it all and feel like we've made good progress in our house de-cluttering/organising.

I've started to think about a play list, too.

Oh and we're still on the fence if we'll order a birth pool or not. It seems like a bit of a hassle to me, to be honest. I love the idea of water for pain relief and want to rent one of those safety bath stools so that I can either sit on it in the shower or lean over it. I'm not sure I'll want to be in the water for the actual birth, so I'm not sure I'll want/need the pool.

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This is my third, my first homebirth, and I'm not telling my folks.

We're VERY close to them, but they have this no hospital = death mentality. I'm simply not willing to live through the next 12 weeks or so being harassed and abused by my parents.

Anyone else having this problem? Please note, I'll be 29 and I have a career, I'm married, and we're self-sufficient... It's not like I'm 17 and living at home...
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Awww. That's not stupid at all! You shouldn't have to put yourself through the stress and harassment by people because of your very valid choices!! I think that's a very good reason to keep it from them. You can tell them afterwards if you want. Or not. Your birth, your choice. Just do what's best for you.

Personally, I'm not having that problem, but I expected it from my dad. We're close, he's in the medical field and still seems surprised at how I'm a fully functional adult. I sent him an email about a week after I told him I was pregnant (because right away he asked about doctors and hospitals!) telling him that I've been researching this option for years and this is what I'm doing. I told him we're still going in for the occasional ultrasound with an OB and she'll tell us if something looks off and not safe for a homebirth. I told him how our midwives have been doing this at home for 14 years and will absolutely not do it if they deem something is off or unsafe. I was shocked by his response. He said that it sounds like I did my research and he supports me. SHOCKED! I think I was shaking when I hit send on that email.

We tell everyone else that asks or that is part of our life, because they know us and we both have very strong personalities and they know not to argue with us or tell us they don't support us. DW's mom about screamed when we told her and she started praying the rosary right in our living room! So she doesn't agree and is very scared but she knows better than to try and disuade us. We had even thought of her attending the birth because it's her only daughter's child that will be born, but no way can we have someone there who doesn't support it and is that worried.

Anyway- sorry to go on and on. I think that most people, no matter how old want their parent's approval or to be involved, but sometimes that's not possible if they are too far on the other side of the spectrum.

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This is my 3rd birth but my 1st HB and I am super excited. I am due Oct 1st, so I'm not really sure what due date club I really belong in...my 1st was punctual and my 2nd was 9 days early. For some reason I do see Sept 21st as the birth date. I have 7w left and I have good portion of stuff ready...I got my birthing kit in the mail and then bought some of the additional supplies I need. I need to get some newborn stuff down from the attic and all my pump and other newborn stuff back from my sister who had a baby in April. I have been pretty slack about my hypnobabies as I am only on week 2. However, I think oart of it is I did the hypnobabies with #2 so I haven't been as religious about it as I was with my son. I am hopeful it will be as great at reducing my labor and intensity this time as it was last time, so I better get on the ball...my first labor was 58 hours long which included 3 hours of pushing...my second was 15 hr with practically no pushing...he practically jumped right out of me...and has been running ever since. I'm hoping for a quick 6-8 hour labor with another speedy exit! I am dying to meet this little one and find out if I am having little boy or a little girl.

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My first was a home birth and I see no reason for this one to be different, although my midwives have hospital privileges so the hospital option is open to me. I've been thinking about doing a tour at the hospital just to get an idea of what it is like.

I'm not really excited about the birth. I didn't experience any "birth high" or warm fuzzy feelings last time. It took me a few weeks to bond with baby last time, too. I kind of just want to get it over with so I don't have to be pregnant any more. It's a terrible attitude, I know, but if this birth is like the previous one I'm just going to be in survival mode until baby is 3 months old.

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We're planning our second hb. My first I started with an OB for prenatal care and switched to a CNM practice at 30 weeks. This time I started with 2 CPMs so the care is a little more personal and relaxed though I have a very hard time getting things like Rhogam and now a physician to sign off of my job's paid maternity leave form. We haven't ordered anything yet. My plan is to get our birth kit and to test out our pool from last time (a la bassine) by the end of the month so we'll have time to replace or repair any issues before I'm 36 weeks along.

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This is my third, my first homebirth, and I'm not telling my folks.

We're VERY close to them, but they have this no hospital = death mentality. I'm simply not willing to live through the next 12 weeks or so being harassed and abused by my parents.

Anyone else having this problem? Please note, I'll be 29 and I have a career, I'm married, and we're self-sufficient... It's not like I'm 17 and living at home...
I forgot to add that I haven't told my family about doing a HB this time around...I don't care to hear their BS...2 of my 3 sisters had c/s and I honestly believe my younger sister who just gave birth in April was lied to about her baby being breech...they thought I was crazy for going drug-free last time, they would roll their eyes at the idea of a HB...meanwhile I am really the one doing all the eye rolling at their ignorance. We have told friends and most seem sincere about their comments and we haven't been bombarded with any negativity...I'll leave that for my 3 sisters and my dad.

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Pineapple Head - where did you rent your birth pool if you don't mind me asking? I see we're both in Toronto.
Im renting from Choices Childbirth They rent the mini and the regular sized birth pool in a box. They also sell them, I was thinking of buying one but we shall see how this goes first!

Yeah there doesnt seem to be many of us Toronto gals here! Im really hoping this heat and humidity break soon..my ankles are silly putty!
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I get a few "concerned" vibes from my dad and some of my in-laws, but for the most part people are very supportive. I just remind them that I live five minutes from a hospital.

In terms of being organized, I'm currently completely unprepared. I'm due at the end of the month, so I will be 30 wks on Tuesday. I think there is something about hitting that 30 week mark that makes me start to think seriously about labour and birth.

I will pick up a few supplies from the store near my house and will probably have to source out a few old towels and linens. My Midwife hasn't given me the list yet of everything I need. I like the idea of having a few more comforts around and I'm looking forward to making another "chill-out and breathe" playlist, getting candles, fragrant oil to make the room smell nice, etc. This is my second attempt at a hb. With my first, I ended up going to the hospital because my labour stalled, although ds was born within minutes of arriving. The ambulance ride (no sirens) was apparently what I needed. MW told me at the time that I am a good candidate for a hb with the second baby. Hope that proves to be true!

I won't be getting a pool, but will likely spend some time in a bath if my labour is appropriately paced, i.e. not too intense, too fast. I have been practicing my hypnobirthing breathing, listening to the birth affirmations, etc. I'm starting to get really excited.
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Im renting from Choices Childbirth They rent the mini and the regular sized birth pool in a box. They also sell them, I was thinking of buying one but we shall see how this goes first!

Yeah there doesnt seem to be many of us Toronto gals here! Im really hoping this heat and humidity break soon..my ankles are silly putty!
Thanks so much! That seems like a very affordable and convenient option!

About the heat/humidity, yeah we've certainly had a hot one! I've only become intolerant to it recently. I have the swelling ankles too, and I have to carry a dabbing cloth with me everywhere as just a quick walk can result in pools of sweat collecting wherever it is possible to collect...yuck. September will be here before we know it, though!
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This will be my 3rd baby, second homebirth. I am NOT looking forward to the pain- I had 7 hours of torturous pain with my last baby because his head was cockeyed, and therefore I had a cervical lip, with full dilation...for three hours! It was HORRIBLE! But my consolation is that I would have had a C had I been in a hospital. Hopefully this one will fly out pain free, lol.

Amy, mommy to Ava, 6, Gavin, 4, Lila, 2, and Baby #4 due in early November! joy.gif
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