Yes, I had a CNM/OB planned natural hospital birth for DS. My water broke first and I had back labor, as he was posterior. I had a doula, but I should have interviewed more b/c she didn't turn out to be very good.
Long story short, ended w/epidural (back labor sooo awful) narrowly avoided c-sec, had vacuum extraction w/episiotomy. This was not the worst part.
DS was pale and breathing badly when he was born and I only got to hold him about 30 seconds before they took him to the NICU. 8 hours later he was dx with a severe congenital heart defect. It was the worst night of our lives. He spent 3 weeks in the hospital, had one heart surgery, came home, had another surgery at 3 months old.
My doula took off right when they took him away so we were alone. I have a lot of anger and resentment about that.
When I was PG with m/c #1 last summer we did a lot of research on our options, saw a genetic counselor, finally decided on HB with a midwife that several moms recommended to me. Once I met with her she seemed so professional and caring and experienced that I totally trusted her. She even showed us a home video of one of her births where they had to recussitate the baby--that was my greatest fear, what they would do. She said she doesn't usually show that video to new clients, but she thought we could appreciate it. It really sealed it.
I will be getting concurrent care for a while until we can diagnose any potential heart problems. I am hoping that being at home (hospitals always terrify my) and being in the water with a competent midwife will help me manage the pain better, although I am desperately hoping for NO BACK LABOR!! Good gawd that was awful.
But my #1 concern is that the baby stay with me, unless in dire emergency, for several hours after the birth. I feel like if I went to a hospital, no matter how much prenatal testing ruled out a heart problem, they would be taking the baby away for an echocardiogram as soon as they could. I missed so much of DS's first hours and weeks, and I can't bear to miss that again.
Sleepy mom of two (DS-11, DD-8). 5 lost: 9/2004, 3/2005, 4/2013, 8/2014, ectopic- rupture @7w, lost right tube 11/14