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I'm curious, I mean did you rush to the hospital with your new baby, or wait a day or so, or just go in after a week or two (assuming there were no complications)? I won't have a midwife to be a witness unfortunately, but my DH will be there, so if I do get to do a UC, I'm wondering what happens next after the baby is born, assuming there are no emergencies or transfer to a hospital? Our closest hospital that does deliveries is an hour away.<br><br>
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i dont know why anyone would rush to a hospital, barring an emergency.<br><br>
Not sure when or if I will take my little one in to see our family doc afterward. I waited a couple weeks last time.<br><br>
There is no need to take baby in unless you see a problem.<br><br>
Just wondering specifically what you are asking?
 

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Mostly because I have to figure out how to handle the birth certificate issue. I don't want to have to go to the hospital right away, especially not fond of putting a newborn in the car if it's not absolutely necessary. The roads around here are <i><b>bumpy</b></i>!
 

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I do not believe a hopsital will help you get your birth certificate- you need to call your local vital statistics/public health office and ask them the steps you need to take.
 

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I'll have to try them...although they are located out of this county, in the 'big city'. I figured I'd need some proof of pregnancy, I do have the slip they gave me though, of my EDD.
 

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I took Ella in at 3 days old, specifically for the birth certificate issue. I went through heck getting Noah's ss card and didn't want to repeat the headache.<br><br>
After our UC we snuggled down into bed for 3 days! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Then we went to the appointment and came home and snuggled back down!
 

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I think our plan is to call the doctor's office the next day, or two days later maybe, and ask for an appointment. It always is a week or more to wait- depending on how i feel i might tell them we had the baby and can they squeeze us in. Either that or, if the birth happens next week we know our doctor is on call at the hospital so we may just phone there and tell them to call him in for us.<br>
Really we will play it by ear, it's our first baby and if all seems well we might wait longer. We are 5 minutes from the hospital at most so going in is no biggie.<br>
I know that ultimately i will want to go in, good to get the weight and record of the baby being checked out, and the forms for the child tax benefit. I called around and it seems that the forms need a doc's signature, and i don't want to miss out on the cheques LOL.
 

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Hi MegViolet! Luckily we have a scale so we can weigh him at home, at least. That's a good idea to call the doctors office and make an appt. I don't like going to mine, they aren't very friendly. Hopefully I can just nonchalantly call them and say, "Oh, I just had the baby at home a few days ago, I'd like to make an appt for him to come in". Then watch the fur fly, ha ha!<br><br>
When I had preterm labor and went to the hospital a week or so ago, the one nurse there was a bit mean about things when I told her I had noticed a bit of blood, she acted like I should have KNOWN that there was something going on...yeah like I'm an expert right? But she turned out to be okay in the end, she was nice and let me use her calling card to phone my dh and my mom.
 

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With the Amish population PA must have lots of homebirths. If you don't want to come of the UC closet, you could call a doctor and midwife and ask about the forms they turn in for homebirths. You could explain you live far from the hospital and have books about what to do if you can't make it to the hospital in time but don't know what you'd do about registering the birth. I've found if I act slightly flaky, little overwhelmed, and anxious, people are willing to reassure me by answering a question or two. I think it assures them of their competence and makes them feel good about effortlessly bestowing peace on another.<br><br>
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We stayed at home and went to the ped around 4 weeks (I think, not sure of exact dates). There were no probs with birth certificate. I wouldn't go to the hospital unless I had a medical emergency reason to go. I think if you showed up with a baby and said you UC'd you might get someone there who would freak on you and want to keep the baby for observation or the like. Can you ask a mw for a UC-friendly ped?
 

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Ha ha, ByronV, you know my MO don't you? Ha ha! I do that as well, the 'acting flaky', which does make people act better usually. I can play dumb like the best of 'em! I'll definitely do that!
 

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That is a good idea as well, NansMom! Unfortunately there are no mw's around here..at all! It's terrible but true. That's life in the country, I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
I don't want to rush to the hospital, and DH doesn't trust them either, even less than I do. At least I have a 'documented' pregnancy and have been seen by MD's so hopefully that makes it a bit easier. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We evacuated from hurricane Charlie 2 hours after my son's birth a few years ago. They(cops) said we had to go or they would take the kids to a safe place!<br>
They came through our neighborhood with their speakers blasting the announcment.<br><br>
Anyhow, at about a month after we did take him into a pediatrician for a check up but he hasnt had one since. Afterall he is completely healthy.<br><br>
Ah, just read the other posts. You really just have to show up at vital statistics in your area. In our area we have up to a year after birth. Bring your id and such. Call ahead of time to see exactly what you need. I didn't have anything except my identification.
 

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Right after DD was born I melted into the bed and stayed there for quite a while. (except for when DH had to change the sheets cause I bled all over them) DH made a really wholesome meal a couple hours after the birth. We all realxed (me, DH, and DD) There is no way I'd have went to a hospital. I had no reason to. I would have most likely ended up having to be sedated casue I think I would have totally freaked out if they wanted to touch my baby for any reason. So, since I didn't even want anyone to touch her I guess there's really be no reason to go.<br>
Now, DD is 8 weeks old. She's never been to a doctor. If she gets really sick I'd take her to a Oriental Medical Doctor or the Emergency Room. I hope I'll never have to take her to a doctor, but if she is sick, I will.<br>
IMO, one of the greatest things about a UC is that after the labor you can relax in peace and immediately going to a hospital after the birth would totally ruin that.<br>
As far as the birth certificate goes, we are in the process of gettign DD's now. I had a note from the Health Department as my proof of pregnancy. They kept saying I had to get a note from a "medical professional" to prove live birth. I said she had not been to a doctor and I wasn't planning on taking her to one. Someone on here suggested I get a firefighter to sign a paper, but they refused saying since they weren't at the birth, how could they prove anything. I then explained to the Vital Statistics people that noone could prove a live birth except the people present for it. I said, "I could borrow a friend's baby, take it to the doctor, and by doing a quick exam that doctor couldn't prove it was my live born baby." After bringing this to their attention, they decided that my husband and I could each sign an affidavit stating we were present at the live birth. A couple people on here gave me this link to the GA form for live birth. I edited it to be suitable for the state of KY. Now, I just have to get it notarized. <a href="http://www.gamidwifery.org/images/AffidavitAttendance.PDF" target="_blank">http://www.gamidwifery.org/images/Af...Attendance.PDF</a>
 

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I snuggled in bed with him and slept!!! Then we took a herbal bath. The ILs came over to meet him, I wrote my birth story after they left, and then my Mom got here.<br><br>
He didn't see a Dr until he was 2mo.
 

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It's probably different here in Canada but I called the vital statistics office and asked them to mail me the homebirth registration forms. They told me my midwife should have the forms. I told them I was still looking for a midwife and I am 38 weeks. My Doc had just told me to find another doc because I questioned his methods. I also told them I had a history of fast births and that I would like to have the forms just in case I ended up having the baby alone. Which was all true they just didn't know I wasn't looking for a midwife, none close enough or a doctor anymore.<br><br>
Long story, Short - They mailed me the forms.
 

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Well, I labored all night and birthed my daughter at 4:40am. Dh and I checked her out, I passed her to DH so I could deliver the placenta. We nursed for a moment or two. I took a brief shower to rinse off the blood and muck. Dh bagged the towel that I birthed over- it was ruled a casualty since it was covered in all manners o blood, mucus and meconium. Me and baby were tucked into bed. We gazed at our new darling in awe...<br><br>
It was around 6am, so we called our families on the east coast and then went to sleep.<br><br>
The end<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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UC#1-baby#2<br>
drove to the nearest hospital (we were already in the car) and proceeded to wonder why we were treated like sick people.<br><br>
UC#2-baby#3<br>
hung out with my 12 best friends who came over for the "birth party" while my MIL freaked out over baby's head bruising and called 911. When they arrived, I put on my Levis and carried my baby out to their car (don't you dare turn on those sirens). The hospital nurses saw that we were perfect, reassured my MIL ("bruising is normal") in fact, they politely explained to me that there was nothing stopping me from using their scale to weigh the baby after they left the room. If they did it, however it would legally have to be documented and then I'd have to sign paperwork to remove the baby from the hospital against medical advice. So we weighed the baby ourselves, while a nurse in the hall told my MIL what a wonderful thing it was that we homebirthed and to relax. Then we went home and read Harry potter to myolder kids and went to bed.<br><br>
UC#3, baby #4<br>
laid in bed and stared into her beautiful face for hours. My mom was visiting and took the older kids to the park and I tried to rest.<br><br>
UC#4, baby #5<br>
After I cleaned everything up I made breakfast and did laundry just like any other day. 2 of our employees stopped by to congratulate us unexpectedly and I felt bad that the house wasn't in order.<br><br>
UC#5, baby #6<br>
I'll let you know in December.
 
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