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Has anyone given birth on The Farm in Tennessee?<br><br>
Specifically, if you don't live nearby and also have other children?<br><br>
We would love to look into this but are wondering about the logistics. Our other two are still young enough that we'd want them to be nearby, and we don't really have anywhere to leave them but don't necessarily want the youngest, who will be 18 months, to witness the birth.<br><br>
Also, what was the car ride home like?<br><br>
Better to just plan a birth at our actual home, even though The Farm would probably be so great?<br><br>
Would love to hear any and all experiences.
 

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I know a mw who trained there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I personally, would rather stay home, no traveling, kids are in familiar environment, my own bed/tub..kwim? But if staying home isn't an option, for whatever reason, I think it would be a great alternative <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think they're pretty kid-friendly, too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I would have possibly considered it for baby #1 if breech or something else the CNMs here don't do and if I hadn't been comfortable UC. But in general they are way too interventive for my taste and I think have at least two midwives in the room at all times. Someone who posts here had a birth there that they loved though and I know many people like them.
 

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nashvillemidwife -- honestly, nothing really, but I think the adventure of it would be amazing. just looking to hear others' experiences.
 

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Going rate around here is $3,000-$3,500. I know they're charging at least $3,000, I believe they add on from there (VBAC, first time mom, breech).
 

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Interesting. I live in NYC, and the going rate here (for homebirth) is twice that and up. Just goes to show it's all relative!
 

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I think I paid 1800 for mine *ducks* but she was very new, and put us on a sliding fee scale <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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You can read my Farm birth story in my sig - it was my first baby, breech, and I loved it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It was $4000 before insurance, since he was breech (insurance didn't pay much, but if I had known to ask for a Gap Exception I might have been able to get more).<br><br>
We didn't have any other kids, so I can't tell you much about that, but if you had another caregiver there for the youngest, they could always take them out to play in the woods if it was daytime. It's a really nice area, I bet a toddler would have a great time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The car ride home (and the car ride down, in labor, heh) was not a problem. We went back on the second day, because we wanted to be home. I was pretty tired, and it was a five-hour drive, but I just rested. I would have been able to rest better, but newborns are so floppy in car seats! I felt like he would be squashed if I didn't keep his head from flopping over, so I rode the whole way with my hand on his forehead keeping him upright. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He slept the ENTIRE way, though. We had to poke and prod him to get him to wake up enough to nurse when we stopped in the middle. Otherwise he would just have slept the whole five hours. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As the PP said, there were two midwives most of the time for us. They weren't at all interventive, though. They only checked me once, when I asked them to because I was getting impatient, and they made a few suggestions about pushing positions (getting off my tailbone, it was a good idea) when pushing wasn't making much progress. I was quite happy with the care I got - especially since I had met them for the very first time only three days before!<br><br>
All that said, next time I'm hoping for a homebirth in my own home, if I can find a breech-experienced midwife in the area. It would be much nicer not to have to drive, and midwives around here are probably less expensive. Plus there's a lot to be said for staying in your own nest, with your own germs, rather than traveling.
 

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I was born on the Farm....I dont remember it though, sorry<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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