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Hi mamas-<br>
I'd love some input here-- I'm pregnant with my 2nd and considering a homebirth. We had a great birthing experience with my first, at a birth center in town. The birth went beautifully... the midwife was great and came in to check on us every once in a while, but we were left to ourselves most of the way (dh and i) But I'm feeling it would be more empowering and just more natural to birth at home. I remember driving back and forth to the birth center and that really interfered with my laboring.<br><br>
BUT- I lost 1/3 of my blood after the birth. After a night with my babe, I was so out of it in the AM- so we were transferred to the hospital. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I had to have a blood transfusion- the midwives tried giving me pitocin after the birth, but it didn't work... my uterus just didn't contract.<br><br>
How can I prevent that from happening this time around? The midwives at the birth center couldn't give me any tips on herbal supplements to support my pregnancy and labor. This time around I hope to find a great midwife that will support me through this. I haven't started looking yet- if anyone knows some good homebirth midwives in the EUgene Oregon area, that'd be awesome! Does insurance usually cover homebirthing? (The Oregon Health Plan, for those of you in Oregon)<br><br>
sorry so long-winded, thanks for reading and sharing....
 

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It's hard to say about the bleeding. Some women just do bleed more than others. It's also possible that it had something to do with how your birth and 3rd stage were managed.<br><br>
As for the midwife reccs, I'm PMing you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I agree with Linda about management of the birth of the placenta (or OVERmanagement) being a cause of hemorrhage.<br><br>
I would focus on eating well and building my blood (iron) levels through food and some herbs. Things like meat (if you eat it), kidney beans, pinto beans, spinach, etc. along with herbs like dandelion, nettles and yellow dock help alot. Adding chlorophyll, too, might be good insurance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oregon Health Plan DOES cover homebirth with a licensed midwife, but only if you apply in your third trimester for AN OPEN CARD. So, it's a bit tricky. Some people cancel their OHP until their third trimester, then reapply specifically for an open card. This is important, but any licensed midwife can help you out with this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And, if you have kids, your family can be covered, but you can wait until the 28th week.
 

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thanks ladies for all your help- i was thinking if it had something to do with the placenta... i was pretty out of it after the birth- but i think i remember the midwifes really wanting to birth the placenta right after the babe came out, and i didn't feel ready. i'm not sure if they pulled it out or if i pushed it out, i remember trying to push....<br><br>
i didn't eat meat with my first pregnancy, but am eating meat now. do you think eating iron-rich food and herbs make more of an impact on my iron levels than taking iron pills? my iron levels were good all thru my pregnancy according to the midwives- but i'm drinking nettle alfalfa and red raspberry leaf iced tea almost daily.<br><br>
and i DO have an open card! yay! i'll start calling around for a midwife. thanks blueviolet for the info!
 

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Most iron pills are really hard for our bodies to assimilate - and even harder for the placenta to filter out. I like Floradex personally because so many women respond so well to it. It's iron made from food sources with some herbs to help assimilate the iron better. I know you can get it at Wild Oats/Oasis in Eugene - they even have a generic version of it that's less expensive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's so worth it!<br><br>
I think that food and herbs can help so much. If you're feeling good without iron supplementation, then I'd stay with what you're doing. The Floradex is for women with low iron or issues with assimilation.
 

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Pam, do you think bleeding might also have something to do with the size of the placenta? I had a HUGE placenta, the biggest my midwives had seen and I bled quite extensively.
 

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yeah, I think that when you imagine the placenta as a scab, then that scab comes off, there are all those capillaires and blood vessels that are only cut off through the contractions of the uterus. If you have a larger placental site, then you're bound to have more area of open blood vessels. It usually takes women longer to stop bleeding, too, with a bigger placental site. Not always, but from what I've seen.<br><br>
I had two 13 lb babies over the past couple years. As you can imagine, their placentas were HUGE. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> One was a good 3 pounds! There was alot more blood loss than normal, but it didn't appear to be affecting the moms any.
 

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Ooo! I'm PM'ing you!
 
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