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A little late in the game perhaps...<br><br>
I've been thinking more about my mw being on vacation the 12-19th of June (EDD 6/25) and the possibility of resorting to being delivered by the ob that she works under... and it doesn't leave me too happy.<br><br>
I've heard WONDERFUL things about this dr. BUT my impression of him doesn't leave me with butterflies... He's just really quiet, introverted maybe? Besides, I really wanted a different feeling for this birth as it may be my last one.<br><br>
Here in Hawaii there are NO CNM's able to perform "legal" homebirths, and I could never get my insurance to pay for a Hb. However, I'm connected with some great people, very knowledgeable and I've had two uncomplicated (other than med. interventions that were less than nec).<br><br>
So I have tons of questions, but the one weighing on my mind most of all, silly as it maybe ...<br><br>
How is the clean up? Assuming I have all the pads, coverings, and such... would this be something really time consuming? Obviously I wont be up to cleaning, and my dh is rather weak when it comes to blood.<br><br>
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So are you looking to have a HB with a MW or UC? If you have a MW, they do all the cleanup for you! We had not a single thing left to do, once they got us snuggled up in bed they cleaned everything up and even did laundry.
 

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How is the clean up? Assuming I have all the pads, coverings, and such... would this be something really time consuming? Obviously I wont be up to cleaning, and my dh is rather weak when it comes to blood.<br><br>
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Balancedmama's right, if you're having a MW or even competent friends at the birth, they'll take care of the clean-up in a matter of minutes. No worries!<br><br>
Worst case, let's assume it's just you and dh, it's not much. If you birth in water, all the gross stuff gets pumped out the window into your backyard. If you birth on dry land, it's caught on chux pads which get folded and tossed in the garbage. Line a couple of laundry totes with garbage bags during labor - one for garbage and one for linens. Throw one away and the other right into the washing machine.<br><br>
Easy, peasy! Definitely don't let the clean-up prevent you from homebirthing. I've had 3 hb's and don't remember a bit about the clean-up from any of them.
 

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I had to laugh with your question about the cleanup. My mom's a CNM and she doesn't understand why on earth anyone would want a homebirth for exactly that reason. Her philosophy is, "birth is messy - let someone else clean it up!" (granted, she always practiced in a very low intervention hospital setting and even when she gave birth to the three of us (grown) kids in the 1970s they were intervention-free births - so I don't think she sees or really understands how bad some hospitals have gotten).<br><br>
Personally, I have care established in 2 places so that if one falls through (my MWs are still working on a backup for my VBAC) I still have a reasonable choice. Maybe you can do the same? Plan on your usual MW and if things start to move when she's out of town, you can go to choice #2, with whom you will have already talked?
 

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Well I don't have a second choice... There's only one mw that practices in the office I'm being seen at, so unless I want to pay out of pocket my hands are tied.<br><br>
I just wish someone could hand me a sticky with the date that I'll deliver... I just keep thinking if I should deliver while she's out of town I'll wish I had just planned to do it at home...<br><br>
But I've never even attempted a homebirth, and while I feel rather positive my dh is less than certain...<br><br>
Blah!!<br><br>
I know I'm not making ANY sense... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br><b>Edited to say:</b> I have a handful of hospitals at my disposal... No birth centers here in Hawaii... Tripler (aka Cripler) is the closest, and Kapiolani is the best for neonate care... but Castle (my 1st choice) is smaller, and more naturally focused...<br><br>
Tripler has midwives on staff, at weird times...its the luck of the draw...no guarantee...
 

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My MW was a dream when it came to the cleaning up, amazing in fact.<br><br>
I don't have any practical advice because things work so differently over here but I have to say it was the single best thing to have ever happened to me and I feel blessed to have had that opportunity.
 
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