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I am 28 weeks pregnant.<br>
We are planning a midwife-attended homebirth.<br><br>
My last labour was VERY fast - water broke at 1:15 am, contractions started shortly after 2am, I was holding my son at 4:42 am.<br><br>
We will be discussing with our midwife what exactly she would like us to do if the baby gets here before she does soon - a discussion mostly aimed at my husband I believe. I'm just looking for information - I'm an info junkie <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I know that if the birth happens FAST like that again, then it's a good chance that everything is working exactly like it should. I am confident in my ability to handle this, and am comfortable with idea that my midwife just may not be able to make it that fast.<br><br>
I have a first-aid book around that has some information on emergency childbirth that I am going to pull out next week, as well as have DH and I both refresh our memories on how to do infant CPR (we have both been certified in the past, but both our certifications are expired by now I'm sure).<br><br>
Basically - what are the red flags that we should call in reinforcements (paramedics, etc) if the birth happens before the midwife shows up ? How will we recognize a hemoragh ?<br><br>
I get the don't cut the cord, keep the baby warm idea - it's beyond that that I'm fuzzy on.<br><br>
Thanks
 

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I think one of the best things to do is to call your mw on her cell phone and she can talk you (or in this case, your husband) through any warning signs, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
What will probably happen is you may call your mw really early - too early, actually - and she'll be at your house awhile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> which isn't bad if you have brownies!<br><br>
I like the book Emergency Childbirth by Gregory White, MD. It's easy to read, easy to understand and you can get it on Amazon.com
 

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I'll have to check and see if they have it at our library first - money is always super tight around here.<br><br>
I like the idea of having our mw talk DH through things though - that makes sense.<br><br>
My mw and I get along great - on a personal level (emails, sharing pictures of our children, etc.) so having her here longer would be nice
 
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