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ok Thank you to all of you who have helped as DH and I struggled to make a decision that was right for us. It was hard to leave a MW we loved, but ultimately the hospital that she was working at was more than I could handle.<br>
Now I have a few questions.<br>
1.) Are there any books or videos focused on homebirth for my other children?<br>
2.) Should we plan to have a doula still? With my others I used a doula mainly as a liasion to get my way at the hosp <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
3.) Are there any "must haves" for laboring and birthing at home?<br>
4.) At what point in your pregnancy should I everything set up, such as the tub, and all the supplies?<br>
5.) (finally) do you still pack a hosp back, just in case, or not worry about it?<br><br>
BTW we are birthing with a CPM, if that makes a difference.
 

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It depends on who you're birthing with. The CPM I used brought two assistants with her and I can honestly say that I wouldn't have needed a doula with my last baby.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I didn't worry about packing a hospital bag. There's like a 95% chance that you'll end up having the baby at home and packing to go to the hospital was just something I didn't want to fool with.
 

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2.) Should we plan to have a doula still? With my others I used a doula mainly as a liasion to get my way at the hosp <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
We had a doula for our homebirth and really loved her support. Our reasoning was to have someone there to support dh so he could support me. I think it worked great and she was awesome.<br><br>
3.) Are there any "must haves" for laboring and birthing at home?<br><br>
I really liked having a birth pool available. I used a fishy pool last time and am thinking of getting an Aquaborn pool this time since I'm fairly tall and the fishy pool was a little shallow for my needs.<br><br>
4.) At what point in your pregnancy should I everything set up, such as the tub, and all the supplies?<br><br>
I think we had everything together at 38 weeks (maybe it was 36). My mw does a home visit and I think she likes to see that you've got stuff together.<br><br>
5.) (finally) do you still pack a hosp back, just in case, or not worry about it?<br><br>
Nope, we don't pack a bag because there isn't really anything I can think I need to take with me for an emergency transfer.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ok Thank you to all of you who have helped as DH and I struggled to make a decision that was right for us. It was hard to leave a MW we loved, but ultimately the hospital that she was working at was more than I could handle.<br>
Now I have a few questions.<br>
1.) Are there any books or videos focused on homebirth for my other children?<br>
2.) Should we plan to have a doula still? With my others I used a doula mainly as a liasion to get my way at the hosp <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
3.) Are there any "must haves" for laboring and birthing at home?<br>
4.) At what point in your pregnancy should I everything set up, such as the tub, and all the supplies?<br>
5.) (finally) do you still pack a hosp back, just in case, or not worry about it?<br><br>
BTW we are birthing with a CPM, if that makes a difference.</div>
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Congratulations! I'm having my 2nd HB in a few wks and my ds is almost 3.<br>
1. We've been watching waterbirths together (hoping that works out this time) on a video called "born in water." He watches the whole thing every time and won't let me turn it off until he's seen all the babies born. We talk about how some of the moms make a lot of the noise and some don't make any and we make birthing sounds together. We also got a book called "I watched my brother being born" which tells the story of a birth from the perspective of about a 10 year old. There's also a kid's book called "Welcome with love" about homebirth that is lovely.<br><br>
As far as the other questions go, I would take them to my midwife. Doulas are always great, no matter where you're birthing!<br><br>
Have fun!<br>
Melissa
 

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Though I would not pack a bag for a transfer I do wish I had brushed up on hospital policy. My MW (in California) had a high transfer rate (1/4) so the chances of going where up there, I guess. Maybe it depends on your MW transfer rate. If you do go it helps to know what to be aware of, yk?
 

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yes, have a doula... specifically Jessica. No... don't pack a bag.
 

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I too am planning my first homebirth, after 2 csections (one an almost vbac). I will be having a doula (Jessica Groves). I feel that my husband will need the additional support as will I since we are having a HBA2C.<br><br>
Congrats and good luck!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ok Thank you to all of you who have helped as DH and I struggled to make a decision that was right for us. It was hard to leave a MW we loved, but ultimately the hospital that she was working at was more than I could handle.<br>
Now I have a few questions.<br>
1.) Are there any books or videos focused on homebirth for my other children?<br>
2.) Should we plan to have a doula still? With my others I used a doula mainly as a liasion to get my way at the hosp <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
3.) Are there any "must haves" for laboring and birthing at home?<br>
4.) At what point in your pregnancy should I everything set up, such as the tub, and all the supplies?<br>
5.) (finally) do you still pack a hosp back, just in case, or not worry about it?<br><br>
BTW we are birthing with a CPM, if that makes a difference.</div>
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If you do choose to go with a doula, I live in Western Maryland, owner of Western Maryland Doulas. You can visit our website at <a href="http://www.westernmddoulas.webs.com" target="_blank">www.westernmddoulas.webs.com</a><br>
We will be willing to travel to you.<br>
Or you can email me at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>
 

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The whole concept of packing a hospital bag seems to be controversial, there is a thread about it on the homebirth forum. I think it depends on what kind of person you are. I always pack a bag, because if I were to transfer, it would be important to me to have some things of my own to help myself and my family be comfortable. Another thing to remember is that some mothers transfer after the birth for various reasons. The kind of things I pack include: a change of clothes, a toiletry bag with my own products (I wouldn't want to use all of the harsh chemical soaps, etc), a change of clothes and blanket for the baby, a comfy nursing bra, socks, my own pads, diapers, lotions, aromatherapy, index cards and a marker (for signs on the basinette, like "no-vaccines" or "no formula"), snacks and coconut water (so I don't have to eat something disgusting or be starved by the staff). It might be a good idea to have some things for your partner, like a change of clothes or something to read. It took me about 10 minutes to pack a bag and I was glad to have it just in case. It is also fun to unpack after the birth! You can also use the stuff straight out of your bag after the birth, it can just be a handy place to keep your postpartum stuff. It doesn't have to be a big deal. And for those who are superstitious, I remember one of the midwives saying "those who pack the bag, never seem to need it."
 

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Did you know there is a whole Homebirth forum on here? There is a HUGE amount of advice and be sure to review the Stickys. Welcome!
 

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Thanks everyone,<br>
We had a beautiful and peaceful homebirth on Jan 26th.<br>
I appreciate all the wisdom and advice given.
 
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