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**This is long... the summary of my questions is bolded below for scanners.<br><br>
My older sister had a VBAC a few years ago. When she did, my mom (a CNM) told her that having an HBAC would be well-nigh impossible in Phoenix. I guess my sister just recently mentioned to my mom something about having another baby, and Mom told her that even if it's her 2nd after the c/s, she would either have to lie or not have a homebirth because even where my mom is in Texas, they don't really let vbacs happen at home or something to that effect.<br><br>
I live in Hawaii for right now and just the homebirth situation in and of itself is going to be hard enough, let alone a vbac. My DH and I are planning on leaving Hawaii before ttc our next. One of the things I'm concerned about is that I want to move to an area which is non-vax friendly, homeschool-friendly, and midwife/homebirth friendly. I don't think it's possible for me to have a baby naturally in a hospital under hardly any circumstances. I just have too many hang-ups about hospitals which I don't think are possible to fix. I just don't feel safe in them.<br>
I don't want another C/S. I will not consider one unless me or my baby will die: Prolapse, previa, abruption, or rupture. I think that's pretty much it. I will not consider pitocin at all. I do not want continuous monitoring for any reason. A couple minutes every 20-30 minutes, fine, but not continuous. I won't accept a hep/saline lock or an IV unless I actually am about to use it.<br>
Basically I don't want anything they would feel obligated to force/coerce me into "consenting" to at a hospital.<br><br>
So Texas was formerly very high on my list of places, but I'm worried about being able to find a homebirth midwife or birth center who will accept a primary vbac.<br><br><b>So, who has had a HBAC and where? How hard was it to find a MW? Birth center? Has anyone found someone in Tx? Where?</b>
 

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Washington state is very homeschool friendly (I think one of the friendliest in the country), and an HBAC is fairly easy to get in the Seattle-Tacoma area (not sure about Spokane). I had one, but had to travel to Seattle to get it.<br><br>
The non-vaxxing thing seems fine. I don't vax my kids, and have never had an issue.
 

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Michigan supports all three. homebirth midwives are not regulated and there are MANY great ones who do VBAC. Homeschooling is not regulated at all. I don't even have to tell anybody that I have school aged kids. There are also waivers for non-vax parents if they want to public/private school their kids, and it's NOT just for religious reasons. You say you don't want to vax them, and that's that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Washington state is very homeschool friendly (I think one of the friendliest in the country), and an HBAC is fairly easy to get in the Seattle-Tacoma area (not sure about Spokane). I had one, but had to travel to Seattle to get it.<br><br>
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I think it must depend on who you use as a midwife because in many areas of WA state, malpractice insurance prohibits midwives from caring for those who have had a previous csection. That is probably why you had to travel.
 

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Florida is very HBAC friendly. You will need an OB consult for your first HBAC, but once you have a successful VBAC you will no longer need an OB consult if you become pregnant again.
 

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I live in Texas and am having a VBAC at a free standing birth center. There are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">many</span> CPM's here in the Dallas area that assist HBACs. Here is a good tool to find Texas midwives, many of them have their websites linked:<br><br><a href="http://www.texasmidwives.com/findamidwife.asp" target="_blank">http://www.texasmidwives.com/findamidwife.asp</a>
 

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I am in the Houston area. It is very much what you are looking for! Texas is VERY homeschool friendly, non-vax friendly (you can get an exemption for "reason of conscience"), and homebirth friendly. I've now had two HBACs with a fabulous CPM here whom I highly recommend for those looking to HBAC. There are no restrictions on being "approved" by a back-up OB (such as in FL), though I don't know of any birth centers that take VBAC here due to liability insurance issues. I could NOT have VBAC'd in a hospital - there's no question that my labors are just "too long," and I would've wound up right where I did the first time.<br><br>
For Houston midwives, you can also look at <a href="http://www.houstonmidwives.org/" target="_blank">http://www.houstonmidwives.org/</a> in addition to the Texas listings linked above. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We just moved to the puget sound (Washington) from Portland, Oregon. Portland is very non-vax, homeschool, friendly. Also it has a ton of choices for homebirth, HBACing, and even allows VBAC (after one c-section) in the birth center there.<br><br>
We moved to the kitsap penninsula, which is not VBAC friendly, even the hospitals, and I have had to search to find a midwife who will take me. We have to be hush hush about it... I miss Portland!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We just moved to the puget sound (Washington) from Portland, Oregon. Portland is very non-vax, homeschool, friendly. Also it has a ton of choices for homebirth, HBACing, and even allows VBAC (after one c-section) in the birth center there.<br><br>
We moved to the kitsap penninsula, which is not VBAC friendly, even the hospitals, and I have had to search to find a midwife who will take me. We have to be hush hush about it... I miss Portland!</div>
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I second portland as very homeschool friendly, no vax friendly and HBAC is soo very very open here. I have even found many MW's who are will to attend me once I get PG again and I have had 3 c/s.
 

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Oh, fantastic. It's good to know that we have choices. How close is Portland to Mt. St. Helen? My geography's a little fuzzy. I know Portland's in Oregon, and Mt. St. Helen's in Washington, but not how close they are. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And I know it might sound silly, but... that volcano just freaks me out. Also, is that where it's really rainy a lot? Like Seattle? How much sun do you get in a week?<br><br>
I guess I can move Texas back to the top of my list; I don't really want to move to Houston, but I would prolly be ok with Dallas. Anyone have an HBAC in/near San Antonio?<br><br>
Michigan might be too... um, cold. I have only played in the snow once. In my whole entire life. I went to south lake Tahoe w/a group for the military for a weekend once and I went snowboarding. It was fun... but WAY cold. I'm like a lizard, I need sun and heat.
 
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