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I have currently been seeing an OB who turned out to be not as natural birth friendly and so now I am back at unassisted. I am currently registered at the hospital, so I was planning to "just not make it in time", then call and show up to get the birth certificate and other documentation. I was wondering if they could try to claim negligence on the parents' parent and get CPS on us or try to force any procedures on my baby. If I called and said that the baby was born at home, would they send an ambulance if she was okay? Has anyone had any experience with this situation or have any advice to give? I would greatly appreciate it.
 

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i haven't had this experience.<br><br>
but the common practice in this area is to simply call the OB after (not the hospital, btu the office) and say that you accidently had the baby at home. then, if you want, take the baby to the doctor (ped, family doc, whatever) for a check up.<br><br>
then, get the birth certificate on your own (i am pretty sure there is a sticky about it), and don't worry about the hospital at all.<br><br>
generally, nothing happens.
 

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this is what we are planning on doing <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 needed to transfer to hospital for stitches after my UC and I called ahead. They told me NOT to bring my baby; I had to come alone. H1N1 policy I am assuming by the note on the L+D ward.<br><br>
I was treated well but I have read all kinds of stories in the birth stories sticky.<br><br>
The OB that supervised my CNM was VERY angry. He refused to sign off that I had prenatal care (which was not mandatory for a BC just for the health dept records.) They give you a whole month to get the BC here.<br><br>
Besides the OB who I never actually met being lame about the paperwork which the lady at the health dept told him he was wrong and apologized for him, I was surprised how well it all went but again it all varies greatly by your location. I live in a super natural/liberal area. the worst part was leaving my baby I wish i had someone to come stitch me at home. Good Luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">this is what we are planning on doing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Me too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I would not bring my baby to a hospital unless he or she needed medical care. Many posters here have had the unfortunate experience of medical professionals punishing their newborns for the crime of being born out of the hospital. They are labelled "septic births" and put in the NICU and given antibiotics, blood draws and so on - for no reason. Obviously this is traumatic for the baby and traumatic for you, and some mothers have had breastfeeding difficulty due to the forced separation.<br><br>
I would not call 911. I would not call the hospital.<br><br>
I'd call the pediatrician's office within a day or two (assuming baby is fine) and just get an appointment. Then, after the ped has seen the baby I'd call the OB's OFFICE and just let them know you had a precipitous birth, everybody is fine, baby's been seen by pediatrician. I can't imagine they would try to make you come in after a couple of days and the baby already having been seen; if they try, obviously decline and repeat that the baby has been seen and is fine.<br><br>
I don't know what state you or in or what the procedure for a brith certificate is in your state, but there is really just no way that you couldn't get a birth certificate even birthing unattended. It happens, they have to have a procedure for it. They will probably make weird comments and make you jump through pointless hoops but it can be done. I would not risk my newborn just for the paperwork. You'll figure it out one way or another.
 

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this is kind of a plan that we have.<br><br>
I wonder with this being my 9th labor, if they would buy, " i didnt know i was in labor" LOL
 

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I had what appeared to be a UC on paper because my midwife was a DEM and thus not legal in my state. She could not sign any documents or verify any records of delivery so I was on my own to get everything. I simply called my ped the day after delivery and said I had a homebirth and needed DD to get checked out. At that time he wrote a brief note stating that DD was born at home in good health and I forwarded that along with a copy of her visit from that day to the office of vital records to get a birth certificate.<br><br>
Every state, city and county have different rules regarding this but all it usually takes is a phone call or two to figure out what you need to do. DO NOT go to the hospital unless you NEED to!! That will just complicate things.<br><br>
Happy birthing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I went to the hospital after the delivery of my LO, with a retained placenta and the need for a bunch of stitches. I did use an ambulance because I was a little dizzy from the blood I had lost and I knew my insurance would cover the whole cost. I left my LO at home with my mother as I did not want her to be taken for observation or to battle against any tests or vaccines. Either way though they would not have issued a birth certificate for her homebirth because she wasn't born in the hospital. I'm wondering where you got the idea that they would issue you one, as I've never heard of that happening to anyone before.<br><br>
Anyway they did ask me what happened, and I said that I had a homebirth to all that asked, and when I had further complications and as questioned about who my midwife was told them that I was unassisted. I didn't get a lot of gruff, they were asking mostly because they had quetsions about the labor (how long, how big, blah, blah) and pregnancy (like bp, pre-e, yadda, yadda). I did get flagged to be seen by the hospitals social worker because of my lack of official prenatal records (I mostly UP'd saw a doctor at 14 weeks and 26) but that seemed to be more that they wanted to make sure I hadn't avoided regular prenatal care because of drugs, domestic abuse or mental illness. I gave a clear explanation that I made an educated choice to provide most of my own prenatal care, and deliver myself because it was the safest for me and my baby. The social worker said that it was evident that I was well prepared to handle things myself, and she was impressed that I had done so learning much on my own.<br><br>
Personally if you UC without complications I'd bring your LO to the doctor the next day. I had told the ped I choose that I was planning a UC, and she simply said that she'd like to see the baby next working day if possible. We did this no problems. And if you do have complications (you or your baby) just pull that oops homebirth card. It's easy with little questions from outsiders.<br><br>
Looking forward to your birth story. Have a great labor!
 

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I agree with the pp's. I had a UC and then transfered for a piece of retained placenta. They can not issue a birth certificate and I wouldn't take baby unless baby was not doing well and needed emergency care. They tried to get us to stay 36 hours, did multiple blood sugar tests on dd and other blood tests to make sure I wasn't a drug addict and that she wasn't diabetic since she was "so big" at 8 lbs 4 oz. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I would not go through that pita again. There's no need to go to the hospital if you and baby are fine. That's kind of the point of homebirth and UCs.
 

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With one of my unplanned unassited births, I ended up giving birth in my parents bathroom, I had no choice about 911 being called.. I know once they dialed 911 I pushed as hard as I could and got that baby out before the ambulance got to their house.. I had no trouble with the 911 operator and she stated to wait till the ambulance got their to cut the cord. When the ambulance got to my parents house they did the cord cutting and gave me a hour to expel the placenta which it didnt come out.. But i got to sit there and adore this new baby of mine.. They did want to give me a IV but i told them no and they told me it was my right to decline and off to the hospital we went.. It took a hour for the doctor to arrive, but that was fine with me my placenta finally decided to come out 5 minutes before the doctor got to my room.. It was so surreal, I knew they would want to keep the baby in the hospital but i said very casually that we could just go home, he wanted to do the eye onitment and the vitamin K shot.. I used my bartering power and only ended up with the vit K shot. And we were out of the hospital.. I had my daughter at 7 pm and we were on our way by 10pm.. The story goes on that I got a ride to the hospital in a ambulance and my husband took his truck so my car was still at my moms house, my husband had to go to work the next day and didnt want me to alone all day without some thing to drive so we went back to my parents and I drove my car home, (he followed behind) Thngs could not of gone any smoother, but I know this story isnt like the most.. Scarey things can happen when you transfer.. But I just wanted to give a postive story.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I have fast labors and I told my MWs that I wasn't going to risk having a baby on the side of the road if it was going to be another fast one.They smiled and patted me on my head stating every baby's different blah blah.#4 was a couple of days overdue and came 20 minutes after my water broke and 40 minutes from first this is real labor contraction.I had him on Sat and called the hospital on Mon to start the registering process since DH is in the military and I needed to get him on DH's records and get a BC in order for the baby to even be seen by a ped and be covered by insurance.In order to get a BC I had to have a Drs letter stating that the baby had been born ( although they would have taken our gate guard's word or a ambulance driver or police officer's word over me or my mom) in order to get him into records and the BC.We went on Tues started the process.I did have my baby with me but they never touched him or tried to, I was asked several times what happened, once even as we were leaving the office.I told them it was basically an oops that I had prepared for just in case since I know my history.I am guessing they believed me because I never got any bother from staff or CPS.He was seen by the ped on Wed and the Dr was kinda puzzled because there wasn't much to do since he obviously didn't need the eye gunk or K shot and looked just fine.<br>
It was so funny because every person I talked to and every Dept I went to the people acted so stunned as if this was the first UC that they had ever come across, when I knew several mamas had recently had thier babies UC as well.My neighbor a couple of houses down had her baby in her house ( unplanned but still) the week before.They did call 911 and were made to stay in hospital and were treated as if they were covered in highly toxic bacteria.<br>
This pregnancy they finally put in my chart precipitous labors.
 

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i planned an UC from the start so did an UP as well. i got my bc and ssn no problem without proof of pg or birth. having a uc is not illegal.<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span>
 

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Mine was a planned oops. We were planning on going with a UC as long as I felt it was still right during labour. But it was soo fast that it would have been an oops even if I hadn't planned on it.<br><br>
Here's my story.<br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=669634" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=669634</a>
 

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I had to post here. We UC'd our first baby (planned) and didn't go to the hospital until he was 3 days old (we wouldn't have gone at ALL but my mom freaked out until we said we'd take the baby in to get checked. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
So we were treated like criminals when we went in anyway, basically UC'ers generally don't go to the hospital afterwards unless there's a problem of course. The whole thing is in my birth story, it's around here somewhere, lol!<br><br>
If you don't have problems, maybe wait a few days before going anywhere, they had even wanted to put that eye crap into his eyes (I have heard it can contribute to eye problems later in life, according to Dr. Mendelsohn - I love his book How to raise a health child IN SPITE of your doctor), but apparently it was 'too late' to do that. Though I did let them do the vitamin K shot, I really regret that! I read that it may be implicated in childhood leukemia.<br><br>
Oh, also they most likely won't issue a birth certificate, you could ask a social worker about that, but they probably won't do it since it wasn't a hospital birth. We called the vital statistics office and asked for an application for home birth which we got in the mail. Depending on your state will depend on what you need to 'verify' the fact that you gave birth. We mailed the piece of paper we got from the hospital because it had his name, address etc on it, but they LOST IT and then didn't say anything. So they accepted a faxed copy of the hospital wrist band they used for my baby. I later found out I could have used a copy of the medical record of the pediatrician I took him to when he was 3 weeks old, had to use that when I went to get the SS card (I waited more than a year to get the BC, so I had to go to the SS office instead of getting the card in the mail). I also needed two witnesses to verify that I was pregnant and we got that notarized and sent it in for the BC. Every state is different, there is a thread on here about what you are supposed to do for different states. Or just get a home birth app sent to you early so you can read what is needed.<br><br>
Hope this helps, and trust your instincts, they really are your best guide. <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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Have a healthy baby at home then go to the hospital???? nooooo thank you! I found out what I needed to get a birth certificate in my state and got it myself. It never entered my mind that I would go to the hospital unless something was wrong.
 

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you get a birth certificate from your local Dept of Vital Statistics. They didn't give me any hassle or proof of pregnancy(but I had it with me anyway)...
 

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I wonder with this being my 9th labor, if they would buy, " i didnt know i was in labor" LOL</div>
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For your 9th... I think its better to go with... it just happened so fast we didn't have a chance to call anyone!
 

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I suggest calling to find out how you would get a birth cert. if by chance you did not make it to the hospital. This is what I did even though our UC was planned. I am glad I did because they only gave us a couple days to sign and return the papers. I had the lady's name and number ready and called her right away. As far as the OB, I was in the same situation (thought he was more natural than he was). I called after hours once baby was born and left a message that baby was born, we were doing great and I wanted to follow up with him. The funny part is that I never even called to say I was in labor. I was too busy laboring <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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