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<p>I'm barely joining the July ranks, as my EDD is the 31st. </p>
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<p>I was expecting August, as Nov/Dec is our fertile time and all three of ours are August babies, but we didn't make it into August.</p>
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<p>Expecting a homebirth, probably with a midwife.  Our first was a hospital with epidural, 2nd was natural in hospital and our 3rd was u/c with just the two of us at home.</p>
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<p>Blessings to everyone!</p>
 

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<p>Welcome!  You still might end up with another August baby.  You never know.  <img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></p>
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<p>Congratulations and welcome!!!  I think it's pretty awesome that you had a u/c.  My husband actually suggested that this time when we thought we were going to have to pay for the entire homebirth, but turns out our insurance will cover most of it.  We also wanted to do one with our 3rd child, because homebirth is illegal in GA, where we were living at the time, but he was deployed and I couldn't risk doing that without him.  Turns out he ended up being home for the birth, but we just didn't know how it would turn out, so didn't take the chance.  We'll do another midwife-assisted homebirth this time.  </p>
 

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<p>Congratulations to you also!</p>
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<p>We were living in GA, which is why we had a u/c and no ultrasound.  We were going to have to head to the extreme northern part of GA to have one done. </p>
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<p>All of our children were born in GA.  Two were both in Athens and our third was born in Alpharetta.  We moved to NWFL a month after he was born.  I had to go back to ATL to file for his birth certificate.</p>
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<p>Ironically, we temporarily moved away to NC this year (for health reasons for my husband) but are headed back down to the same town in FL in about a week.</p>
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<p>We are self-employed, so the insurance thing is interesting with us.  The midwife that I want to use in FL called a little while ago, but we were Skyping with my husband and telling the kids that we are having another.  He's been in FL for most of the last 8 months (with only 3 visits - one this last month) while we have been up here, so this is a huge transition for all of us.  All job-related, which is why we are moving back down.  That and it's home for us. </p>
 

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<p>hi, ladies... i just wanted to say (in case there are other GA mamas out there) that there are some really good midwives in the ATL area who are willing to homebirth. </p>
<p>It's actually not technically 'illegal' per se in GA,  it is that the legal requirement is that midwives have a dr. to back them up in emergency, and there are basically no drs. who will do so.</p>
<p>If anyone's interested for future reference they can pm me and i'll try to find the name of the midwife i was in dialogue with back with planning a birth for dc1.  that lady was awesome but as it turns out, i have/had complications that would have sent me to have a hospital birth regardless of the attempt at homebirth. </p>
<p>congratulations to you guys!  reikimama, an u/c is awesome!  i bet it was so special. </p>
 

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<p>You are right.  The laws in GA are "funny" regarding homebirthing with a midwife.  I know that there was an MD who was backing up midwives in Athens who almost lost his hospital rights because of it, so he had to officially not be supportive of homebirth.</p>
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<p>Our ped in ATL was great.  It was Dr. Abrams.  He said to have a plan B and he'd see us afterwards.  I called their office the night DS was born and they said, "If everything is okay with the baby, see you on Monday."  It was Thursday evening.</p>
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<p>A U/C was awesome.  It wasn't planned completely.  I just realized over the last 3 months of pregnancy that it was a safe and viable option for us. </p>
 

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<p>Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to the July DDC!</p>
 
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<p>Yeah, I knew that about the laws and corresponded with those 2 midwives, but one was 4 hours from where we lived, and the other 3 hours, we lived in Savannah.  Ironically, the one 4 hours away was willing to come, but the other midwife, only 3 hours away was not comfortable with it.  My previous labor had been only 5 hours.  As it turned out, my labor with that baby ended up being exactly 4 hours with no prelabor build-up, I just went into hard labor, so I doubt the midwife would have made it in time.  And I wasn't willing to risk a u/c knowing that my husband may not make it back from deployment before the birth.  So we went to a birth center 30 minutes away in Rincon, but it was my least favorite birth of all 4.</p>
 

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<p>That's the only free-standing birthing center in GA, isn't it?  At least when I was there it was. </p>
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<p>The midwives we were seeing at the beginning were an hour and a half without ATL traffic and much, much longer with traffic.  My first labour was long but that was my fault.  My second labour was 1 hour of hard labour.  The third was the same way.  I did know earlier that day that he was going to be born that day but until hard labour hit, I had no idea when.</p>
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<p>Plus, we had been living in FL for 2 months (in a hotel suite because he is a singer) in June and July.  We had the birth kit with us and had already decided to just have the baby when and wherever it happened.  It scared the heck out of those that were performing with him.  <span><img alt="orngtongue.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif">  All the housekeepers and hotel staff were making bets on when the baby would show his/her face and what sex the baby would be.  It was 4 days after we returned to GA, which is why I didn't reconnect with the MWs up there.</span></p>
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<p>Our midwife this time will be within 30 minutes of us. </p>
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<p>Honestly, I want a MW there.  I'm not a happy camper when I am in pain and DH was great, but I basically just told him to leave me alone until I was ready to give birth.  Like I said, not a happy camper and he would have strewn rose petals around the room if I had asked.  I just wanted to be left alone in the shower until my water broke.</p>
 
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