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i know that i tend to labor and deliver quickly. i'm maybe a little worried that this baby (my third) will show up before the midwife does. therefore, i'm looking for book or website suggestions that tell you how to do it on your own (not even the actual delivery, i know how to do that! but the aftercare, making sure the baby is ok, dealing with the cord, etc.). i don't necessarily want a UC, but i'd like to be prepared for the possibility, becuase you just never know!<br><br>
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At my 37 week apt my mw does an 'emergency childbirth class' for DH and I just in case....I would ask your mw about that. There is also a book called "Emergency Childbirth" (I think that is the name) that would be nice to have handy.
 

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my midwife was too late for the delivery when I was born,. my parents had taken the Bradley method and in the bradlley teachings there is a section on emergency childbirth. you can go to the library and get out on book it or just look on line. type in emergency childbirth guide lines.<br>
In class when I teach about emergency childbirth I tell my students, if you are a fast birthing mom, chances are everything is going to be fine. its the births that take 40+ hours and mom and baby are tired, baby is stressed, mec comes out etc. the fast ones usually go smoothly. I do suggest going and getting some infant CPR classes. that is the best thing you can do. having dad catch the baby is a piece of cake. looking for the cord around the neck is always somthing to keep in mind. having baby blankets next to the bed and in the car might be a good idea.<br>
remember, DON"T CUT THE CORD. call 911 and have them come over if the midwife is too far away. if she is close 10 15 mins from arriving and everying thing feels fine. then just wait for her. delivering the placenta. wrap it up in a blanket and keep it next to mom. what you need to worry about is bleeding. that is the main reason for calling 911 or if baby is not looking well (breathing etc) but if the midwife is close by then she can take care of it.
 

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Dr White's book on emergency childbirth- simple and old but good.<br>
but really if you call the midwife and she is on the way and you have the baby then just use some blankets to dry the baby off then cover you and the baby with a dry blanket, keep the room warm. put a hat on the baby, and wait for the midwife to come. she can help you deliver the placenta and she will have sterilized instruments and cord clamps. If you were preparing for a UC it would be a different story, and I would probably recommend reading several midwifery and birth books
 

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<a href="http://www.1cascade.com/bookstore_products/pregnancy_and_birth/emergency_childbirth_by_gregory_white_md/emergency_childbirth_by_gregory_white_md" target="_blank">Link to order Dr. White's Emergency Childbirth</a> book.<br><br>
This actually happend to me with my 5th. I had a history of fast labors, but the mw had made it with the previous delivery (first 3 were in a birth center and we had made it there - just barely with #3). I had a 50 minute labor from start to finish with #5 and my doula and dh wound up 'catching' the baby. The midwife showed up 10 minutes later and was mortified that she missed the delivery, but it was fine.
 

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Why not? There's no reason to rush about it (in fact, some people leave it on until it falls off of it's own accord), but if it's stopped pulsing, there's no reason not to tie it off (keep a pack of new shoelaces in the house) and cut it with a sterilised knife or scissors.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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However, if you don't want to go to the hospital, this may lead to a considerable amount of pressure to do so, possibly even police or CPS, depending on the mindset in your area.<br><br>
It might be helpful to read up on some UC sites just in case.
 

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I look at it as, why <i>would</i> you clamp it early (which to me, means before the placenta is born)? There is almost never a reason <i>to</i> but there are reasons <i>not</i> to cut or tie off the cord even if you think it's stopped pulsing. For one, you may not see or feel it, but blood transfer may still be occurring. And contrary to common practice in hospitals (and even for many midwives) you should wait until the placenta is delivered before you clamp, for your own benefit. This ensures that the blood transfer is indeed complete, making the chance of maternal hemmorhage less. I don't have a lot of time right now, but this might be an interesting report (but I've just skimmed it: )<br><a href="http://mwia.regional.org.au/papers/papers/13_delavar2.htm" target="_blank">http://mwia.regional.org.au/papers/p...3_delavar2.htm</a><br><br>
Also to save time- copying the links in this thread from I'm Pregnant: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=216894" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=216894</a><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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thank you for the suggestions everyone! i'll definitely look into those books and sites. hopefully, the situation won't occur! it makes me feel better to know i can just leave the cord, and i think that calling 911 would only be an option if there really was an emergency, not just a baby.<br><br>
again, thanks!
 

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And don't forget that every birth is different. My first was born 1.5 hours (yes! only 90 minutes!) after I felt the first contraction. I was prepared to have a UC for my second just in case the midwife didn't make it in time, but his labor ended up being 26 hours long!
 

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I birth really fast too. I bought us "The Emergency Childbirth" book to have just in case. I figured it made DH feel alittle more comfortable knowing this info. He was really nervous after the midwife barely made it to our first. But she made it in time with our second. We'll see how the third one turns out.
 

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Just wanted to pipe up & say that unless there was a problem with baby I felt I couldn't handle, I would be really reluctatnt to call 911. If I'd just achieved an unassisted birth (unplanned at that!) the *last* freakin' thing I would want is paramedics descending on me & my baby. Their training is in lifethreatening emegencies, and, well, I feel confident in predicting that it would be one of those situations where "if you have a hammer, every problem becomes a nail" if you KWIM.
 
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