Not sure where the concern about prematurity is coming from? The OP didn't mention anything about going through with a UC for a very premature baby.
Oh I see -- Cara said that. Well, I agree, a 25-week old baby is not going to survive outside the womb without special care. I have to say, though, that not everyone would consider it the right thing to do to go to extreme measures to attempt to make a 1-lb. baby live; some people would rather a peaceful death at home than months in an NICU and possible life-long disabilities and health issues.
Anyway... to the OP, yes, it is definitely something only you can decide for yourself, as everyone has different comfort levels and different situations. Personally, weight isn't an issue for me in itself. Overweight or obese women can have perfectly healthy pregnancies, but if the obesity is creating health problems, then it's obviously something (the health issues, not the weight gain necessarily) that you need to keep a close watch on, and you can do that as well (or better, probably) than a doctor.
I know next to nothing about bicornate uterus, but I know there's been a lot of talk about that in the other birth forums, just recently I saw a thread about homebirthers with that condition. Maybe talking to others who have also done research and have some experience would help in making your decision.
The bleeding... well, without knowing more of the details, all I can say is that which ever choice you make, you are still the one who is expected to be on top of that. Regardless of whether you are UCing or planning a homebirth or hospital birth, you will still be in the same position of needing to seek help if something isn't right.
Originally Posted by ella-makes-3
Does cord prolase not happen immediately? Or very quickly at least? I was under the impression that if cord prolapse is happening, then it is a matter of a couple of minutes to get the baby birthed as quickly as possible.
It's a serious emergency, but even in the hospital they're not going to get the baby born in a matter of minutes (unless it's already ready to be born, in which case the baby would be born as quicly at home.) When it becomes apparent that there is a cord prolapse, whether in a homebirth or a hospital, and the birth is not imminent (like going to happen in a few minutes,) the mother is put in a position that takes the pressure off the cord (kneeling with chest down on knees,) the cord is put back in the vagina (if it is actually hanging out) and something protective (like a warm cloth) put over the vagina. Assuming that the baby's head is not putting the pressure on the cord and the cord is protected from the air, there is no immediate danger. In hospitals the time from "decision to delivery" is typically 30 minutes in an emergency situation, and most cord prolapse babies do so well for even that long, that the majority don't even end up in the NICU. (Sorry, too lazy to provide sources, but they are all over the place if you just google "cord prolapse protocol".)