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Where are you planning on giving birth?

  • At the hospital

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  • Free-standing birth center

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  • Midwife-assisted homebirth

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  • Unassisted homebirth

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Just curious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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We're planning another MW-assited homebirth. DD was born at the hospital, DS at home. Definitely prefer the latter. I'm so excited!!
 

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I chose unassisted homebirth. The long of it is, that I use a MW for on & off prenatals when I want. Our deal is that she gives me an hour long massage & we chat about whatever. It's hard to pass up a massage every month! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
As we did with our last baby, I don't know that we'll call her or not. I don't want her at the birth, but my DH likes a safety net. If he feels the need, he'll call her to attend the birth, but her job is to stay down stairs if she's called. She's not to come up stairs unless I call for her.<br><br>
So, if my DH calls the MW, it won't technically be "unassisted", but it would be "unhindered".
 

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Same as Spark <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> basically, minus massage.... LUCKY!
 

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homebirth w a midwife. i would not mind if she showed up too late, or stayed in the other room, though. like spark, my dp wants a safety net. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ds was born at home and his labor/birth went pretty fast. i'm hoping for it to happen this way again.
 

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Birth center attached to a hospital. Unless I go unassisted (not for me) it's my only option save for a straight up hospital which I don't want.
 

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I wanted to go with a birth center this time, but that's not an option since I will be trying for a VBAC. We aren't ready for a homebirth, so hospital it is.
 

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I think I'm going to plan to have the MW in the other room this time, and do things alone as much as possible. I was actually toying around with the idea of having an UP/UC this time, but DH said he wouldn't feel comfortable.<br><br>
I can't wait to hear EVERYONE'S birth story!!
 

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There is only 1 birth center here and I went for a tour and I'm not really sold on it, I got a weird vibe. Like just to use the room it's $3000, you pay ahead of time, and if you get risk out before you even deliver, I don't think you get it all back (or any of it?). I can not afford to pay for 2 births, not when my insurance will cover a hospital birth. Plus at the birth center, there is only 2 rooms and only 1 has a tub. I have a better chance having a water birth at the hospital. Our hospital's birth center is really laid back and totally pro-breastfeeding, rooming in, etc.
 

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We'll be going to the hospital again. My dd was born at a hospital by emergency c-section. Ds was a VBAC at a different hospital (we'd moved) and this one will be at the same hospital as ds. I like the thought of a homebirth, but I really just don't think it's for us. I don't think it would be very relaxing with both kids and the 2 huge dogs and the crabby cat. Plus, our house really isn't set up well for a tub or anything. And I would be really nervous to try a HBAC. I'm very comfortable with our hospital. It's more of a brithing center, really. They call it a birthing center and it's very secluded from the rest of the hospital. I hear that they just remodeled the birthing suites, too. I was happy with the room I was in for ds, and I'm really excited to see what they did to improve them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We'll be at home for sure, and still on the fence whether we'll have a midwife attend or not. If she does, she'll just be in the other room in case someone needs her unless we get along so well that I'd enjoy her company -- but I'm starting to think that she could just be in another town and be just as useful for us.<br><br><br>
Even if we do unassisted, I'm still opting for a doula just to have some extra labor support for both myself and my husband. Be nice to have extra hands for counter pressure, warm cloths, whatever.
 

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I picked unassisted homebirth but my history has been hospital births <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Ive had two preemies. Im very confident that if something were to go wrong that I could manage and plus 911 is only a call away.. I have everything needed to recusitate if there were to be a need for that (oxygen included)
 

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home again home again jiggety jog
 

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at a hospital, around here hosp or home are your choices and i had a complicated 1st preg. and birth. i need a smooth sailing birth under my belt before i attempt to HB
 

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I voted unassisted, but we're not set in concrete yet. As I get further along I feel I'll just know what the right choice is. I'm very much leaning toward UC with the birth center a distant 2nd.<br><br>
For us, MW attended homebirth is tricky locally. So I feel our options are hospital, freestanding birth center, or UC.<br><br>
I just don't totally trust myself yet, so I would love a safety net. Over time I feel like I'll gain more confidence and knowledge and be more comfortable with a UC. DH has never been short of spectacular labor/birth support, so he makes me feel very comfortable and relaxed! I really go into another world late in my labors. He's the only one who speaks my language when I'm in that place. He's also quite into the idea of a UC.
 

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I voted midwife assisted home-birth. We just started discussing moving to Florida in April, so that might change things a bit. I am considering unassisted. I do want that woman to woman support, but more in an emotionally supportive (and pain management stuff like massage, etc) way.
 

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I've heard mixed opinions on attended homebirth in FL. It's good that it's legal & insurance will totally cover it. It's bad that it has to be with a CNM that's overseen by an OB. But, then again, there are lay midwives operating in all 50 states.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've heard mixed opinions on attended homebirth in FL. It's good that it's legal & insurance will totally cover it. It's bad that it has to be with a CNM that's overseen by an OB. But, then again, there are lay midwives operating in all 50 states.</div>
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Actually...well at least where I live...my m/w's do NOT have to answer to an OB...only if there is a MAJOR problem, like you get transfered. With my last pregnancy I did gain almost 60lbs. and my m/w told me that they are SUPPOSED to check in with their "back up" if you go over 50lbs. but she let me go to 57lbs. and even then she said I DIDN'T have to see the OB, it was just a matter of a phone call to tell them that you went over 50lbs. and they fax over a paper, just to cover their butts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Maybe in other areas it's bad but I love my m/w's! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I voted for m/w assisted homebirth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
BTW, I live in FL.
 

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I voted hospital birth (with CNM). We are expecting twins. We had planned on a HB but we're not ready for that with twins. I risk out of the birth centers.
 

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Planning a birth at a freestanding birth center this time around after two hospital births w/midwives (one almost intervention-free, one not so much...). Can't wait!
 
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