hey ladies I am pretty sure to be in my 4th week pregnancy but although i have two past successful pregnancies/deliveries i am sorta wanting to do this one different. I was just wondering if any of you on here ever experienced the home birth/birthing center this is something i am very interested in doing but cant find many people who can tell me anything about it. any reasons why i shouldnt consider seeing a midwife other than high risk? is the price much steeper than average?
Midwives usually do not take high risk cases because they don't have enough insurance in case something goes wrong (doctors pay a lot for malpractice insurance in case a patient chooses to sue them for varying reasons). It's just a bunch of politcal stuff. But if you're not high risk, go for it! My sister had midwives with her pregnancies but ended up seeing a doctor with the last one because the lady was crazy. So make sure you interview because you ARE paying. Insurance usually doesn't pay midwives.
Anyway, birthing centers are usually located in hospitals or are independent clinics. I like birthing centers a lot! You have a room that is like a suite and you have an LDR room (labor, delivery, recovery). Basically you stay in the same room, the same bed... the entire time you're there. There's usually a jacuzzi as well if you want a water birth.
The way you stay in the same bed is that during labor, the bed is completely together, but once you're going to deliver, they remove the bottom half and hook up the stirrups. That is how I gave birth both times. Loved it!
I had my son with a midwife at home in rural ky 5 yrs ago. A few of my friends had used this woman for thier homebirths but there are usually local midwivery groups you could probably find on the internet. He was my first child and i was very nervous but i have always hated dr.s and hospitals so this was a natural choice for me. She did home visits monthly checking urine samples for protien etc. Then went to weekly a month before my due date. The birth was a success at our little farm house ( 20 min away from the hospital) with just me, my husband,our midwife ,her assistant and my mom who is a nurse at the university of ky hosp. I was only in labor for 6 hrs total and at one point my son was having trouble moving down but i just tried different positions and squatting and finally a beautiful boy and an all natural homebirth with no meds! I wouldn't have had it any other way! from the moment he was born we were together and could start nursing right away. She also did 4 postpartum visits to check up on us and was there for any questions or concerns along the way. My total cost for pre natal, birth and post partum was 1,500$, much cheaper than anything else i've ever heard of. I required no stitches but she was prepared for anything. Some hospitals have birthing centers that offer midwife services and the option of water birth and/or all natural childbirth within the safety of the hospital in case of emergencies. I would research your options and interview any possible midwife. Ask how many homebirths they have done ( mine had done about 80 i think) and how many emergency situations they have had to react to. Most reliable midwives would have no problem giving some refrences of prevoius clients you could talk to about thier expiereinces (sp?) with her/him.Good luck and do your homework! P.S. there is a place in tennessee called' the farm' that has been around for a long time where many women go every year to have natural 'homebirths' . You should read a book called 'Spiritual Midwivery' my midwife strongly suggested it and me and my husband found it very interesting and helpful! GOOD LUCK!
I am 36 weeks with my first and I am using a midwife. I really like her but may not be able to use her in the future since she only does homebirths. I plan on having this one at a birthing center (my last midwife was in an accident and had to retire, but she allowed us to use her center which was very nice of her!! and it's only 10 min from my house) My husband is too scared to have a homebirth...I think we will need to warm up to the idea a little bit more. I do not have insurance and for everything from the first visit with her until 6 weeks after the baby is born I pay $3,300. Not too bad for everything! If I were to go to the hospital, it would be outrageous for us. I am planning a water birth since I have had heard nothing but good things about it! I hope everything goes according to plan. =) Midwives are more like friends and really seem to care about you and your every need. (not to say that reg. docs are not) I would just prefer a midwife. Definitely interview them and make sure you are on the same page and make sure they are certified! I have dealt with 4 different midwives in the past (had 2 miscarriages) and it took me until this pregnancy to really find the perfect one. So far my midwife has been able to answer any question I had and just really supports me. Good luck with everything!! I wish you the best. =)
well, it wasn't planned but -I- was born at home. hahaha : )
I guess I snuck up on my mom a little fast and she was trying to get my 2 older brothers off to the school bus and I guess it's a good thing that her aunt lived close by cause my brothers never did make it to the bus!
I was delivered on some towels on the bathroom floor. my mom and her aunt sent my brothers to go fetch things like a kitchen knife and some kite string. Then they drove me to the hospital (and my brothers to school) when everything was over and my dad made it back home from work.
My mom's doctor was sooo mad that when she was close to her due date with my younger sister he put her on bed rest to make sure it didn't happen again!
wow thats amazing! and i never thought it would be that cheap! thats a lot less than you would pay to have a hospital birth and they didnt even do anything with me exept give me pitocin which i told them i didnt need in the first place my labor was progressing just fine and the doc didnt even get there till about 10 minutes after i needed to start pushing and the nurse told me to hold it in... i was very upset with my last experience. and i like the thought of being able to get into more than one position if i need to than flat on my back with knees to my chest lol. thank yall for all the information we are going to do lots of research on it. wow i think im really going to do it i mean we live minutes away from the hospital and my labor (last two times) went pretty quick and simple, doesnt mean it will this time! but first i have to see my regular doc to make sure its not high risk or anything so that i can see a midwife right?
haha thats crazy! i always had it in my mind that was going to happen to me for some reason so i like went to the hospital about 2 times before my labor actually came. why was her doctor mad? babys come when they want to she couldnt have done anything about it if it came on that fast! thats amazing. the majority of the time labor and delivery is a lot more simple than people make it. the mother's body knows what to do.
lol thats crazy you were born at home my mom had fast delivery w/me and my sis. When she was born she went to the hospital but they said to go home she wasnt dilated she went home and in 30 mins out popped my sis!! and w/me she was at a dr appt and they were sending her home and she told me dad turn around go bk to the hospital and they put her in the room and said ok if nothing happens in a hr youre going home and 10 mins later out popped me!!
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