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Homebirth

My husband and I have decided to do a homebirth and have all of my prenatal care done by our midwife.  Are there any other ladies choosing to homebirth?  I noticed for some reason almost everyone goes to a hospital now.
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7965686 tn?1396910229
I wanted to do a home birth but I don't have the money to pay for it. My insurance covers the hospital fees.
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I really wanted a home birth but being my first baby I decided against it, my insurance covers it differently than a hospital birth, and I love my doctor. I do plan on labouring at home for as long as I can so I'm not stuck in the hospital for 12 damn hours before baby is born and I also am PLANNING on a natural birth :) good luck to you, what a special experience!
6202880 tn?1380332653
I badly want a home birth but my house is too small. Plus, we would rent a birth pool for a water birth but our water heater wouldn't be able to fill it. Next best option that we're going with is a cottage at the birth center where we go for prenatal care. Home births are awesome! Good for you for going that route!
8827648 tn?1400799478
I choose hospital because I'm high risk. But even if I wasn't I'd prefer to already be in a hospital in case complications arise, especially for my baby. What if she's born with breathing complications and need a ventilator right away or emergency surgery? The minutes it takes to get from my house to the hospital could be the difference between life and death. Hopefully nothing like that goes wrong but I'd rather be safe than sorry. But more power to you moms who have home births. Sounds like a magical experience.
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I have chosen the safest birth for both me and my child.  That is the whole reason we are having a homebirth.  Interventions are what causes complications.  I hope our country will go back to midwifery are one day.
7058746 tn?1393435420
I wanted a home birth so bad but my land lord won't allow it. Then pre term labor came and then the gestational diabeties came ...  :/
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Your landlord cannot tell you where you are able to have your child!!!!   I would have fought that!  It is none of their business.  I wouldn't have even told them!  
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In Alberta, midwifery care is funded by the government, but you have to be super fast to get one.
If I didn't live in a basement suite, I'd have a home birth. Multiple of my friends have and it's gone great for them.
7058746 tn?1393435420
Its an older house (1952) that has issues never been updated and its all hard wood floors. I wanted water birth and if something happened I'd be the one to fix it. So it's just one of those things.
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I work with a girl who lost her baby after home birth because his lungs weren't functioning properly & it took too long to get him to the nicu. He died just over 12 minutes after his birth-something that could have been avoided. I could never ever forgive myself if I let my baby boy die because the equipment needed to keep him alive wasn't available. I have already discussed with my doctor and signed release forms guaranteeing that all interventive procedures must be authorized by either myself or my husband (in the event that I am not consious) & signed off on before they can be performed to ensure that nothing is done without my express consent. I know my body very well & I want to have control, even if things get hectic.
7463315 tn?1393882224
I am due Aug29th with baby #4. I had all my girls in the hospital pitocin used for the first & was in labor for 26hrs, second was with no meds & in labor for 16hrs third pregnancy which I thought would be my last (she will be 12 this ) I opted for an epidural just to experience it. Now I'll be 40 in Sept and will be delivering at home with my 13 & 12 yr old. I have yet to contact a midwife, not too concerned with it either. Guess I'll call after he arrives! I trust God 100%
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That is wonderful natty but it is important to seek prenatal care.  As long as you feel healthy I am sure you are!  I live a drug free life and it's nice to know my baby and I will not be medicated or hooked to any devices during his birth.  Labor and delivery are natural processes and women have been giving birth since the beginning of time.  It is a proven fact that that if you are not high risk it is actually safe to steer clear the hospital.  You are more susceptible to infections, interventions which can harm both mother and child and even lead to surgery, along with higher pain.  I think it is just the norm for women to go to hospitals and they don't realize they have other options.  I am 100% confident with my body to deliver this baby and I don't need to be forced to lie on my back at a hospital and be talked in to taking drugs.  
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I would never consider a homebirth because I'm high risk. I was high risk with my first as well and he needed the nicu and after going through that I just wouldn't risk it. I'm fine with hospitals and the medicalisation of childbirth.
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I will be birthing at athe hospital because as a nurse I am far too familiar with everything that can go wrong even without medication or much intervention. I plan to go all natural but will take intervention if necessary. I will just feel far more comfortable with having a fetal monitor on and knowing that I have a NICU available if needed. The hospital staff will ask you if you want drugs, because they have to make you aware of your options, however nobody can force you to take them.
8529755 tn?1412629642
I wasn't looking into home births but this discussion has truly open my eyes to where I want to give birth.
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Wow that would be nice, so u won't have like epidural or something for pain?
6202880 tn?1380332653
I'm taking childbirth classes and that will teach me how to breathe and move during labor to cope with the intensity/pain. It's when we're tied down to machines and can't move around like our bodies tell us to that the pain becomes unmanageable. Also, pitocin makes the contractions hard to handle, whereas a labor without pitocin is much more manageable. My midwife listens to the baby frequently to make sure it's handling labor ok, and is trained how to take care of babies that don't breathe right away. They have oxygen available if the mom or baby needs it. For 3 years I was the receptionist at the birth center that I'm using, and I know they have never lost a baby. The state watches them closely, so obviously they are not going to be careless in what they do. Nutrition and taking care of yourself throughout the whole pregnancy goes a long ways in setting yourself up for a good birth, also. Out of hospital birth is not for everyone, though, and everyone needs to research for themselves and do what's right for them.
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I had my first in a birthing center med-free and complication-free assisted by a midwife, it was a great experience and I wouldn't mind doing it again but am also strongly considering a homebirth instead. In my own home in my own space surrounded by the ones I love without the beeping of machinery and the expectation that everything will run on schedule, without the increased risk of infection that comes with being in a medical facility. I am in the process of switching from my previous insurance plan to a much better one but I haven't yet found out what they cover for birthing options - for now I am continuing care with my current midwives but may change to a homebirth-focused practice later on if I can.
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I originally was looking for a birthing center but found there were none in my area.  I knew I didn't want to be in a hospital setting so our next best choice was home.  My husband was apprehensive at first but is very excited to come home in August and help with the delivery of his son.  
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We are doing a birthing center birth for our first.  Next we will try s home birth.  I think  they are amazing!
6674791 tn?1396215150
My first I never even considered it... I was a FTM and naive to all my options... I loved my OB but I hated the hospital experience... my 2nd I considered a water birth at a birthing center but complications arose and I was considered high risk for pre-eclampsia and my baby was at risk for low blood sugar due to me having gestational diabetes... so I felt more comfortable knowing that a NICU was available if need be... my hospital experience the 2nd time around wasn't bad and the nurses actually left me alone and I went home the next day
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I'm booked in with a birthing centre midwife, we are hoping to do a home birth for baby #2 oneday. The evidence does show that 1st baby homebirths are more likely to end up in hospital (which is fine as that's where you may need to be in the end). So we felt more comfortable trying an all natural birth at the birth centre first. Best service and its 100% paid for by the government. I get to go home within 6 hrs if all goes well and midwife will visit the next day and continue to visit everyday the whole week or 2 after the birth...
8961294 tn?1404176667
My insurance wouldn't cover a home birth. Plus, the hospital should work just fine since they can't do anything without my permission anyway.

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