Anyone having and unassisted homebirth?

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Anyone having and unassisted homebirth?

http://www.unassistedhomebirth.com/ I just found this link.

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I'm due in March in Canada... with the weather here, anything is possible. Smile

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"rmacburn" wrote:

I'm due in March in Canada... with the weather here, anything is possible. Smile

Ditto this. Wink I was JUST thinking that I should get a plan together, since we ALMOST had a UC last time, unintentionally.

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it could happen, not planning one, i'm not far from the hospital, but its a distinct possibility that by the time we realize its time to go, it will be too late to pack up and get there. And if a certain OB is on call, DH says he'd rather catch than go to the hospital and deal with that man.

but since we're not PLANNING it, it would be an OOPS if it happened.

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My last 2 I was in the hospital less then 60 min before the babies where born both times I was 10cm when I arived. This time I am not as close and if I am visiting in Bill in VT we will be far from a hospital and I would want to stay home over doing that drive and having a baby in the car on the ride.

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"gypsy86" wrote:

it could happen, not planning one, i'm not far from the hospital, but its a distinct possibility that by the time we realize its time to go, it will be too late to pack up and get there. And if a certain OB is on call, DH says he'd rather catch than go to the hospital and deal with that man.

but since we're not PLANNING it, it would be an OOPS if it happened.

I feel the same about a certain OB in our town. I've said multiple times that if I end up going to that hospital and he's working, I'd rather give birth in the parking lot.

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Not planning one...no. Smile

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I had an unplanned unassisted with my daughter so this time we are planning to have the midwife come to us. Because I labor so quickly I'm going to make sure I have everything on hand just in case. The only thing I could have used was something to suction her but a tap on the back cleared her just fine. It's not something I would choose to do but at the same time I wouldn't have changed Lily's birth for anything.

Cindy

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"lifeisgood" wrote:

Because I labor so quickly I'm going to make sure I have everything on hand just in case.

This is how I feel too. With the weather the way it is here, who knows if our m/w will be able to get to us in time, if the phones won't be down when I start to labour, etc... And since my last labour was 'almost' an UC (m/w arrived right when I started to push), I'd rather just be prepared to do it myself and if I have help, oki doki.

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I was open to the idea of UC when I was pregnant with Tiven & unable to find a homebirth midwife that I liked & could afford. I did NOT want to give birth at my HMO's hospital unless there was a medical necessity, so staying home unassisted seemed like the best option. We bought a birth kit and an automated BP monitor, and were planning to rent a Doppler, but then we stumbled into both money & a midwife we adored, so we went with the midwife-attended homebirth plan.

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Manda it sounds like you've almost done it alone as is. I think when you have experience with natural birth it helps give the confidence and know how. All you can do is be as prepared as possible and let nature take it's course.

Cindy

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Yes, I'm also a doula and have seen tons of births, so I know 'what to expect' (as much as one ever can). DH is totally on board with doing it ourselves too, so, who knows. Smile

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so.... to hijack this thread even more (sorry)

if the OB we hate is on call and it appears that baby is going to show before i feel like dealing with the man.... how do you guys suggest i proceed..... do we call 911 and say it was an OOPS ... or just call the hospital and warn them that we're coming in and didnt make it (just like if we were going to call and say i'm in labor and coming in)... or just skip the phone portion and show up at the ER (that could be fun LOL) BTW, we live litterally 5 minutes from the hospital.. in bad weather and bad traffic... including parking and walking to the door....

considering the chances that OB will be on call are 1/5 and then i'd still have to not cave and go in "just in case" i dont think we'll have a mostly unplanned unassisted homebirth, but if we do... IDK what to do AFTER....

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I have two IRL friends who have UC's (one has had all 5 of her kids at home, the other had her 6th baby at home) - I think if you take the time to edcuate yourself & plan it can be a good option for those seeking it. I prefer having my midwife at home with me. If you plan on having an "oops" I would just call the hospital afterwards, we were planning on a possible oops with baby #5 but ended up delivering in the hallway instead :roll: It was good though & worked out the way it should have - but had she been born at home "on accident" I would of just called my OB to let him know, as long as baby was fine I wouldn't of bothered going in.

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Well, if you're 5 mins away, I'd (personally) feel comfortable delivering the babe and then calling EMTs only if you thought there was a problem. And if you and babe are fine after the birth, no need to rush into a hospital. If you're 5 minutes from the hospital (is there also an ambulance dispatch there as well? Where's your closest dispatch station?) then it would take them maybe 2-3 mins to respond to your call. At that point you can always say that stuff progressed too fast, and by the time you realized the babe was coming, you were too far gone to travel (a real reality for many women).

IF I decide to go the UC route, I'm sure we'll know ahead of time if something is wrong (via doppler, BP cuff, my general 'feeling', etc). I could transfer then (we're close to hospital too). If (god forbid) something happens unexpected (babe is unresponsive, I hemorrhage, etc) then we call it in at that point. I have a history of fast labours, so I know I wouldn't be questioned about 'why' I did anything, even if I told them ahead of time what I planned to do. I plan to have a conversation with my m/w next week at my appointment letting her know that I will, at the very least, be calling her 'last minute' (i.e., when I enter the pushy-feeling stage). I don't need her around before that unless there's some complication, and so she should be ready for a quick response. I'm just not interested in turning this birth into a circus of people - I'd rather be alone and centered, not answering questions, being poked and prodded, etc.

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With Lily after I pushed her out I sat in the tub (had her on our bathroom floor) with her until my husband came home. He panicked and called 911, I was wanting him to stop and listen so we could discuss how best to approach the whole thing. The nice thing about the medical response is that they cleaned up the mess for me after I left in the ambulance. They were also a great group of guys and were really excited to start their day on such a good note.

I bled more than normal and needed stitches so I would have had to go in either way. It would have been easier, and cheaper, had we just driven in ourselves but I won't hold DH's panic against him.

Cindy

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I would love to here about her birth sotry.

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Here's my lodge, the birth story is on page 8.

http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=332867

Cindy

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Definitely not planning one. We're 5-10 min from the hosp and in early May the weather should be fine. I did dilate pretty quickly with my first two (5 and 6 hours) but hopefully won't go much faster this time!