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    Hello, my name is Kathleen. I am a mommy to two beautiful children. Josh is 4 and Sofia will be 3 in June. With both I had hospital births. My labor with Josh was induce since I was past my due date and he was a big baby. I labored for 9 hours got the epi at hour 6 and push him out in 3 pushes. With Sofia I was scheduled to have an induction but went into labor the night before. I went to the hospital after 2 hours of labor at home because I was having horrible back pain. They were sending me home since the contractions were not showing up. I was at a 3. I refused to leave the hospital and my doctor said to admit me. I labored for 3 more hours, got the epi 1 hour before pushing because the back labor was to much. Pushed for 10 min and she was out.

    I always wonder if I had more support if I could have made it without getting the epi. DH and I have decided to have another child. We wont ttc for another 21 months though. Agh having to wait stinks. LOL. Even so I have been looking at my options. I would really love to have a water birth in a birthing center, but dont know how realistic it is for me. As far as my labors go I think I am ok. This issues I wonder about have to do with my pregnancies.

    With my son, I was told that he had and enlarged kidney and there was extra amniotic fluid. When he was born they checked him and the kidney was still large but not abnormal.

    With my daughter I had extra amniotic fluid and she had an echogenic focus on her heart and two cysts on her brain. At birth they checked her and things had fixed themselves, but she had a heart murmer. The murmer fixed itself in a weeks time.

    So to my question. Does anyone know if this would prevent me from giving birth in a birthing center? And if I were able to and paid all the fees only to find out that something was wrong with this pregnancy as well and had to transfer to a doctor would I have to pay fees all over again and lose the money I paid to the birthing center?

    I know so much talking. LOL. Hope to read all your lovely stories to come and get inspired.


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    It probably depends on the center. It's definitely worth checking into! Your labors absolutely sound like they could have gone naturally with no problem at all if you had had more preparation and support.

    At my birth center, which was freestanding but still affiliated with a hospital, if you "risked out" later you just had to go to the hospital but you didn't have to pay separate fees. Depending on why you "risked out", you could even still have the midwives attend you, just in the hospital. I would contact any centers in your area and find out what their specific policies are. I would guess that your history would not be a problem unless something showed up with THIS pregnancy (since it was the babies, not you, that had a medical issue). At any rate, best of luck! And welcome--this board is a wealth of knowledge and support. I would have had a much harder time getting my NCB without these ladies
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    There are no freestanding birth centers around here and none of the hospitals, even those that claim to have "birth centers" won't allow water birth.

    With midwifery care, you usually make payments along the way & have to be paid in full by Week 36. If you risk out of home birth before then, then you get charged for the prenatal visits you've had so far, and any money you've overpaid is refunded. If you risk out after that point, then you are kind of out of luck financially, but the midwife continues to do shadow care & serves as a doula at your birth.

    Most midwives & birth centers have a list of things that would risk you out, and another list of things that require consultation with an OB. I'd ask for those lists, or if you're in a state that licenses midwives you can probably find it online on your midwifery-licensing agency's website. I don't know enough about either of those conditions to say whether they would risk you out or not, but I'd guess if you weren't referred to a specialist and/or if you didn't have continued monitoring during your pregnancy, then they probably wouldn't risk you out of a birth center birth. And they might not happen at all next time! Good luck with waiting and with TTC!
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    When I last checked around here (5 years ago, when I had my son), the birthing center did not allow water births. If you wanted a water birth, you had to have a home birth. I don't know if that policy has changed, but I need to ask. When I had my son, I had back labor so bad, but I didn't feel it at all as long as I was in the jacuzzi. As soon as I got out, BAM! it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was not a happy camper. I still did it without any medications, and I'm glad I did. It took me 2 hours to push him out, though, because the only comfortable position I could find was on my back. lol.

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    Oh wow. I could not imagine pushing Sofia out without meds. The back pain hurt so bad.

    The birthing center here that I was looking at has a birthing tub so I am happy about that. The only thing is that it looked like they have two suites and one birthing tub room. That seems really small. I need to give them a call and see about all the questions I have for them. We wont be ttc for 21 months so I have a while to call. LOL


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    You'd be amazed at what you can do when you set your mind to it! If I'd had the option of an epidural, who knows if I would have caved, but I didn't, so I persevered. It was really a rewarding experience in the end. Made me feel like I can do anything.

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