Hi all! I am thinking of doing a home birth. Currently interviewing doulas and reading as much as I can.
A little background info...
I am 18 weeks pregnant with baby #3, due Feb 12, 2011. I have been giving some very serious thought to home birthing (although everyone thinks I'm crazy). With my first baby, I was induced at 36w5d, at the suggestion of my doctor. There really was no reason to do so, but as a first time mom I trusted that my doctor knew best. That was a "wonderful" 49 hours of labor, that resulted in a healthy 5lb,5oz baby girl. I was so uncomfortable laying in that hospital bed for 2 full days, without being able to move, eat, or sleep.
With my second child, I went into labor naturally at 37w3d. When I arrived at the hospital, I was 4cm dilated. The nurses tried for hours to contact my doctor, with no luck. Apparently she was out of town and didn't tell anyone. After my epidural, the labor basically stopped -for hours I did not dilate. Then after 13 hours of labor, a doctor that I never met delivered (he barely made it in time) a healthy 5lb,15oz baby boy. I really want things to be different this time around.
So that's a bit about me and my birth experiences. I am very excited to be here.