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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    That is such a cool story Laurie!

    I had a mid wife but was in the hospital both times. I LOVED having a mid wife. I felt very "pro mom" vs. a medical situation and when dd2's birth turned into a natural birth unexpectedly....my midwife was an awesome coach. I had a lot of problems following both deliveries that were unforeseen (at least the first time) and I'm convinced I wouldn't have made it to the nearest hospital if I was at home.

    Plus, I had promised my grandmother before she died that I would deliver in the hospital because a distant cousin of mine almost died after having complications at home.

    But, you're right bad things happen at hospitals too. The one I delivered at is being reviewed now for losing 2 patients in 30 days. Sad stuff.
    If for some reason I was at home when I had Alyssa I do not think I would have made it either. (I was hospitalised for a week beforehand for pre pre-eclampsia before they induced her at 34 weeks) Such a blessing that we live in a time that if you have medical problems that you have the option of hospitals. 100 years ago I would not have lived through any of my pregnancies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    If for some reason I was at home when I had Alyssa I do not think I would have made it either. (I was hospitalised for a week beforehand for pre pre-eclampsia before they induced her at 34 weeks) Such a blessing that we live in a time that if you have medical problems that you have the option of hospitals. 100 years ago I would not have lived through any of my pregnancies.
    But you wouldn't have delivered at home even if you had planned a homebirth in this case. Midwives check for pre-e the same as doctors do, and bring their charges to the hospital if necessary. They do a great job at weeding out unnecessary c-sections but do get emergency surgeons involved when necessary.
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    I have a good friend that had her first baby at home and LOVED it. When she was about to deliver her second at home she had a bad feeling about it, and decided to deliver at the birth center attached to the hospital with her mid wife. If she has delivered at home she most likely would have died. She ended up having a really race complication with the placenta and almost bled out. She loves to help moms now listen to their gut
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    I have a good friend that had her first baby at home and LOVED it. When she was about to deliver her second at home she had a bad feeling about it, and decided to deliver at the birth center attached to the hospital with her mid wife. If she has delivered at home she most likely would have died. She ended up having a really race complication with the placenta and almost bled out. She loves to help moms now listen to their gut
    What kind of "rare complication" was that? The one placental complication I can think of that would cause excessive bleeding is a retained placenta. Retained placenta is fairly common, and when managed correctly it's not a life-threatening situation. Midwives carry methergine and pitocin to help control bleeding, they often have other natural things to try (like chewing a piece of the placenta, which most times will stop bleeding quickly) and they are trained on how to manually remove a retained placenta. If those things don't work, or if the midwife isn't comfortable with it for some reason, they'll transfer you to a hospital for medical management. My midwife with Weston told me up front that she wouldn't attempt removal of a retained placenta because I was a VBAC, and I was fine with that.

    Another major cause of post-partum hemorrhage is that most hospitals still practice "active management" of the delivery of the placenta by pressing on the mother's belly and pulling on the cord, which causes the placenta to tear off, rather than dislodge on its own. It's sometimes called a hemorrhage, but more often, and incorrectly, referred to as a retained placenta although it's actually an open wound on the uterus. That can also cause excessive bleeding but is not something you would see in a home birth because midwives just don't do that.
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    [QUOTE=Spacers;9116426] they often have other natural things to try (like chewing a piece of the placenta, which most times will stop bleeding quickly)/QUOTE]

    Am I reading this wrong? (Please say yes) If not, that is beyond disgusting.

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    My issue was a retained placenta that I couldn't deliver. Despite high dosages of pitocin following that I would not contract and would not stop bleeding. These issues do come up.
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    No, you read it right, and it does work! Some women dry out their placenta & put it into capsules to help with bleeding & hormonal balance after birth, but it works best, and fastest, just chewing a chunk of it. My step-sister suffered a hemorrhage with her first baby and the doctor tried everything, she was still bleeding. He went to tell someone to get an operating room ready, and her nurse cut off a chunk & told her to pop it in her mouth, and her bleeding had stopped by the time the doctor got back in. Of course the doctor said it was the medications finally working, but it's a well-known midwifery technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    No, you read it right, and it does work! Some women dry out their placenta & put it into capsules to help with bleeding & hormonal balance after birth, but it works best, and fastest, just chewing a chunk of it. My step-sister suffered a hemorrhage with her first baby and the doctor tried everything, she was still bleeding. He went to tell someone to get an operating room ready, and her nurse cut off a chunk & told her to pop it in her mouth, and her bleeding had stopped by the time the doctor got back in. Of course the doctor said it was the medications finally working, but it's a well-known midwifery technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
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