so who here has had a birth center birth? and then a water birth?
this is going to be long and kinda rambly......but i'd really like you ladies opinion.
We went to the local birth center here because they have a “meet the doulas” evening. (our doula from our last birth had moved) These ladies come to your house and then follow you to the hospital but it’s a nice time to meet them all. It’s really who ever’s on call so you kinda have to meet them all cause you’re not going to know who’s coming. They all seem really nice though. But we found some interesting news though, I knew that the birth center had employed an OB physician in conjunction to their 3 midwives but I had understood that he was only attending home births. But I found out last night that you can actually have a birth center birth now and be a VBAC because they have an OB on staff. (remember i'm a VBAC)
We got a tour of the facility. It was soooo calm, it reminded me of a spa. Very relaxing.
I’d always wanted to have a water birth. It just sounded so natural, but in Missouri it wasn’t available. And then 2 years ago with DS2 it wasn’t allowed. (we're in SC now) Now new studies have come out and the legislature has changed that it is allowed as long as there is an OB in attendance.
So now I don’t know what to do. The idea totally intrigues me and DH, who also sees it as a wonderful thing more of an event rather than a medical procedure.
The hitch I have is I really like my OBGYN. So I’m going to have to figure out how to talk to him about it and get his opinion on it without chasing him off as my doctor. If I decide to go this way.
We’ve got another doula we’re interviewing next week, she’s not associated with the birth center so she would attend me at home and then at the hospital.
DS2’s birth had very few things that I was disappointed at, so I can’t really complain. But I don’t know it was still…..so medical and such a seriously sterile environment with the bright lights and all the people. I dunno……lots to think about.
On the other side at the birth center birth, we can leave after the birth as soon as I pee. So we’d get to go home and rest and recuperate at home in our own things, with our boys. so that really does have some appeal. DH never rested really at the hospital. I’m not sure that I did either expect maybe that first night where it’s pure exhaustion.
The place said that our insurance, while a PIA, will cover it. so then I just have to try to get the money back that I’ve already spent at my OB’s office.
LOL….we’re prepared for that mountain of emotional data were ya.
**UPDATE** so had my appointment with my OB for normal checkup. i asked him his opinions on VBACs at a waterbirth birth center and he was totally against it, saying that they couldn't get to a hospital fast enough (within that 30 minute window) for uterine rupture. Even though my chances since i've had a VBAC already are less than 5%. so i know he's not going to support a decision and will likely not want to be my GYN later......sigh.....so much to think about