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Who's had a birth center birth

Hi ladies,

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

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That sounds like a tough decision. I hope whatever you decide you are more than happy with and your birth is exactly as you wished.

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Like the pp, its a tough decision. Do you think your current ob will be open with you? I'm inclined to think any ob, or at least my ob would try to talk me out of it.
If it were me and my decision, I'd definitely go with the birth center and water birth. It just sounds so much nicer and the fact that they have an ob on staff sounds even better.

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My first birth was in a hospital with an OB that I loved. It was a very hard decision to change from him to a midwife this time (I'm not a VBAC, but midwives handle waterbirth VBACs all the time here). I really had to focus on what I wanted and not on hurting the doctor's feelings. Pretty much all the current research shows that VBACs are safer than repeat CS, even though there is a risk for transfer. What is it about the birth center that makes you nervous?

Personally, I'm very excited about birthing in the water, or at least laboring in the water. And the birth center is just so much more relaxing and normal feeling to me. Good luck with your choice.

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"bumblybees" wrote:

Hi ladies,

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

I am totally pushing our insurance to let me birth in the local birth center here. I see you are in SC, where at? The birth center I (hopefully) will be having Alex at is just THREE MINUTES from the hospital, literally, right around the corner. Are you talking about the one in Charleston? I believe there is one in Greenville as well.....
I don't know what advice to give by what my doula told me on having Alex at home is that if there is even the slightest doubt in my mind that something will go wrong (I was really worried about maternal hemorrhage as I bled A LOT with DD from several things but one being the placenta was attached more firmly than normal) that it would prolly keep me from relaxing as much as I needed to to labor well-- so I feel in my heart that the birthing center and water birth is the best thing for me. If it weren't so close to the hospital, I'd prolly have a hospital birth. All I can say is think it through over the next week or so. Smile

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thanks Wonderwoman.
I'm just outside of Greenville, so it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the hospital that could deliver if something were to go wrong.
My husband made a comment last night while we were brainstorming and he said you've had 1 c-section and bad hospital expereince, 1 awesome hospital experience where you stayed home for the majority, and now we're contimpating a 3rd type of experience do you think you could relax enough during a new expereince or would you relax more to know what's upcoming?
Its an interesting question and one i'll have to think more about.

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Wonderwomen and Bumblybees- I will be moving to SC as soon as I have the twins. I will be in Beaufort, at the Marine base there. I plan to do another surrogacy and would love input on good drs. in the area. Doesn't sound like we will be to far from each other.
Sorry to highjack your thread!

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That sounds like a really tough decision and your current obgyn hasn't made it any easier. However sounds like your DH has a very good point and that's something you should really consider. With DD I had a hospital birth and wasn't aware of birthing centers or where they were located. With this LO I have no choice but to have a hospital birth because I have to have a c-section. Hopefully you will get to have the birthing experience that you desire.