Anybody had (or planned) a midwife-assisted home birth?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Commenting to follow. I’m planning one now, but would love to hear of other ladies’ experiences.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is illegal for CNMs in Nebraska, it is a felony charge if they are present at a home birth. You can get an out-of-state one to come, but I wouldn’t even want to know how much that would cost, not to mention being able to time them coming, etc. 

What about looking into the new birthing center in Bellevue, NE? It would be a little bit of a drive, but not terrible. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m planning on having one in October. I had a very quick and easy labour with my first baby so I really want to have a homebirth this time.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

@KCKnd2:  I had a home birth with a licensed midwife in Washington.  Certified nurse midwives generally deliver only in hospitals, at least here.

I loved, loved my experience, and would not have done it any other way.  Many of my friends have also had home births, and their stories are all more positive than the hospital stories of people I know.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@cowgirlace:  I dont understand this, if someone is going to have a home birth, wouldn’t you want someone even remotely qualified to be there? It just seems like an agenda for making hospitals more money to me…

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s legal here in MI, but most CNM will only deliever in a hospital.  I can get a CPM to attend the birth, but it makes me nervous to not have at least a RN there (CNM have Masters degrees and are RNs.)  I am hoping for a home water birth, but am still a long ways away from the.  I will go the CPM/home route if I can find someone who is personally recomended to me in the area, or maybe a personally recommended doula.  If not I am going to a birthing center through a hospital that has birthing tubs- but you must be in the bed to birth with a CNM present.  Also want to add most insurance does not include home birth, so it’s going to be about $3k out of pocket for a home birth where a hospital birth would be free through my insurance.  

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

@wandering_gypsy:  Shockingly, there are a few states where the only legal home birth is an unattended home birth.  Sick, huh?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@moriah:  that’s so crazy to me!  I personally don’t want a home birth (too many furry animals, too much mess! birthing center for me all the way lol) but if I did I would definitely want someone qualified to be there!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My sister had two, and both kids are happy, healthy, and doing great, 2 and 4 years later.  We plan on hospitals, when the time comes, though, as we want to donate the cord blood stem cells.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@wandering_gypsy:  I think it is definitely to discourage people from having home births, but not on the basis of the hospital making more money, I have a feeling it’s the lawmakers just feel it is in the mother and baby’s best interest to be at a hospital should anything go wrong.  The number one cause of death for women delivering babies in the U.S. is still maternal hemorrhage, and if you are bleeding profusely at home, there is probably not enough time to get you to a hospital, in an OR, and open you up to stop the bleeding.  

 

Also, it is probably just a big liability issue.  It is likely that many CNMs are not even comfortable assisting home births due to something going wrong, too.  It just makes such a huge difference to be steps away from life-saving interventions rather than an ambulance ride away…sometimes you just don’t have that much time.  (I would never consider having a home birth for these reasons…just too afraid of the possibilities of something going wrong and know how quickly you can die from hemorrhaging).  

 

The birthing center in Bellevue opened up because they knew there was a great demand for women wanting births with less intervention than a normal hospital birth.  My mom was trying to encourage me to look into it, but nope, sorry, I want to be at the hands of a skilled OB who is capable of emergency life-saving surgery for baby AND me. But this all probably comes from me being in medical school and around the “bad stuff” that I’ve seen happen before….I will also never ride on a motorcycle either after seeing what can happen to someone in an accident. All part of my job field and I no longer have the ignorance is bliss blessing haha. 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@cowgirlace:  I definitely don’t judge anyone for choosing one or the other,  I would just think (since they can’t make it illegal to give birth at home) that they would want to make it available to be as safe as possible.  CNM’s typically only deal with LOW risk pregnancies and will make the call to transfer to a hospital at the first sign of something going awry, some won’t even do home births if they aren’t within 20 minutes of a hospital, they also have pitocin on hand to stop (or slow) bleeding and have oxygen if needed… I understand that things can change in an instant and it’s great to be cautious, but 98% of low risk intervention free births are “normal” and complication free, and that 2% that isn’t usually gives warning signs before anything terrible happens.  I get that being inundated with all the bad stuff can make you extra nervous and cautious though!

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am bouncing between a home birth or at the birth center two blocks away. But either way I will definitely be havking a very experienced midwife there. She actually owns the birth center. We also live about 2 minutes away from the hospital. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@wandering_gypsy:  Oh no, I totally agree, women have been having babies all over the place and most of the time it goes just fine without complications.  I am just a complete worry wart and would never even want to do it, but props to women who do!  Heck, it’d be nice to save a ton of money if nothing else!  Nebraska is a pretty darn conservative state…probably has something to do with it.  NE is also one of the few states that has made abortions past 20 weeks illegal.  

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I have not had a baby, but I will say this:  If and when I ever do, even if I didn’t have to have a Caesarian, I would want to be surrounded by any and every piece of medical and surgical equipment that I could ever possibly need.

I applaud the DESIRE that many women have to have natural, at home births.  However, I’ve known too many women who have had to toss their birth plans out the window due to unexpected complications. And, in each of those instances, I was very thankful  that they were in the hospital surrounded by a surgical staff and everything necessary to save their lives and the lives of their babies.

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