(Closed) Home birth? I'd love to hear your story

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Personally I have never given birth. Have you checked out the group on facebook called “Birth without Fear” they post a lot of alternative birthing options. I don’t know  how I feel about a home birth for my first because I won’t know what to expect. Perhaps for my second. I am very lucky to live in an area with an excellent birthing center that gives mom the option to labor freely with out assitance unless there is a lifethreatening emergency, and in that case you are already in the hospital. They also offer water births as well. So I think that will be the route I take for my first child. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

FoolsintheRain:  I haven’t given birth yet – due tomorrow! – but when I do go into labour I shall be staying at home to give birth UNLESS I need/want to go to the hospital.

I am in the UK and so far my experience of my antenatal care has been fantastic. All of my appointments (apart from scans, blood tests etc.) have taken place in my home with either one of my midwives. When I go into labour, if they are working then they will come and be with me and deliver the baby.

I am looking forward to knowing that I can just relax at home and give birth in an environment where I feel safe, relaxed and peaceful. If I do choose to go to the hospital then my midwife will come as well and help me birth at the hospital.

 

I have personally never heard anyone who has either started a homebirth or managed to deliver at home ever say they regretted it. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

FoolsintheRain:  you could always do a birth center birth with midwives- that is what I did. We did consider a home birth but just weren’t comfortable with it because the nearest hospital is 40 miles away. My husband and I loved the care and atmosphere at the birth center as well as their whole philosophy on birth. I had a completely unmedicatwd birth and spent several hours of labor in the tub, which was awesome. I plan to do the same for subsequent pregnancies and births!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

FoolsintheRain:  I have never given birth, so I really can’t comment on your original question but… I plan to have a homebirth! My feeling is, yes, I don’t know what birth will feel like, but I’ve done about as much research as I possibly can and feel absolutely informed on what I am getting into.

I considered a birth center birth briefly but decided against it because:

a) If it is attached to a hospital they must follow all the same policies and procedures (including timelines for intervention) that the hospital does. It may look a little better than a hospital delivery room but to me, it wasn’t very different.

b) If it is a free-standing birth center, there is still a drive to the hospital (as well as a drive to the center and back after birth) that must occur if transport is needed during or after labor/birth. I may as well stay home, my house is the same distance to the hospital as the birth center!

As PP’s have mentioned, I would factor in travel to hospital if a free-standing birth center was closer than my home.

As far as reading positive stories, I would recommend any forum that has a separate thread for Home Birth, people love posting their birth stories! Also, you can check out nearly any home birth midwife’s website, almost everyone has reviews that, of course, include positive stories!

I wish you the very best and hope you get to experience the birth you desire πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

FoolsintheRain:  I was a homebirth midwife for 2.5 years and Ive been working in a birth centre for a year now (before that mostly high risk, hospital based) so I like to think Ive seen a good range of birth experiences from all areas.  If youre well prepared (and you and bub are well and healthy) then I can highly recommend home birthing – Ive been so lucky to be a part of many, many beautiful home births πŸ™‚  My SO and I will be TTC in the next few months and will be hoping to birth at home when our time comes so I dont think I can recommend it more highly than that πŸ™‚  If you have any specific questions please do ask, Im happy to talk about positive birth all day long!!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

This is a lovely thread. 

Im not pregnant. Not even ttc yet. We marry in June and will try straight away. I’m 38 so know pregnancy may not be possible, although I have no problems. I wondered if there would be resistance to a home birth due to my ‘advanced maternal age!’? 

FromA2B2013:  your experience sounds great. What did you ask for in terms of anti natal care when you first saw any medical professionals after you found out you were pregnant? And may I ask, where in the UK are you?

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

FoolsintheRain:  PM me soon then I shall have a reminder!

 

UK-bee:  I didn’t ask for anything in terms of ante-natal care. I accepted what they were giving, which is the standard NHS ante-natal care. I ended up having 2 extra scans though – 1 because baby wasn’t lying in the right place for the Nuchal test and 1 at 37 weeks to check baby’s position for the homebirth (they strongly advise against if baby isn’t head down)

So far I cannot fault the NHS because I’ve been looked after so well – to be fair, most of this has been with my home birth midwife. I don’t know how different it would be knowing I was having a hospital birth. But I did originally meet with my community midwife at the local children’s centre and she was lovely.

I live near Plymouth so come under the “jubilee midwife team” for home births.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

FromA2B2013:  thank you. So did you just tell them from the start you wanted a home birth?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

UK-bee:  Yes I did. I had my 10 week appointment with the community midwife (this is the first time they see you) and told her that I wanted to have a home birth. I was booked in with them to have my blood tests done but then all my other midwife apapointments were with my homebirth midwife. 

I knew I wanted one from before I got pregnant but I know some ladies who don’t decide until much later. My friend didn’t decide until she was nearly in her third trimester. And I know some who don’t choose until they are nearly full term. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

FromA2B2013:  that’s really useful to know. Thank you!

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