- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2015
I’m just wondering if you’re aware that there are risks, and want to look at academic sources (completely understandable!) — why would you want to do it anyway?
Do you know your blood type? Do you have any chronic diseases or health issues? Even normal women can have preclampsia.
I’m not trying to be preachy, just concerned. Had I not begun donating blood 2 years ago I would not have known my guy and I have opposite blood types and I am eligible for Rhesus disease in which my blood can literally attack a fetus.
If you do go for a homebirth, get a very thorough health examination first, cuz you never know.
I had an absolutely awesome, empowering and exhilarating planned home birth last April. Granted, it was a fast labor (especially with a first baby), and everything went smoothly. I did have high blood pressure towards the end of my pregnancy so I got weekly ultrasounds, non stress tests and blood tests starting around 35 weeks. I did have an hemoragee after the birth but my midwife took care of it and everything was fine.
A good midwife does not take unecessary risks and will let you now if you are not a good candidate. It’s not for everybody, but I’m so, so glad that I did stick to my guts and did not let naysayers take over
I had the option for genetic testing(I opted out), we had a full anatomy ultrasound, and i have just as many prenatal appointments as with an OB. Except my appointments last over an hour (one on one), I can have peek-in ultrasounds just for peace of mind, and I have her cell phone number and can call/text with any questions.
But yes-knowing risks of home birth is a huge part of the conversation.
Wanted to add for those following/intersted: I went to a home birth information session at my clinic last night and learned a lot. I know there is generally a lot of concern from people on here about midwives’ abilities to handle unforseen complications such as vaginal tears, post-partum hemorrhage, non-reassuring fetal heart rates etc. These were all addressed in the session. In general, at my clinic, home birth is highly recommended against if you live further than 20 mins away from the nearest hospital with obstetrical care.
There is a ton more information I could provide you with, but wanted to reassure that the midwives I am with are highly skilled and come prepared with equipment necessary for baby resuscitation including intubation, as well as a variety of medications to treat post-partum hemorrhage, etc. So, the front-line, immediate care that would be initiated in hospital in the event of complications is all availabe at home- IV initation, blood volume expanders, anti-hemorrhagic agents, intubation, suction, oxygen, suture kits etc.
Again, I think this point has been adressed many times; in Canada (at least) midwivery care has been proven (numerous times) to be as safe as hospital births.
Once again, I welcome comments, but especially stories of those who have given birth at home as so often we hear about hospital births!
I’d love to hear more about how people set up their homes (where did you put the birthing pool if you had one? etc), and what the general experience was like!
How did you prepare/plan/set up? Who was there with you? How did you manage any pain? Was there a moment when you doubted your decision (i.e. pain too bad etc?)
To say that my neighbor is devastated is an understatement. Regardless of where you give birth, please make sure that you get proper care before and after your baby is born. Sometimes doctors and hospitals are necessary.
I’m doing a home birth in June and would love some ore scientific reading on statistics and outcomes. Do you have any particular sites/links that you’ve found balanced and informative?
In my province, at least, (And speaking as a nurse who has worked in labour and delivery), I can’t think of anything that would have been done different at home vs. hospital to catch this. Oxygenation is check at home and hospital by nurses and midwives. Unless the OB/midwife is expecting some anomoly, no scan or further diagnostic tests are done after birth that would show a heart condition. Perhaps I’m missing the story, but it sounds like one of those sad stories where she could also have done her 48h post-natal in hospital and then been discharged home and had the same thing happen.
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