(Closed) Homebirth, Midwives & Birth Centers

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I think it is absolutely fine to plan for the birth you want. I would just say prepare for every eventuality and have a back up plan should something go wrong quickly. I had a very healthy and normal pregnancy and labour and was with a MW team all through it. Now the problem was that I didn’t progress very fast. I spend 36 hours in labour and ended up with emergency forceps because DS went into distress and had the cord around his neck (I also hemmoraged badly afterwards). We were both fine in the end but if we hadn’t been in a hospital and gotten help from an emergency team, things could have gone very differently.

My birthplan was to have DS in a birthcentre located at a hospital so that I could just be wheeled upstairs if anything went wrong. If there is a possibility to find something similar in your area, then I would strongly reccommend it. Hopefully you won’t need it but it’s nice to know help is nearby if neccessary.


Post # 17
7111 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think homebirth or birth in a birthing center can be a good option, if they are available locally. We don’t have those options in my town and I didn’t want to drive a long distance to get to a birth center while in labor, so I had a med-free birth at a regular hostpial with a regular OB and it went great! No pressure about speeding things up, nobody made me feel bad or silly about going the med-free route. OB and nursing staff were very supportive and mostly stayed out of my way. I only share so that if you end up in a hospital, you know it doesn’t have to be an awful experience!

But, to your question about what to look for when having a home or birthing center birth, I think the biggest thing is that you should look for CNM (certified nurse midwife). Other people who call themselves midwives can have any level of training (or lack thereof). But a CNM should be able to provide care for a normal, healthy pregnancy and delivery. They should also be able to help transition, in the event that you risk out and need further management from an MD. So I’d start looking into reviewes for CNMs in your area and try to meet with a few of them to pick one you like.

Post # 18
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I gave birth in a birth centre within a hospital. I had saw one midwife throughout the pregnancy and she also led the birth.

The birth itself was a very calm and positive experience – just the midwife, my husband and me – there was no intervention, no drugs and no hurry. I labored in the bath and gave birth wherever was comfortable (in my case, sitting on the toilet haha). I felt well cared for and assured that medical help was available if required because the public maternity ward was literally down the hall.

I would highly recommend a birth centre within a hospital as I did require medical attention post birth (I had 2nd grade tears and some other trauma) – a doctor was on hand immediately to tend to me, then disappeared as soon as her job was done. I primarily chose this option as my husband has a phobia of regular hospitals  (the birth centre rooms had all of the medical equipment hidden) and I didn’t want any intervention unless necessary.

Honestly, I thought I’d hate childbirth but it was probably one of the most positive and empowering events of my life – thanks to the birth centre.

Post # 19
7974 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’m shocked to learn hospitals have time lines.  my hospital experience was completely opposite.  there was no rush for me at all.  i had a vaginal birth.  (i did have a complication of my son’s hr deceling during contractions, so i was on a monitor.)  but had this not happened, i would have had the freedom to walk the halls, changes positions, use the shower, bath.  it was a private room.

when it was time for me to push, the doctor did not rush me at all.  i was very happy with my first time experience.

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