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30/08/2013 at 15:04
For the home birth ladies, pretty please!
Midwife booking in today. All fine. She says our area has a much higher than the national average for homebirthing (bet they all say that, lol), and that because my first labour was quick, despite him being big, that it bodes well for a home birth.
However, there seemed to be a long list of caveats. I don't recall them all. One was anaemia and on any given day I'm usually anaemic/borderline anyway! Another was high blood pressure and towards the end of my previous pregnancy (which was rotten) my blood pressure nudged up from the usual low, because I was anxious, depressed and ended up 17 days overdue. So she stressed how important it is to 'keep that blood pressure down for a home birth'.
I'm probably super-sensitive because a ) I just am right now, OKAY?!?! , b) I had a bit of a crap time with the hospital they are going to want me to go to, c) with every week that passes I become more and more determined to have a home birth (medical conditions permitting) and really in love with the idea of not having to leave my home.
I'd love some feedback on this from ladies that know... were you unable to have a home birth, if so, why?
30/08/2013 at 18:39
They didn't really say anything to me but then I have normal bmi, no history of anything etc so could probably see that I was low risk.
Anaemia can be treated and I guess it was the reason for your high bp, it's a different pregnancy remember.
31/08/2013 at 17:30
Just remember also they do is advise, they can't make you do anything, its all your choice - just kept asking them "why" xyz is not advised - and what they do about in a hospital. You could easily take iron tablets at home for anemia for example.
Have you been on homebirth.org website?
31/08/2013 at 21:03
I had a water birth with my first in hospital and it was fab so for my second I planned to have a home water birth, unfortunately I went over due so wasn't allowed a home birth and wasn't allowed a water birth in hospital because of going over. I went over 15 days. I would recommend a water birth though
31/08/2013 at 21:21
That's what I thought too Horsefan. I could have pills, or even injections for anaemia. I didn't want to push it with the midwife, early days, first appointment etc.
I've been on and off that site quite a lot, it's great, and joined a homebirthers FB group, but it's also really nice to hear from people 'in real life', as it were. :)
Yoyo, funny you should mention being overdue.... I was 17 days over with Harry. This time around I am already aware of watching the dates so I can argue - if necessary - that I'm not as overdue as it might seem. I made my EDD 8/4, as did my early scan at 7 weeks. Midwife has it 1 day sooner based on LMP (no idea why) and told me to forget the dating on the 7 week scan because it's 'so much more accurate at 12 weeks'. Which I can't see. They put me way forward with my son because he was large (9lb 5) so although I probably sound a bit neurotic I'm just on the lookout from the off lol.
31/08/2013 at 22:24
Anaemia doesn't actually alter the risks to you or baby in birth, the only 'issue' is if you have a lot of bleeding, it will make you feel crap for longer. Anaemia itself doesn't increase the risk of PPH.
Echo HF, it's all about informed choice - they cannot 'make you' or 'allow you' or 'not allow you' to do ANYTHING. Including being induced There is no law about not being allowed a homebirth if you are overdue. I have already decided if I go over I will consent to additional scans to check baby, placenta and fluid levels, but I won't consider induction until I hit 43 weeks (which is when induction is advised in France... they count 'term' as 41 weeks, not 40 weeks as well, sensible people!)
Check out the website HF mentioned, plus FB group 'homebirthers and hopefuls' is fab.
31/08/2013 at 22:27
Oh, and to answer your original question, off the top of my head other 'obstacles' could include BMI, previous haemorrhaging, baby position (eg breech they'd probably offer you to turn the baby or elective c-sec), if you'd have had loads of babies (they get twitchy past about 4 I think), SPD, diabetes, rural area, first baby (not applicable to you!) and I'm sure there's loads of others!
01/09/2013 at 13:03
I was put under an incredible amount of pressure to be induced but I politely turned it down (ummm I mean massive argument with consultant!) and had homebirth with 1st baby at 15days overdue. Next time, I just won't be bother seeing the consultant (although would probably agree to some monitoring/scan just to check all okay)
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