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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 10:28 AM   1
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Homebirth after haemorrage. Opinions.


When I had Lucy I haemorraged 600ml (I think that's the measurement). I didn't need a transfusion and just had iron tablets when I was discharged. I was talking to df about wanting a home birth if we did have another (I wanted one with Lucy but lived with my mum at the time). I think that I haemorraged because I was left in assessment for four hours, this meant they were pushed for time to get Lucy out as she had pooed, so had the induction hormone on the highest it would go. They also gave me the injection to deliver the placenta (neither I or df remember consenting to this) so I think that's why I haemorraged. If I had another baby when Lucy was say three would I be able to have a homebirth?



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 11:39 AM   2
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Personally I wouldn't risk it. My DD had to be helped out as her heartbeat dropped rapidly, and I definitely wouldn't want a home birth incase it happened again. I did however go to he midwife led unit for my second (rather than the medical led delivery suite where I had DD) - it was such a different experience from the 1st time round (water-birth, no interventions) but I had the peace of mind of knowing that I could be transferred if anything went wrong.

Might a midwife led unit be an option for you?



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 11:43 AM   3
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I probably wouldn't risk it either. Could you ask your OB about it ? Do ladies in the UK have obstetricians? I'm in the US, so I see mine every year for a check-up, and he answers any questions I might have.



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 11:44 AM   4
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I personally wouldn't. I was always open minded about a home birth but after an horrific labour, I'd never consider it as I don't think its worth the risk.



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 11:54 AM   5
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I had a hemorrhage as well and had briefly considered a homebirth for my next, but thinking back to how quickly it all happened and the fact that I narrowly escaped a blood transfusion; I won't be risking it. I would ask your doctor and then your midwife when the time comes if you're really intent on it.



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 12:03 PM   6
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I personally wouldn't risk it. My friend had a homebirth and had to be rushed to hospital for emergency episiotomy and forceps. I also had a text book pregnancy and ended up hooked to machines due to baby passing meconium and heart best dropping. I know plenty of people that have had successful home births though but it is a personal choice.
I think a midwife led unit sounds fab. Water birth and no interventions but peace of mind that if something did go wrong it would be sorted straight away!



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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 12:14 PM   7
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It's always your choice whether to have a homebirth, no one has to give you permission. I attempted a hb with Lucy but ended up with an emergency c section. I lost 990mls of blood but no one mentioned that this was a lot or gave me iron tablets or anything. I had a successful HBAC last November with Ella, all very straightforward. Midwives at hb don't take any risks, if they start to feel things aren't going perfectly they'll ask you to transfer in. They don't wait until everything's gone horrendously wrong, they always err on the side of caution. You could always plan for a homebirth and then see how you feel about it when you're in the late stages of pregnancy and when labour begins. You've got a good chance of a straightforward delivery with this being no2 as long as you don't need to be induced again x



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 12:20 PM   8
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Oh and with a hb you can guarantee you won't be ignored for 4 hours in assessment, you'll have a midwife with you 100% focused on you, not tending to other women for the whole of your labour, then most trusts insist on their being 2 midwives at the point of the baby being born so you'll have 2-1 care! Much less chance of anything not being spotted. My mw was in the same room as me the whole time, talking me through everything, taking readings, listening to the baby's heartbeat after every contraction at one point. Then at the end I had 2 midwives there and I felt totally supported and safe x



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 12:20 PM   9
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Thr circumstances of your labour would have massively increases the risks of haemorrhage, none of which would happen at homr so I would absolutely hsve a homebirth



 
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Old Jun 14th, 2014, 12:31 PM   10
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The hospital has a midwife led unit, but only one birthing pool, my pregnancy was fine no complications, it was only the meconium in my waters when I went into labour that meant I was induced. I'm undecided as of now, we aren't having another for over a year, so I've got time to think about it and would ask the midwife about it obviously. I felt that I was majorly ignored in the hospital, I hated the environment and felt that I was being rushed because of their lack of beds. My df hated the whole thing too. In fact they didn't even noticed I was bleeding so much until I was discharged. Shocking really. This is really pushing me for a home birth with one to one care



 
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