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Old Jul 24th, 2015, 07:21 AM   31
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I'm not sure, I'm in the UK/Yorkshire and as its my first I really don't know how it works.
I don't even know the same of who I'm seeing on the 3rd, I've just got to go to the main midwife place.

To me I just think women have been doing it for thousands of years, and there's too much focus on what might go wrong rather than just getting on with it



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Old Jul 24th, 2015, 07:29 AM   32
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I know how you feel. Every one always says what if something goes wrong and I just want to say: why do you think something will go wrong? I think the idea that things can go badly stems from the way that minor things in hospital are treated as emergencies, so even when things are not textbook normal, it is treated as if something "went wrong".



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2015, 10:01 AM   33
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Hi ladies, congratulations to everyone

I hope to have a 2nd homebirth as my first was a very positive experience. My community midwifery team are very supportive of homebirths so fingers crossed yours are too CWB86.

Mostly people keep their opinions to themselves I find although a few people do wonder about the 'what if's' Ironic really as my worries are about the 'what if's' associated with hospital births I'm quite confident there is very little that can go wrong at home that cannot be safely delt with at the time or with a hospital transfer.

What are everyone's plans regarding vitamin K? I declined it the first time as they kept banging on about all newborns being deficient which I just didn't buy. The focus has changed now and the talk is about the 'vulnerable newborn period' and I do acknowldge there is a risk, all be it tiny. Swithering over giving the oral vit k this time but still not sure.



 
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Old Jul 25th, 2015, 17:00 PM   34
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Hi Keebs and CWB.

Keebs I was bullied into oral vitamin k with my second at the hospital but I didn't give her the other two doses I was supposed to. I dint give vitamin k to my first and won't give it again. My own opinion is newborns can't be "deficient" in something they naturally don't have and can't be made to be born with no matter how much vitamin k is given to the mother or injected directly into the placenta. Vitamin k levels naturally rise after birth and peak after just 8 days and I have no intention of injecting such a massive dose of it into my newborn (not to mention the adjutivuncts) or damage my babys virgin gut by putting anything but breastmilk in their stomach. And then there's the possible cancer link too. The risk of a brain hemorrhage is the same or even smaller than the increase in childhood leukemia among those who get vitamin k - not worth it to me.



 
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Old Jul 27th, 2015, 11:44 AM   35
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I had no idea about vitamin K injections. Oh man, I hope no one is going to try to inject anything into my newborn.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2015, 12:26 PM   36
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Just checking in. How's everyone doing?



 
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Old Aug 8th, 2015, 22:51 PM   37
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I had my booking in appointment and told her my concerns. She said the midwives where I am registered are generally supportive of home births but the consultants aren't. She said the consultant will probably try and talk me out of it (good luck to him, because there's probably nobody more stubborn than me).
She said to discuss it at my 16 week appointment (I'm 11 tomorrow)



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Old Aug 9th, 2015, 01:43 AM   38
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I'm glad the midwives are supportive at least, since they'll be the ones you'll be dealing with mostly. Don't mind the consultants, they have no right to refuse you a home birth. That's one thing I really like about the UK system as there's a duty of care requirement for midwives and consultants to provide care for you even if they don't agree with your requests (in other words you ALWAYS have the right to a home birth even if you're considered high risk and the consultants say no - you may not want to of course but that's your call, and you can refuse an induction etc as well). Sadly of course it doesn't mean you won't get bullied into following their recommendations, but its still reassuring to know ultimately they have to support you.

Good luck I hope you don't have to sorry about standing your ground and are met with support along the way.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2015, 08:10 AM   39
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Oh man it sounds hard, but at least you don't have fear of getting talked out of what you want.

I had an appointment on Friday and everything is looking great. Although the MW told me I need more protein..which is what they always tell me because they often do not see non-meat as sources of protein. I'm eating beans, nuts, and high-protein veggies like spinach for snacks, but she seems to think I need to eat some sort of meat every time I put something in my mouth, which is something my belly is not prepared to do!



 
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Thats nuts!



 
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