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Old Sep 19th, 2017, 11:45 AM   1
willowblossom
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How is your homebirth planning going?


OK bit of a random thread but I noticed nobody has posted here for a while!
So my story is I am aiming for a second homebirth (3rd baby)
At 12 weeks I saw a consultatant who said he wasn't sure about me having a homebirth due to raised bmi and pcos. I think he was expecting me to have gestational diabetes because of that! Anyway my midwife said to ignore him as I know my body and have had 2 very straight forward labours!
So just had my gtt on Friday and passed so am very relieved! 😁 although I found out at 20 weeks I have a very low lying placenta so waiting for a rescan and at 34 weeks to see if it's moved out the way, also now my baby is breech!! The odds are truly against me!! I'm staying hopeful though! There is still time for it to turn I hope!
How is everyone else's homebirth planning going?
What are your plans for pools ect, childcare for older kids and birth partners?
I am annoyed as can't really get a pool and stuff sorted until my re scan .



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 06:33 AM   2
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I always find it sad when I come in here and it's completely dead so thought I would reply to your post
I had a low lying placenta with my second at 20 weeks then 28 it had moved a bit more then by 32 was completely fine and went on to have my first homebirth which was amazing!!!
I have already booked into my homebirth and organised a holiday house as we can't birth in our small town so have to leave town and find other accommodation and what not. I will be buying a birth pool as I did last time but this time I will go the birth pool in a box I think they are much bigger than the one I had last time and look so comfy!
I have 3 boys 5,3 and 1.5 but they will most likely be there with me when I give birth. If they get to much family will only be half an he away so can come grab the littler ones as mr 5 is determined he wants to see his brother or sister born. We have watched numerous birth videos together as I was preparing him when I was pregnant with #3 which was suppose to be a home birth but I ended up with a Placental abruption so that didn't happen and he wasn't to happy he didn't eat to be there so is really looking forward to it this time. Although he does not want another brother so will be interesting to see his reaction if it is another boy lol.
I hope your placenta moves and you get the birth you desire!
I still have to pass my enitial assessment. My bmi is 33.4 and I have in my head that their cut off 33 so I am hoping my midwife just takes the .4 off and I can't still go through lol.
I haven't had my appointment yet I am 13 weeks and still waiting on my appointment letter which probably won't be for another 2-4 weeks but will see a midwife in town in the meantime if I need to.
Not long to go for you now either that's so exciting! Do you know what you are having?



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2017, 10:09 AM   3
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Yay glad to hear from somebody! Glad your starting to get things prepared! Last time I had a la bassine pool which I think is smaller than birth pool in a box but I really liked it! I think my midwife said she has a birth pool in a box that I could borrow this time so that saves a bit if stress, just need to buy a liner for it.
Aww I hope your older boy gets to be there this time! That's lovely that he wants to be involved! I'm hoping to keep mine at home but Hopfully they will be asleep when the time comes. They are 5 and 3.
As for bmi, where I am if it's over 30 they say you are higher risk and if it's over 35 I think you are advised to be under consultant care so no homebirth. Mine is 31.5.
No we are team yellow this time!! So excited as we found out with both my other 2! 😁



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2017, 22:46 PM   4
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I just had one that was a like a kids blow up pool it even had fishes on it lol but it was still great I just wanted something bigger.
That's great your midwife has one as they are not cheap what a bonus!!!
I am struggling staying team yellow we didn't find out with our first but did with the last 2 and thought 4th and final we will keep it a surprise but now I am not so sure. I hope I can keep strong and not find out but will see on the day of the scan lol
How are you finding this pregnancy?



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 10:49 AM   5
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Hi can I join? It sounds like you both have had homebirths and maybe can offer some tips!
I'm having a hard time making a decision on homebirth vs hospital!



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 13:06 PM   6
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Hi sunnydee! Please join us! Any questions about previous homebirth please ask! My one try was one if the best experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anybody having a normal pregnancy! I think I will be so disappointed if I dont get to have another one this time.

Kirstie as for pregnancy number three I think it's been my easiest one! Although I am still doing a very physical job so my spd is really bad this time. I'm starting to get to the point now where I'm getting a bit fed up of it all! I hope the next 9 weeks go fairly fast! I don't want to wish the time away as it will be my last pregnancy but I am not naturally good at being pregnant lol!! Is this your last baby too? Xx



 
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Old Oct 1st, 2017, 14:39 PM   7
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Well I only have 10 weeks till due date so I should really get deciding since there will be alot of things to have ready for a homebirth!

Did you feel like having a pool was worth it? I'm just afraid I won't have time to use it or won't feel like being in water? I'm not sure.

I really want to avoid lying down this time cause my pushing phase was 2 hours and ended with 3rd degree tear so a water birth might be what I need? I've just read stories where the pool wasn't ready before baby arrives! There's no option for waterbirth at my hospital.

I'm worried about getting to the hospital on time which makes me sway more towards homebirth but the thought of possibly needing a transfer would freak me out too!

And childcare is another dilemma I have since I have nobody to watch my toddler. I guess he would be better off at home where my husband could keep him occupied? Do you have someone come watch your kids at home?



 
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Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 03:23 AM   8
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Hi sunnydee and welcome.
I would suggest getting ina may gaskins guide to childbirth book as that was the most amazing and inspiring piece of reading it did when I was getting ready for my home birth.
My homebirth was decided at 36 weeks when I was doing my hospital labor ward tour and asked what happens in the case my labor is faster and I don't make it and the midwife said why don't you have baby at home so we transferred my care over and that was that.

My bubs was born 2hrs and 10 minutes after my midwives arrived and I used my pool from about 7-8cms and it was soooo worth it, it was excellent for pain relief as the water for me took so much of the tension away due to just floating and the weight of my belly being taken from the water.
You can birth how ever you choose even in the hospital if you don't want to be on the bed you don't have to be it is your baby and your body you make those choices despite what a hospital may try to enforce.
We have 3 children already so a home birth for us is more ideal that way we don't need anyone to watch the kids as my husband sister mum and most likely mother in law will be there so plenty of people to keep them occupied.
It is the most amazing experience honestly it is so empowering and just so different to birthing in a hospital.
You feel 100% comfortable and relaxed and therefor the birth for me was just so enjoyable!
I had to have a hospital birth with number 3 after #2 being a homebirth due to having a placentalabruption and it was just awful! After experiencing how amazing it is to birth at home I don't think I would ever enjoy a hospital birth again.
Trust yourself and your body you know what is right for you.

Willow I'm so glad this pregnancy has been easy for you that's such a nice ending to it all hey!
Yes this is our last baby and was unplanned but still very much loved. It has been my easiest in term of complications which is great! Usually I suffer horrifically with hyperemesis and I usually bleeding well into the second and sometimes third trimester so to have only had 1 day of spotting and to almost be off my mess for my hyperemesis I am pretty stoked!!
I heard from my hospital today and I am a little nervous as she said the case load (homebirth) is all booked out but I had spoken to the coordinator for the hospital about 3 or 4 weeks ago and had assured me she had blocked out my dates for me so fingers crossed I still get in!
I feel as though my pregnancy is going soooo slow I am 14 weeks in 2 days but I seriously feel like I have been in the first trimester forever!! I have mine and hubbies birthday in November then my eldest 2 a week before Christmas then Chrissy and then my youngest in January so I thinking that once November hits it is going to fly and we will need to be organised by then lol.
Do you do any hypnobirthig or relaxation techniques during birth? And have you read ina may gaskins book?
I have just been adding stuff to my podcasts the last few days to start getting into my meditation and hypnotherapy for labor and birth and will be reading ina mays book this week also I love love love her book and her story!



 
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Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 07:48 AM   9
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Sunnydee don't worry I can't get planning mine until I have my next scan to see if the placenta has moved out of the way!
My last homebirth was so quick. I barely made it into the pool but am so glad I did as I'm sure it helps prevent tearing and it really helps with the pain. Also it contains most of the mess!! 😁 I will definitely have a pool again this time. As for childcare I hope mine will be in bed but luckily mil only lives 20 mins away so she will be on standby.
Are you in the UK? If so the NHS are becoming really supportive for homebirths. My hospital is about 30-40 minute drive away but I live right opposite an ambulance station so that gives me comfort knowing that I wouldn't have to wait for an ambulance if I needed to transfer in an emergency.xx

Kirstie this baby wasnt planned either!! I have pcos and getting pregnant has never been easy for me so we were a tad shocked when we found out lol!! 😁 we thought we were done at 2!! Xx



 
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Old Oct 2nd, 2017, 19:24 PM   10
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Willow this baby is definitely meant to be for you guys then!!
It took us 3 years to conceive our first due to having low progesterone then our last 3 have happened with our trying lol our second was even conceived using the pullout method!! It’s incredible what life throws you sometimes hey!
Have you got any names picked out yet? We struggled really bad last pregnancy and only found a name we agreed on 2 days before hub was born and this time I have a feeling bubs may be nameless for a day or so lol



 
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