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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 06:11 AM   1
RoxieHart
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Hospital birth vs homebirth!!


My midwife is quite adamant that I am a great candidate for a homebirth as my last pregnancy and labour was fine.

She really did sell it to me! Having all my closest family around, being in my own surroundings, although she said I would have to go to the hospital the next day to have someone do the check on the newborn.

I can't stop thinking about the idea that a hospital birth would be more safe though? I mean, in emergency situations. I'm quite an anxious person, I like to know I have safety options. Also being able to wait there to do the newborn check. The only thing that puts me off the hospital is the infection I caught last time I gave birth there which had me rushed back to hospital a few days after my labour, ignored by a doctor and told it was nothing and to go home and take paracetamol, I refused as I pleaded with them about how ill I felt, I was hospitalised and put on a drip away from my daughter for a few days ... They never explained to me what happened, it was actually only when I by chance had my old midwife for my new pregnancies booking appointment that she explained to me! I must admit that hospital really isn't that great, but I'm always told I can't expect much from busy London hospitals ..

I just don't know what to choose? Can anyone outline any advantages and disadvantages... Anyone had a homebirth?

Thanks ladies!

Edit: I wanted a water birth with my first but there are only two rooms in the labour ward at my hospital.. They were both taken. My midwife said at my home visit for this pregnancy they can put up a pool in my home ... Was just thinking though that I live in a flat, 3rd floor.. Do you think that would be a problem?



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 06:36 AM   2
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Hi!

Well I have decided on a home birth for my second child (after a very quick and straightforward birth with my first). My friend, and her mum, are both midwives and completely sold the idea to me. The community midwives who are sent round for home births are far more qualified and experienced to deal with certain situations than the midwives who operate in the hospitals / hospital midwife led units. They are trained to deal with all sorts of complications should a problem arise, so in that sense I would feel more at ease knowing that I was in their care than I would on the birthing ward (the midwives were quite frankly rubbish at my first birth and tried to send me home 10 minutes before my daughter was born telling me I "wasn't in established labour" pffft!). Where is your nearest hospital? Although I am under the care of a hospital 40 mins or so drive from my house, I have been assured that in an emergency I would actually be transferred to the nearest hospital which is only 10 minutes away, but for all non emergency transfers I will go to my preferred hospital.

Apparently complications are less likely to arise with a home birth as mother is more relaxed in her own environment, thus less likely to need any intervention. My friends mum said that she has delivered hundreds of babies at home births and only ever had one proper emergency (first time birth) but even then, mum and baby were both transferred and absolutely fine. Although complications do happen, it's important to remember that they are actually very rare, and in most circumstances the midwives are trained to deal with many different emergency situations.

I will also (all going to plan!) have a water birth with my second, after an amazing experience with my first. It shouldn't matter that you are in a third floor flat, I'm pretty sure most buildings are designed to take the weight but if you're not sure then you could check with the birth pool companies. You can hire inflatable birth pools online for around 90, or buy new for a similar price.

Good luck with whatever you decide!



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 07:00 AM   3
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I'm in the same boat. My midwife is very pro home home birth, but I have a niggling worry I need an emergency c-section or something goes wrong.

I do think on one hand there's a reason 4 midwives I've discussed it with have all had home births themselves-and that gives me a little confidence in it.

I'm leaning towards a hospital birth in a midwife led unit right now though.



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 07:42 AM   4
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Hi!

Well I have decided on a home birth for my second child (after a very quick and straightforward birth with my first). My friend, and her mum, are both midwives and completely sold the idea to me. The community midwives who are sent round for home births are far more qualified and experienced to deal with certain situations than the midwives who operate in the hospitals / hospital midwife led units. They are trained to deal with all sorts of complications should a problem arise, so in that sense I would feel more at ease knowing that I was in their care than I would on the birthing ward (the midwives were quite frankly rubbish at my first birth and tried to send me home 10 minutes before my daughter was born telling me I "wasn't in established labour" pffft!). Where is your nearest hospital? Although I am under the care of a hospital 40 mins or so drive from my house, I have been assured that in an emergency I would actually be transferred to the nearest hospital which is only 10 minutes away, but for all non emergency transfers I will go to my preferred hospital.

Apparently complications are less likely to arise with a home birth as mother is more relaxed in her own environment, thus less likely to need any intervention. My friends mum said that she has delivered hundreds of babies at home births and only ever had one proper emergency (first time birth) but even then, mum and baby were both transferred and absolutely fine. Although complications do happen, it's important to remember that they are actually very rare, and in most circumstances the midwives are trained to deal with many different emergency situations.

I will also (all going to plan!) have a water birth with my second, after an amazing experience with my first. It shouldn't matter that you are in a third floor flat, I'm pretty sure most buildings are designed to take the weight but if you're not sure then you could check with the birth pool companies. You can hire inflatable birth pools online for around 90, or buy new for a similar price.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
Thank you! This is really informative! I'm under the care of a specialist group of community midwives, the same as with my daughter, they don't deliver the babies at hospital but do cover home births so it would be nice to be under their care during labour as I have a better relationship with them. Like you I was pretty much ignored when I was trying to tell them baby was coming, I probably would of birthed her on my own if it wasn't for my sister!

They also supply birthing pools themselves which is helpful! It does sound really nice to be able to do it all at home!



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 07:44 AM   5
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I'm in the same boat. My midwife is very pro home home birth, but I have a niggling worry I need an emergency c-section or something goes wrong.

I do think on one hand there's a reason 4 midwives I've discussed it with have all had home births themselves-and that gives me a little confidence in it.

I'm leaning towards a hospital birth in a midwife led unit right now though.
Thanks for this! It's hard isn't it... I'm worried about the newborn check too.. Like what if something isn't okay with the baby and I wouldn't know because I don't get the paediatrician check quicker like I might if I was in hospital? Ahhhh confusing!



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 12:33 PM   6
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I'm hoping for a home birth this time. I had planned one with my son but 24 hours after my waters broke I still hadn't gone into labour and I needed to be induced. I'd had the pool set up and everything!

For me, the main appeal/advantages of a home birth are:

1. Being in a relaxed, comfortable environment where I can do what I want, eat what I want, watch/listen to what I want.

2. I get to sleep in my own bed straight away and don't have to share a ward with other women and babies when all I want is my own space/privacy.

3. My older three kids and my family get to meet the new addition as soon as I want them to, and there's no restrictions on visiting.

I really feel like more women should be encouraged to give birth in birthing units or their own homes. Being pregnant isn't an illness that needs treating, it's one of the most special experiences of your life! Obviously high risk pregnancies and complications are a separate issue.. I think if you're very far away from a hospital then maybe it's not the right choice. But most birthing units are close to hospitals, and for me it's ideal because my house is only 10 minutes away in the event of an emergency.

As for the paediatrician check, my son was born at 9.50pm and didn't see the doctor until around 18 hours later. His white blood cell count was elevated (probably because my waters had been broken over 24 hours before labour started) and he needed antibiotics for 5 days. I honestly think the amount of time before he saw the doctor would have been the same if I'd had him at home. He was fine, by the way!!

Do plenty of research and make the choice that's right for you. Best of luck



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 13:16 PM   7
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I'm pregnant with my fifth, and this is the third time I am planning a homebirth. Between the two options there is no better choice than to birth at home.

The data and statistics are pretty established and readily available.



 
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Thanks ladies



 
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Old Jul 16th, 2014, 15:50 PM   9
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Hi there,
I had my first at home and Definitely having this one at home too!
The experience was amazing and I wouldn't change anything about it.
We had a pool too but I ended up giving birth in the sitting room.
The midwives were amazing and made us all tea and toast afterwards. They then cleaned up and left us to it. i had a midwife come out the day after to do the newborn checks!
Good luck with what u decide to do!
Xxx



 
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Hi there,
I had my first at home and Definitely having this one at home too!
The experience was amazing and I wouldn't change anything about it.
We had a pool too but I ended up giving birth in the sitting room.
The midwives were amazing and made us all tea and toast afterwards. They then cleaned up and left us to it. i had a midwife come out the day after to do the newborn checks!
Good luck with what u decide to do!
Xxx
Thank you! It's nice to hear how lovely your experience was! My midwife was like 'think about it, you could give birth, get into your own bed with your new baby and order take away! '



 
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