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Old Nov 22nd, 2012, 10:50 AM   31
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Jane,

You can still have a home birth if you want. As far as I understand for you UK girls, you still get the choice (and go to the natural birthing section for more info), whether or not they support it.

I also had a home birth against standard advice (a previous shoulder dystocia delivery, but sorry, I'm a giant 5'5! Haha) and it was the best decision I ever made. The problem with dystocia tends to be poor positioning (ie. on a hospital bed), immobile labours, etc. I found myself wandering & walking constantly throughout my home labour, so much more comfortable in my own surroundings (my 1st was a hospital birth), and when the 'signs' of problems came (ie. a long pushing stage) it was only then that I transferred to the hospital by ambulance (and he was born very soon after without any doctors being involved, the midwife never transfered me to their care).

RE: Induction
Tends to involve you being stuck on your back and forcing baby out into a wonky position, which is why he said no. Fetal size is not the major factor (yes, stuck babies tend to be bigger but that is only one component of the issue).



 
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Old Nov 22nd, 2012, 12:27 PM   32
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My mate is 4'10 and a shoe size 3 and she had both her babies vaginally and quick births too, under 5 hrs both of them. Her son is very tall now!



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 08:44 AM   33
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I am 4ft 9 (and a half) and there has been no talk of me having a c-section (apart from when i thought i wanted one at the start)
My mum is 5ft and she had to have c-sections with all her babies because her pelvis is too small. & my friend recently had her baby & ended up having to have a c-section because her pelvis was too small too and she is just an average height girl.
But as far as we are aware i am perfectly capable of giving birth!
So it's nothing to do with being short i dont think

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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 10:10 AM   34
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I'm about 1/2 inch under 5 ft and I remember my Mum, I think, used to say I'd probably need a c-section when I had children.

Nonsense anyway. I had Sam naturally without any height related issues and he was 8 days overdue.

Surely it's more to do with the size of your hips etc?

Although given the size of my bump this time not sure I will be so lucky!



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 13:32 PM   35
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Hi everyone

Thanks for your encouragement. I had no negative thoughts about my height or pelvis size at all til they started their (what feels like) attack this week. I'm sure my body can do this and true CPD is extremely rare, but they've planted the seed of doubt in my mind now

Trying to think positive, but when you're so close to giving birth its had a massive impact on how I feel about everything. My confidence is shattered and there's very little time to build it up now.

Aliss - you're right, I can in this country still go against the advice and have a homebirth, but my belief in myself has took such a nose dive I don't think I'll be able to relax as I'll just be waiting for one of the midwives to tell me its not progressing, or that the shoulders are stuck etc I will take your advice though and ensure that I stay mobile and try and help baby down anyway I can.

The supervisor of midwives called me today to see how consultant appointment went yesterday. I was honest with her and told her how upset this had all made me and that I was now petrified of having my baby and the risk of c-section etc whereas before I was genuinely excited. She was very apologetic and almost seemed shocked that it had had such an impact. But what did they expect so close to full term, that I'd be really happy with all their scaremongering?! If the risk was there, it would have been there from the beginning, so I would really have appreciated it being pointed out to me earlier. She tried to reassure me that the likeihood is a very normal vaginal delviery with no assistance, but that they had to make me aware of the issues; which I understand, I'm just so annoyed its took them so long and that they gave me the green light for setting up my birthing pool etc at home, only for me to have to take it down again in the same week because they're 'really not comfortable' with it.

Anyways, she's booked me another tour of the midwife led unit (we last visited as part of a class back in September) and is going to have one of the midwives from there talk through my fears. That's on Monday, so I'll be 39 weeks and 1 day.

Hoping baby proves them all wrong and shoots out over the weekend!!



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 15:15 PM   36
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im 4ft7,shoe size 3 & im consultant led due too height restrictions, suppose the good way to look at it os that u have a few more extra eyes on u for saftey but it does make me feel kinda crappy at times that people think im not capable of natural delivery! We will never know unless we can try!! Booked in for a sweep day before my Duedate too hopefully get te ball rolling! *if i havent went before then*
Soo im Still waiting for my girl too arrive, my body keeps giving me false hope that something gnna start & then boooom Nothing, so i think ill still be here at newyears lol *hope not tho lol*

Happy 3RD Tri ladies!
Hope ye's are all comfy n stress free as possible xx



 
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Old Nov 23rd, 2012, 17:19 PM   37
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I am right at 5'0" even. I have a 21 month old DD and neither of my mw's were concerned with my height. My dad even asked my first mw if my height would affect labor or birth at all and she told him that she had had a number of shorties who did exceptionally well during labor and birth. So, I think it's just people being uncomfortable or something like that.



 
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 00:04 AM   38
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Thats silly...

I'm only 4'11 and never heard about my height giving me problems giving birth, only that since I'm small, to expect a smallish baby.

Reason why I say that's silly is because most of my family is my height, maybe just a tad bit taller than me... and um.... I'm originally from a third world country and my aunts all had regular vaginal births.... and my mom had the smallest family at 6 kids!!!!

Some of my aunts have had 10 or more kids too!

So I'm not worried!



 
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 00:22 AM   39
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I'm 5'0" on a good day. Never been prego but I wanted to say that I'm fairly average size among my hispanic co-workers and them girls pop out babies all the time. (When cussing my infertility I sometimes wish I was Guatemalan, coz they "seem" so fertile - from the outside looking in of course)
I don't "feel" short when I'm around them.

Mom wasn't much taller than me, maybe 5'2" on a good day and she had 3 kids vaginally.



 
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Old Nov 24th, 2012, 09:52 AM   40
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Thats silly...

I'm only 4'11 and never heard about my height giving me problems giving birth, only that since I'm small, to expect a smallish baby.

Reason why I say that's silly is because most of my family is my height, maybe just a tad bit taller than me... and um.... I'm originally from a third world country and my aunts all had regular vaginal births.... and my mom had the smallest family at 6 kids!!!!

Some of my aunts have had 10 or more kids too!

So I'm not worried!
The midwife told me that there's no link between maternal height and the size of the baby if the father is average/above average size. My husband is only 5"10 but his father is 6"5. At our 34 week growth scan the baby was at 5lb 11oz, so by the time my due date rolls around, the baby will be over 8lb (as they tend to put on half a lb a week). The midwife just kept harping on about how that was a very big baby for my size.

I understand CPD, but I just struggle to understand how nature could allow a woman to grow a baby that is physically too large for her body.

What weights were your mom's babies?

I know I was 6lb 3oz and my little sister was 7lb 2 oz; so this baby is bigger than my mom's children already.

The small women I'm taking inspiration from, my Mom, Nan and great Nan have unfortunately all passed away so I can't find out about their experiences, or the sizes of my nan's babies. I just know that they were as petite as me and managed to have 19 children between them, all homebirths.



 
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