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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 05:35 AM   1
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Homebirth Refused


Had an appointment with a consultant today, and they're REFUSING to sign off my home birth. Even though I was under the impression that at the end of the day, it's my choice?

They say it's because my iron levels are still "low" - they're 10, which is a huge improvement on the 8 they were a month ago.

They want me to go in again at 39 weeks for another blood test and re-assessment, which is pointless as the results won't be back until 39.5 weeks and I'd still need to get the home assessment booked, my iron levels aren't going to rise in the next 2 weeks as I'm allergic to iron tablets and had to have an iron infusion a couple of weeks ago (but i don't have another booked so my iron levels are going to stay exactly the same).

Really confused - I thought it was my choice if I really wanted to go ahead with a home birth? Anyone have any experience with this?



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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 05:42 AM   2
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Yes it is your choice, they cant stop you. Have you spoke with SoM?

I'm home birthing against medical advice but consultant i seen was understanding still. A plan of action was just put in place for me. You should join the homebirth support group on FB if they use FB they are great for advice and is MW on there too.



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 05:49 AM   3
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Look on here : http://www.birthrights.org.uk/advice/your-rights/



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 05:54 AM   4
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Yes it is your choice, they cant stop you. Have you spoke with SoM?

I'm home birthing against medical advice but consultant i seen was understanding still. A plan of action was just put in place for me. You should join the homebirth support group on FB if they use FB they are great for advice and is MW on there too.
How would I get in touch with SOM - would that be through the hospital?

The thing that's really annoying me is, I've been saying to my MW for weeks that this consultant appointment was too late. I'm 37 weeks tomorrow - this is so stressful!
Today and the last time I was supposed to see my consultant, he wasn't in clinic and they hd a stand in. the stand in today said I was going to have to see my actual consultant for confirmation. I was like, well what's the point in that when he's never in!
I asked if it was my choice and they said they weren't signing it off, and that I was just going to have to go to the hospital.
They won't even let me just sign something to say that I acknowledge all risks and that I don't have a choice in it



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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 06:17 AM   5
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Yes it is your choice, they cant stop you. Have you spoke with SoM?

I'm home birthing against medical advice but consultant i seen was understanding still. A plan of action was just put in place for me. You should join the homebirth support group on FB if they use FB they are great for advice and is MW on there too.
How would I get in touch with SOM - would that be through the hospital?

The thing that's really annoying me is, I've been saying to my MW for weeks that this consultant appointment was too late. I'm 37 weeks tomorrow - this is so stressful!
Today and the last time I was supposed to see my consultant, he wasn't in clinic and they hd a stand in. the stand in today said I was going to have to see my actual consultant for confirmation. I was like, well what's the point in that when he's never in!
I asked if it was my choice and they said they weren't signing it off, and that I was just going to have to go to the hospital.
They won't even let me just sign something to say that I acknowledge all risks and that I don't have a choice in it
I think you get in contact with SoM through your MW. I was lucky enough 1 of MW i was seeing was SoM.

This is what happened with me, at my 34w appt we talked about labour/delivery. As i was going against their guidelines i need to see consultant to talk through risks etc. My MW said i needed to do this in order to get ball rolling. I seen consultant 2 days later, when i spoke to my MW after she said thats another pointer ticked off the list basically. I was then booked a home birth visit to go through the paper work and assessment which was pretty straight forward. My plan of action was given to hosp incase of a transfer and all community MW received information about me and my plan.



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 06:37 AM   6
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Thank you for suggesting SOM!
I rang labour ward & they passed the message on, and she called me back straight away.
She was really lovely about it and said that the person I saw today had no right telling me what I can and can't do, and that she's going to speak to the consultant that she was standing in for, as he would have approved if it was actually him that I saw.
She's going to speak to my community midwives and arrange for my home visit.
She was actually a bit surprised at what I was told at my appointment today, and said that as long as I'm aware of the risks and that the midwives attending are comfortable with it, they didn't see any reason why it can't go ahead. x



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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 06:57 AM   7
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I'm so glad you spoke to the SOM and she was so understanding! That consultant had no right refusing you a home birth, it's your choice as you know.

I'm actually surprised they had an issue with your iron level in the first place. I recently saw a midwife who said the NICE guidelines have changed regarding iron levels and now anything above 8.5 was acceptable for a home birth. She said it used to be 10.5, so even then yours isn't much lower than that!

All the best, I hope you're able to have the birth you want



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 10:30 AM   8
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Thank you for suggesting SOM!
I rang labour ward & they passed the message on, and she called me back straight away.
She was really lovely about it and said that the person I saw today had no right telling me what I can and can't do, and that she's going to speak to the consultant that she was standing in for, as he would have approved if it was actually him that I saw.
She's going to speak to my community midwives and arrange for my home visit.
She was actually a bit surprised at what I was told at my appointment today, and said that as long as I'm aware of the risks and that the midwives attending are comfortable with it, they didn't see any reason why it can't go ahead. x

Fantastic to hear that! I hate it when these docs/consultants try to bully us, just no need for it. X



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 11:57 AM   9
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Stalking as I am hoping for a home birth this time. Consultant has ok'd it, just to discuss it with my mw at my 34 week appointment. Back for a growth scan at 36 weeks just to double check that he isn't too big,due to daughters weights at gestation, and should be good to go. I have very quick labours, dd1 90mins and dd2 50mins start to finish, so chances are I wouldn't make hospital in time anyway. I'll be lucky if my mw gets to me before he arrives lol.
Good luck to you both xx



 
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Old Nov 12th, 2014, 13:24 PM   10
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I'm beginning to wonder if my midwife has done everything properly! I told her I want a homebirth and she said that's fine, I'll put it in the diary. I had to ask her what happens next and she said as long as you go into labour between 38 and 42 weeks, I just phone triage at the hopital as normal and they send someone.

No mention of home visits or anything else.

I am also consultant led due to high BMI but have only seen him once.



 
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