In labour - home birth

Discussion in 'Pregnancy - Third Trimester' started by CharlieP, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. CharlieP

    CharlieP Mum to Charlie

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    Hi Guys

    Have also posted on the home birth forum but was wondering whether anyone on here can help me. I have gone into labour (fairly irregular contractions and started having my show).

    we're having a home birth and neither of us can remember at what stage we should phone ambulance control to contact the midwife - does anyone know??

    Cheers
     
  2. leahsbabybump

    leahsbabybump Mummy to 3

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    sorry i cant offer any 100% advice but dont you have your community midwifes fone number you could call and ask her :-/ that may be a dum reply but i dont know anything about home birthing so sorry if silly answer and good luck xx
     
  3. Celesse

    Celesse Well-Known Member

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    In Newcastle we would phone the Maternity Assessment Unit for advice and they would do a phone assessment and call the midwife when appropriate. It would take an hour+ for midwife to arrive so maybe call when you have regular contractions and are getting close to the point where you need gas and air, or support.
     
  4. Pippin

    Pippin Sam and Adélie-Rose's Mum

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    I'd say you need to ring your designated mw first just so she knows. She'll tell you when to call her again. Good luck. x
     
  5. Eliza_V

    Eliza_V Wife and Mummy!

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    Ring the labour ward/delivery suite/midwife assessment unit at the hospital where your care is undertaken (anywhere with a midwife!) for advice on what's happening and when to call your midwife :flower: Just because you're planning to birth at home it doesn't mean you can't ring them for advice. Good luck, hope all goes well!! I'm hoping for a homebirth myself :flower: xx
     
  6. CharlieP

    CharlieP Mum to Charlie

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    thanks everyone. x
     
  7. dan-o

    dan-o RMC's but mum to 3 now!

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    How exciting!! Good luck hun! xxx
     
  8. PeanutBean

    PeanutBean Mumma to Byron & Indigo

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    I personally waited until I felt labour was really getting going which in my case was about 18 hours after contractions started (I have long labours). The mw arrived an hour and a quarter before delivery which was perfect as I didn't want any interference. Interesting the ms in triage decided my baby wasn't coming any time soon which shows how much they know. Best thing is to trust your own instincts over how your labour is progressing.

    Not that dilation necessarily means anything with regards to how long til delivery, but you can look for a purple line running up your bum crack which extends a cm with each cm dilation. Mine was very striking at 5/6cm shortly before I called the mw.
     
  9. RaspberryK

    RaspberryK Well-Known Member

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    Good luck

    x
     
  10. mummaofthree

    mummaofthree just me + three.... <3

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    i went into labour at around 10pm started having contractions.... called the labour wards at 2 hospitals to let them know and was greeted by 'were busy' from both.

    called my community midwife at around 3am... when it started to hurt lol x

    lola was born at home at 8am, x

    good luck !! how exciting... stay calm, relax and breath ! focus. and youll be fine. xx
     
  11. Emmea12uk

    Emmea12uk The Folic acid police!

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    Good luck with your hb! Come back and tell us how it went!
     

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