Erin - posted on 05/27/2011 ( 58 moms have responded )
So these questions really only apply to those of us who have had, will have, or are contemplating a homebirth. My intention is not for this to turn into another Homebirth vs Hospital Birth debate.
Lately I have read several stories of homebirths gone wrong.
One was a GBS+ mother who refused antibiotics... her baby died within 24hrs of birth.
One was a (barely) 36 weeker who, despite good Apgars, silently went into respiratory distress and died later in the day.
Another was a 43yo first time mother who attempted a breech vaginal delivery, resulting in head entrapment. They turned the machines off after a couple of days, and the baby died.
And another was a GD mother who went to 44 weeks, only to deliver a stillborn baby girl.
The midwives attending these last two birth have been charged.
Most of you know I am passionate about natural and homebirth. But I am not an extremist. Responsible midwives risk patients out of homebirth for a reason.
So my questions are these...
Would you continue your plans for a HB with a breech presentation, were over 35,GBS+ status, GD, or prem/post-dates baby (< 37 weeks or 42+ weeks)?