Anyone doing a home birth?

Ali Marie - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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The majority of my friends have done home-births and highly recommend them. My 1st was a c-section and where i live its almost impossible for me to have a VBAC at the hospital. So, I'm seriously considering a home-birth. Although, it is VERY expensive (for me anyway) and all the midwifes seem too "hippy" for my taste lol.

Anyone done, or planning to do this?

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Ali Marie - posted on 05/11/2010

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FYI I spoke with the midwife and she said she wouldn't feel comfortable helping me out since my last csection was only 13 months ago. She said I was too high risk, but maybe next time :\

Charlotte - posted on 05/05/2010

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where r u from? im having a home birth 4 the 3rd time & dont have 2 pay 4 it

Shaina - posted on 04/27/2010

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If you were on pitocin that long, an arrest of dilation was probably due to the pitocin overworking your uterine muscles. With no pitocin, you would probably be a good candidate for a VBAC.

An unassisted birth is giving birth at home with no medical professionals around. If you can't have a regulated midwife who can produce valid credentials, you would legally be having an unassisted birth and it's free if you do that with, say, just a doula.

Shaina - posted on 04/24/2010

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Oh, and arrest of dilation (which means the failure to continue to naturally dilate) only 15 months ago is actually one of those things where they will disqualify you for a VBAC. Do you know if you were given pitocin and how long you were before you were ordered for a c-section?

Shaina - posted on 04/24/2010

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Where is it that you live? If it's completely unregulated, then I would say prepare yourself for an unassisted birth (which is free) because you have no way of truly knowing the credentials of the midwife you choose.

Ali Marie - posted on 04/23/2010

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I had a csection because of "arrest of dilation" or some kind of crap like that lol It will have been 15 months since my csection. :\

$4500?!!?!? Thats waaay more than I have heard anyone out here say! Good thing!

Home-births are "alegal" here which means they are not illegal, but they're not regulated. So insurance companies dont help at all. Right now I have insurance that will cover 100% of the hospital bill.

Shaina - posted on 04/20/2010

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I'm having a homebirth, but I'm a hippie. :-) Depending on the reason for your c-section and the length of time it's been since it, you may find that a midwife is your only option. They generally run about $3000-$4500 depending on your area, but it's actually a lot less than the cost of a hospital birth. More insurance providers are covering it, so look into that. Also, most midwives have very nice payment plans and some states have funds set up to help defray the cost of a homebirth.

Erica - posted on 04/17/2010

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I'm having a home birth with a non-hippy midwife! Its pricey but there is a chance you can have it reimbursed by your insurance.

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