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Mandy - posted on 09/03/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

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this is my 6th baby im 37 weeks and i want a home birth but my doctor wont surpport it

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Kathy - posted on 09/06/2012

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Joanne,



While I understand you will never have a homebirth given what you have seen, the truth is the stats on homebirth for low risk women with a trained caregiver are very good (perhaps better than hospital birth).



http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2009...



I also disagree that you can have a natural delivery with minimal clinical intrusions in a hospital. Oh, I know it can happen (I had my second at the hospital with a midwife and doula and it was largely intervention free). None-the-less, your chances of having an intervention-free birth in the hospital are not great. I had numerous interventions with my first delivery - and in hindsight none of them were needed (what was needed was more one-on-one support during labour). I would not go into a hospital without a midwife or doula expecting to get out intervention free. Interventions are very common and arguing with a doctor or nurse in labour is borderline impossible while dealing with contractions.



OP - have you made up your mind in any direction?

Mandy - posted on 09/19/2012

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your at risk high blood loss with the more children you have and they class your sixth child high risk x

Juliannemarie - posted on 09/18/2012

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My mother had 6 natural births and her last had to be c-section or he would have died. She was in her late 30s and that alone puts her in the high risk category. Its a good thing she didn't have her last at home like the rest or he wouldn't be here today.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/18/2012

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Sorry Sally I fully disagree with your sentiments about doctors not knowing how to deliver outside of a hospital. It is more about their insurance coverage than anything. Also, you can have a low/no intervention birth right in a hospital.

Juliannemarie - posted on 09/17/2012

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My dr didn't support my home birth. He wanted to repeat c-section me. So I got a new dr for my prenatal care and had a home birth anyways. Everything went awesome and I took willow to the hospital after she was born to get her looked at to make sure she was fine. It should be the mothers choice on where to birth. Women deserve the right to reproductive freedom.

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Mommy - posted on 09/18/2012

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No home births for me. Someone further down posted about delivering a baby whose shoulder was stuck. This happened to me during my first delivery, but luckily my daughter was fine. The doctor and nurses were great. I need to know that if surgery is needed, or the NICU that everything we need is right there. But more to the point, if you trust your doctor I would do as he recommends.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/18/2012

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I would personally feel very uncomfortable with a home birth. Especially since i was a vbac and was high risk. Even if i wasn't, I would not opt for it. I would prefer a midwife in a hospital the way I did, with the NICU right down the hall in case my little ones lives were in danger, and an OR in case mine was in danger.



I essentially had no intervention, could be in the position I wanted, was being coached and not touched, had a mirror, and the peace of mind that I had emergency intervention waiting right there. I had no drugs, was not hooked up to anything but an IV drip, and that was it.

Sherri - posted on 09/18/2012

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Very true Little Miss. I had zero interventions with my 2nd hospital birth and my 4th would have died if I wasn't in the hospital so thank heavens I had the interventions for him.

Sally - posted on 09/18/2012

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Why is a 6th child high risk? I'd imagine it would be lower risk because you'd know what you're getting into and your body is used to this.

Mandy - posted on 09/18/2012

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i had my last child at home and everything went fine, ive spoke to my midwife and she said im high risk due it bein my 6th but she is happy to surpport me in a home birth so its just waiting now for labour to kick in

Stifler's - posted on 09/14/2012

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I"m pro homebirth. My first birth in a hospital might as well have been in our bathroom for all the interventions that happened which was none. Second ended in caesar but I feel like induction is possibly to blame for that one.

Johnny - posted on 09/11/2012

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Statistically, at least in Europe and Canada, home births attended by licensed midwives for low-risk women have better outcomes than hospital births. Especially due to lower risk of infections.

Sherri - posted on 09/11/2012

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I tend to agree but that is my opinion. I feel that no where is as safe to have a child than a hospital you can never foresee a possible complication and by that point it may be too late.

User - posted on 09/10/2012

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It seems to be that most posting support home births, but I would rather have my child alive. There are many cases where things go just fine which is wonderful. I'm grateful. But there are many things that can go wrong. In this day in age, hospitals are not MEAN to people who have tried to deliever at home, and we try and respect peoples wants and desires. Things don't always go right and having lost a child and having a child who nearly died after they were born and would have if we weren't in a hospital I won't take any chances.

Sally - posted on 09/08/2012

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Home births are almost always for midwives. Doctors don't know how to attend a birth without a hospital. It's not their fault; they've never been shown how. Some of them honestly don't believe it's possible. :)

It might be too late to get a good midwife now, but it never hurts to try. Very few insurance plans cover them, but they rarely cost more than your deductible and co-pay would have anyway. Some families do it alone (and almost always have a much better birth than they would have in the hospital), but that's only safe if you really know what you're doing and can get to a hospital fast in the unlikely event something goes wrong.

Unless home births are common where you live, expect the hospital staff to be mean if you have to go.

Good luck

Johnny - posted on 09/07/2012

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I wouldn't say it's all that common here in BC either. But I think midwifery care is much more common as is the hospital's willingness to allow you to birth without interventions. In fact, the hospital I birthed at strongly discouraged them unless totally necessary. I was allowed to labor for 36 hours with no interventions or anything. It wasn't until my blood pressure started to skyrocket that any suggestions for drugs or anything were made.

Petra - posted on 09/07/2012

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@Johnny - that's fantastic! It's very reassuring to see this sort of progression in prenatal care and childbirth. It's still very uncommon in Alberta to eschew hospitals and an OB/GYN. I'm the only one out of my group of mom friends who delivered sans drugs, never mind the midwife-attended home birth.

Johnny - posted on 09/07/2012

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Just a note that in Canada, some OB/GYN's are starting to attend home births. In my last pregnancy, I went with a birthing program that included OB/GYN's and midwives working side by side and they all attended births at home. I birthed at the hospital with a midwife and one of my girlfriends birthed at home with the OB. One of my other friends did a VBAC at home recently with the OB/GYN who had been with her for the first birth (frank breech c-section). It isn't too common yet, but it does seem to be legal.

Petra - posted on 09/07/2012

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Like the others said, midwives will perform homebirths while OB/GYNs will not (in Canada, at least). If you've got a normal pregnancy, the risks are extremely low. You would have had to sign on with a midwife at the start of your prenatal care, not at the end of your pregnancy. Midwives are highly trained professionals and are more than capable of dealing with unforeseen emergencies. Should the need to go to a hospital arise, they can accompany you and continue to assist with the birth.



I delivered my second child in a pool in my basement. No interventions, no drugs, no forcing the placenta out, no legs bent back behind my head, no delivering a child while in the worst position possible. It was the best decision I could have made and I wholeheartedly recommend going the home birth/midwife route if that option is available. Given the advanced stage of your pregnancy, it likely isn't an option though.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/06/2012

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Sorry, it might be too late if you're already 37 weeks. :( You would need to find a midwife who is available, and it's difficult in Canada to get one (you need to call before you're 9 weeks along because everybody wants one and there is a waiting list) and in the States I know you need to be very careful because anybody can call themselves a midwife and of course you would want somebody who has been properly trained.

User - posted on 09/06/2012

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As a former labor and delivery nurse I would NOT ever have a baby at home. I have had to help deliver a baby who died because the shoulder was stuck. There is no greater pain than having to tell a Mom there is nothing we can do now except save you by delevering your dead baby. The baby would have more than likely survived if we delivered it at the hospital. You can have a natural delivery with minimum of clinical interuption at the hospital. If then you or the baby are in danger there are people there that can help you.

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doctors generally dont do home births and you are probably a higher risk pregnancy because it's your 6th and high risk pregnancies are usually not done at home

Johnny - posted on 09/04/2012

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I must agree with Kathy. If you've home-birthed before, then it might be fine. But here most are with midwives, few doctors attend home births. They are all for low-risk moms and its not something people normally start after having quite a few babies. I considered it this time around, but decided against it because the rules are that if things go wrong you have to go to the nearest hospital. Well the nearest hospital is the worst in the region, so I've decided to have a midwife-assisted hospital birth at the maternity hospital instead. That way I know I wil be in a decent place no matter what. If things go well, I should have a nice birthing suite with a tub and my midwife. Home births are great, but the conditions need to be right.

Kathy - posted on 09/03/2012

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Most homebirths here are with midwives…..



I had my 3rd at home with a midwife, but probably would not have a homebirth were I to fall pregnant now. I am 40 and overweight -I don't think I am "high risk" but I am higher risk than when I had my homebirth (I was 30 then). I would have a midwife attended hospital birth now.



I am pro homebirth for low risk women with trained caregivers, I have hesitations if the caregiver is neither properly trained/experience or if you have risk factors (and a sixth pregnancy does raise some concerns for me - it would not rule it out - but I would look into it more).



Good luck in your decision!

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