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Old 02-22-2013, 11:49 PM   #21
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I was planning a modified home birth. Because I'll be living about 60 miles from a hospital I didn't feel comfortable actually being at home. But the midwife I was going to work with lets client use her home so I guess it's a mix between home and a birth center birth. Unfortunately, even at only $3800 it's not something we can afford right now since we are doing a job change and a big move. I'm bummed about it, but my insurance won't cover any of it, but it will cover a hospital birth 100%. Next time!

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I'm planning a home birth with midwives here in three weeks, give or take. Super excited, as its our 6th baby and will be our 1st out of hospital birth.

Definitely looking forward to a few aspects in particular: (1) no one ever walking out of the room with my baby. (2) being able to rest, rest, rest with no one wakin me up all hours of the night to check pulse, blah blah. Just let me sleep!! (3) being able to give birth in whatever position feels right in the moment.
We are planning our first home birth, And I'm with you--I'm so excited to NOT have anyone waking me up at all hours of the night/day checking stupid things... Also excited to be in my own bed and nice and comfortable.

Thankfully it's only 1,500 before insurance (insurance should cover at least half of that) which makes it by far cheaper than a hospital birth for us!

Anyone have any advice for first time home births? any favorite videos?
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #23
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I wish! I had a unnecesarean with DS1. Down here in Fort Myers, FL there are no good midwives (just one... She did half of my care with DS3, and I found out some info that made me lose trust in her). And birth center VBACs are illegal down here. It didn't matter that I already had a successful VBAC under my belt. Anyway, I found an awesome OB whose married to a midwife and they own a birth center. He caught my DS3 in 2010 and he is very into natural childbirth. I never thought OBs like him existed. He's so hands off and gentle. He's not an alarmist like a lot of OBs these days. I wouldn't trade him for any midwife! Also, the hospital I birth in will not separate mama and baby for any reason. Also, they didn't disturb me once during the night! It is possible to have a drug free all natural hands off birth at a hospital. But, you need to find that perfect OB and that perfect hospital. I'm blessed bc I found both .


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We are planning our first home birth, And I'm with you--I'm so excited to NOT have anyone waking me up at all hours of the night/day checking stupid things... Also excited to be in my own bed and nice and comfortable.

Thankfully it's only 1,500 before insurance (insurance should cover at least half of that) which makes it by far cheaper than a hospital birth for us!

Anyone have any advice for first time home births? any favorite videos?
I didn't watch many videos, but I did read a ton. Both of Ina May's books and a few others. I'm so happy that home birth is a lot more popular now then it was back in '05 when I birthed my first and had a csection. If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn't have this scar on my uterus! Good luck to you mamas who are (and are not) having home births. You're all strong women!
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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is a great book. Lots of useful tips and other info, and some good birth stories as well.

I haven't read Spiritual Midwifery yet, though I got both of those on loan from the midwife right now. From the reviews I read though, the Guide to Childbirth is the better book.

I'm planning my second home birth. I had my third child at home. I would have had my second child at home, but I was unfortunately in another country at the time and it wasn't an option. After my hospital birth experiences, I would not give birth in a hospital again unless there was some serious complication that made it necessary.

It was so neat just being able to be home with my baby right away. It was like birth was just a normal, every day activity. Sure there was recovery and stuff, but it was an awesome experience and my kids and hubby were all a part of things.
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