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May 1st, 2007, 11:06 AM
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Hey there -

I am considering homebirth for a multitude of reasons (was SO close to natural birth with DS - know I can do it myself without nurses and drs trying to drug me, comfort of home, etc).

Anyway, my doula, who is also a licensed midwife, is coming over this weekend to talk to DH and I about homebirth and answer our questions. Just thought i would run my list of questions by all you since there are so many HB vets on here:

THANKS -

How much does it cost?

Does insurance usually pay?

What medical supplies/instruments will be on hand?

What medical supplies will I need to buy? And where?

How do we make sure I stay hydrated during labor?

How do you recommend we handle Tyler (he will be 15/16 months) during active birth?

How often will cervical checks be done?

Where do most women end up delivering? (bed, floor, stool, tub, etc?) How do we prepare that place to avoid mess and horrible clean-up?

How many birth assistants (midwife/doula) will be on hand?

How do we handle the medical waste (placenta/cord, etc)?

How do we handle Vitamin K shot, baby weight?

How do we get a birth certificate?

At what point do we go to a hospital if we have to?

When does the midwife and doula leave?

How do we do the hearing test (can they do that at the pedís office)?

What about after care for me (giant maxis, pads for the bed)?

What if I tear? They said I had internal tears with Ty, and they did give me a couple of stitchs (which I can still feel).
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