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August 19th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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We are ttc #4. I had my first NCB with baby #3 (the first two I had epi's and pain meds). They were all born in hospitals, though. I would LOVE to have the next one in a birth center but there aren't ANY in the Atlanta area; the closest I think is in Savannah, which is NOT close!

Anyway, we''ve talked about a homebirth, but I don't know how to find an independent midwife plus I am not sure if I'd even "qualify" for one because I have low platelets in pregnancy and also GBS+. It's something I am interested in, just not sure if it would be the safest choice.

OK...so onto my ?? If I were to give birth again in a hospital, what is LEGAL as far as how long we stay and what procedures they do??? I ask because I would LOVE to leave after we're both checked out, I am not hemorrhaging, etc. (so, maybe a few hours?) and then GO HOME. Is there any legal way they can keep us? Like, child endangerment or some such nonsense? I am just NOT going to let them poke and prod my next baby! It was horrendous. "Gotta get blood drawn now to see if he's in the high-risk category for jaundice" Not even IF he is jaundiced, just if he MIGHT be in the future! UGH...and then with me being GBS +, I only ended up being at the hospital for 59 minutes before he was born so I didn't get the antiobiotics, so they acted as if he was diseased and did painful bood drawing for that too on him (more blood that time!) And then made us stay for two days. WHY??!

Please tell me there is a better way, because it honestly deters me from wanting to have another....
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August 20th, 2012, 02:13 AM
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I don't have any exact answers for you, I apologize...I live in the atlanta area as well and I ran into the same problem with the complete lack of birthing centers....unfortunately, savannah IS the closest option.

I dreamed of a homebirth, but I have a heart condition that made me feel like I wouldn't be eligible for one. However, don't give up hope! There are a lot of midwives out there who are used to dealing with women in higher-risk conditions, and I'm sure being closer to Atlanta it would be much easier to find one. Most midwives are prepared to deal with any situation that could arise during a pregnancy/birth. I'm going to do a little research myself today as I'm looking for a doctor/midwife and still haven't chosen, so I'll post again if I come up with any names. :}

About the hospital, I don't think they can legally keep you without a good enough reason. It all depends on which hospital you choose to birth at (For me, Cobb, but as for Emory or other atlanta hospitals the laws might be different). You could always call the hospital and ask about their policies. The most important thing to remember is that some insurances won't cover the birth if you don't stay for the recommended time or if you leave without being properly discharged.
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August 20th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Hey! I'm a doula in Atlanta and totally wouldn't mind discussing your options with you. If you want, you can pm me your phone number or email and we can chat
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August 20th, 2012, 08:40 AM
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Thanks, PinkApple.

And, Que - NICE! I will definitely PM you!
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August 20th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Maybe it's because I am new and haven't posted enough, but I can't PM you, Que. My email is atlantamomofthree at yahoo dot com If you would send me a quick email, I will respond back.

P.S. We homeschool too! We have a 12 year old dd, an 8 yr old ds and an 11 month old ds. I look forward to hearing from you!

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