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I haven't but I have a few friends that have their babies on their own. I've thought about it, but I think it would be a psychological road block for my birth. Even though my midwives haven't had to do too much medical stuff at my births, it makes me feel good/at peace to have them there. Plus, it's nice to have them help with the mess after.
I didn't see a post by you on the homebirth board but I'm MIA a lot. We thought about a UC for #5 but we are undecided. I think if I had a medical background like you do(I.E going to nursing school) I would feel way more comfortable doing a UC but since I do not have medical training it makes me kinda iffy. If by the time I have my next and I'm in midwifery school I would be very comfortable just having a UC.
I think after the experience I had with my son I couldn't do it. Granted the only thing my midwife did during labor was catch my son but she did a lot afterwards. He had a rare cord issue that could have been serious and we didn't know about it. I wouldn't have recognized it either and would have never known. For me it's more for after the birth that I need the midwife.
I had an accidental UC with my third, but I'm not sure if I would be comfortable going my entire pregnancy/birth without a midwife. I feel in tune with my body for many things, but I also tend to hesitate if I think something is wrong, so I feel better knowing someone is there who can give me an expert opinion when I need it. I did love giving birth alone, but my midwives showed up shortly after the birth and did the rest, which I liked.
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)
I'm doing unassisted pregnancy and birth as soon as I get pg with #2.
#1 was a really hands off hospital birth, but I've always wanted to birth at home since I was a little girl, I don't really believe in the medical profession and I absolutely hate nurses. (I was lucky to find an awesome OBGYN with DS but insurance stopped covering her, normally I hate all doctors as well) So like I was saying I've wanted ot do UC since I was a kid but when I got PG with DS I didn't even know it was an actual option! From here on out, all UC's!
I'm not a poster on this board but when I saw the topic pop up on the new posts I had to answer
I had an UA with my last. It was a planned UA. I *loved* it. When there is *anyone* else with me, midwife included, I think about them and try to be a "gracious hostess" ... this gets me 'in trouble' with my labors because I'm more focused on them and not comfortable laboring the way I need to. When I did the UA - I focused on me and only me. It was great and it was the best birth I had ever experienced and I was so glad it had worked out where I could do the UA. I had prayed and prayed that if I could have the UA that it would happen at specific times so that I could actually go through from start to finish without interruption... I also prayed that if I needed to be at the hospital that I would go into labor at certain times so that my DH would know cause he'd whisk me away without a thought to anything else. I was going to accept whichever happened. I'll get into details about it later. I have to get to class now