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April 24th, 2008, 11:25 AM
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How close to the hospital would you have to be to feel comfortable having a home birth. I am just looking for opinions. I am 1/2 an hour away from the nearest hospital but they don't do c sect.s if I need one so if that was the case the next nearest hospital is an hour away. I am just thinking of a situation where something goes wrong and I need to be taken to a hospital. I am really interest in a home birth for my next baby. Thanks in advance!
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April 24th, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Definitely do a lot of research. Read some good pregnancy books that are directed towards homebirths, etc. A great one I'm reading right now is called "Active Birth" by Janet Balaskas. Its got some great info.

Something I would think about too is really theoretical, but its how my mind works. What if you went into labor while you were out and about, an hour away from the hospital? Kwim?
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April 24th, 2008, 12:40 PM
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Another thing to think about is would you be comfortable laboring at the closer hospital (if you were having a hospital birth) even though they don't do c/s? The majority of most midwives transfers are not for things that require a c/s.

We're about 20 minutes in no traffic from a few hospitals. In traffic that can be over an hour. If there was a true emergency, we would call 911 and am ambulance could get us there much faster even in traffic. I lived 30 minutes from the hospital where I had Ani and an hour from the birthing center where I had Cameron. I had no concern at all about getting there in labor and have no concern at all about getting to a hospital if needed, even in traffic.
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April 24th, 2008, 12:47 PM
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I was in a similar situation and decided to go with the home birth. The closest hospital to me is only 5 min away, but they do not have any OBs, and only have family doctors that deliver there... I met with one in case of emergency.... The closest hospital will not do C-sections unless it is the absolute direst emergency (They have one general surgeon on staff that could theoretically do a C-section if needed... lol) They also cannot give epidurals, etc.

So that being said, in an emergency, we would pit stop to that hospital (because it is so close, it would be protocole) and then I would be transferred either by ambulance or helicopter to one of two hospitals which are both 1 hour away.

I did a lot of research into response time of ambulance service in my area, etc. and I feel quite comfortable with my decision now. Actually I have read that my rural area has better ambulance response time then the big city that is one hour away from me, so that I'd probably get there at the same time as someone local to that hospital would anyways!

Do your research! I think a very important thing is for you to be confident and comfortable with your decision!
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April 24th, 2008, 01:23 PM
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I am 2 minutes from the local hospital but they don't deliver there. Instead, it would be a pit stop to catch a helicopter ride to the hospital that's just over an hour away. It makes DH nervous, but I'm trusting my body to do what is needed to have my home birth. (when and if I get pregnant that is!)
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April 24th, 2008, 06:32 PM
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I would probably be more comfortable at the hospital that is capable of doing the c-section... For me, there is ONE hospital on the entire island and there is no birthing center, so I am praying I do not get transported.
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April 25th, 2008, 07:53 AM
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I was 10 mins from nearest hospital, an hour from the one that handles emergencies & high risk.

We opted for the homebirth

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