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February 7th, 2010, 03:38 PM
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Hello! I pop in from time to time, but I really don't lurk or anything.

A little info about me: I had my daughter via emergency c-section almost 3 years ago. I knew before they did it that I wanted a vbac (I had really planned a NCB). Now we *fingers crossed* will be ttc before the end of the year, and I'm seriously looking at delivery options. I've recently found out that there are less than a handful of vbac supportive docs in the area and the hospitals are awful. It seems like my only realistic option is homebirth. I do like the idea of one, I just need to do my research so I know all the risks and decide if it's worth it to me to take. I figured you ladies would be very knowledgeable.

My major concerns are uterine rupture and placental abruption. UR for obvious reasons, and I'm really not that concerned about it. The little bit of reading I've done already indicates that you start feeling the pain well before anything bad happens. Although any additional info you ladies have would be great.

I actually know someone IRL who had placental abruption while in the hospital. From what I know about this one, you have very little time to get to a ready OR. This is my major concern.

Is there anything else I should be aware of? I know midwives carry equipment to deal with resucitating newborns and hemorhaging. Obviously if the baby is in a bad position a midwife will be much better equipped to handle that. That was actually the reason for my c-section. My water broke starting my labor, and I think that's what started her head angled the wrong way, and of course I did what I was supposed to do and walked, and I suspect being upright and losing a lot of amniotic fluid sealed the deal, so to speak. I don't think anyone suspected anything was wrong until I was pushing. The nurses I had were amazing and were trying all sorts of positions to help me. Needless to say, I'm trying to figure out what went wrong so I can prevent that from happening again.

If you got through all that, thanks!
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February 8th, 2010, 08:19 AM
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I don't feel that I am the best one to offer advice since I have never had a c/s so I can't speak to the risks involved with HBAC.... I strongly support it, don't get me wrong, but I can't speak for the actual risks.

I do think that the first step would be interviewing area Homebirth midwives, discussing their personal protocols for certain emergency situations, discuss your history, your fears, etc. I know that fear during labor can hinder your experience, so I would suggest trying to work through that.

Lots of luck to you, and I hope that you stick around here as you explore whether or not the home birth option is for you.
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February 8th, 2010, 01:57 PM
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I don't feel that I am the best one to offer advice since I have never had a c/s so I can't speak to the risks involved with HBAC.... I strongly support it, don't get me wrong, but I can't speak for the actual risks.

I do think that the first step would be interviewing area Homebirth midwives, discussing their personal protocols for certain emergency situations, discuss your history, your fears, etc. I know that fear during labor can hinder your experience, so I would suggest trying to work through that.

Lots of luck to you, and I hope that you stick around here as you explore whether or not the home birth option is for you.
I went into my first labor so excited and not afraid at all, now the idea of it scares me s***less! Sigh..

That's a good idea to consult with a local HB midwife. I know of one that has everyone has fantastic things to say about, so I will probably schedule something with her soon.
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February 8th, 2010, 07:56 PM
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I would suggest consulting with a local midwife as well. I have no other advice since I didn't have a c/s, so I'm not sure what would be good/not so good. I have heard that it is illegal for midwives to do a HBAC in some states though, but I haven't researched that much since it wasn't applicable to me. So that may be something you want to check into as well.
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February 9th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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The silly thing is, in this state it's illegal for a birth center to do a vbac, but hbac's are perfectly fine. And then Cheryl said in the NCB forum that the state also requires insurance companies to cover homebirths! Weird, huh?
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February 9th, 2010, 12:21 PM
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That is weird! But it's good for you if you do a homebirth!
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