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January 27th, 2009, 06:06 AM
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Where do you plan to give birth to your baby? I'd also love to hear the reasons why you chose this locaton.

For this baby we have chosen a birth center because of our experience at the hospital with my son. I was immediately being pressured into getting pitocin upon arrival and was completely uncomfortable during the entire labor due to being strapped into the bed with all kinds of machines hooked up to me. We want to be somewhere this time that is completely intervention free but still have all the benefits of trained professionals caring for us. We feel like a birth center si the best of both worlds.

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January 27th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Planning on a birth center.

I guess I never really thought about it and this was the only option in my mind. My closest friend had both her babies there and the care that the midwives give is top notch. You do not get that with the local OBs. I am not anti-doctor or anti-medicine, but only when medically necessary, and i apply that to everything, not just pregnancy. I am very much so looking forward to my birthing experience and hope that all goes well and I am able to deliver there. The birth center is not very close to us, but neither are any good hospitals, so no matter what, we would be driving.

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January 27th, 2009, 06:43 AM
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Im really leaning towards a homebirth this time... but I really liked the birthing center. When I go into labor I feel like I need to go somewhere. But maybe if Ive planned the whole time to stay at home then I will be fine there. So obviously it is still in the air for me but hey Im not even pregnant yet. LOL

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Emme 5/26/2008 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
Pierce 11/28/2009 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
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January 27th, 2009, 06:50 AM
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I will be having this baby in the hospital. It is a little farther from my house then the one most women in this area go to, but I get to have a midwife in attendence, so the drive is worth it.

From what the midwife was telling me it seems to be a very open environment, and they will be with me the entire time, unlike my OBs in the past.

I will have to have continuous monitoring because of the VBAC, but they have telemetry monitoring that is waterproof! So I can stillget in the tub. She said it doesn't strap on either, it slips into a soft belly band, so it doesn't lose contact all the time.

I am very excited about this birth and knowing I won't have to fight with anybody to get a natural birth. Although, I partly feel like i did it last time because I wanted to prove my OB wrong, what will I do without that motivation?

I actually even liked what the MW said about the hossy if I did end up with a c-section. They don't tie you down, you get to hold the baby right after if the baby is stable. And as long as the baby is healthy it stays with you the entire time, you actualy get to hold the baby when they wheel you into recovery, and then the baby goes with you to your room. So much better than the hospital I almos thad Evie in, they send all c-section babies to the NICU, um, no I don't think so.

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January 27th, 2009, 06:51 AM
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Planning on a homebirth for several reasons.

One of the biggest ones is that the only birth center in the area that allowed waterbirths is closed. So the ONLY option to have a waterbirth is home. And I don't ever want to give birth out of water again!

Another factor is comfort. I had Nola in the birth center last time. And it was comfortable and just fine, but I came away thinking "what was the point?" The BC was 4 blocks from my house and nothing done there couldn't have been done at home. So why did I bother getting in the car and driving over there? Seemed kinda pointless...

So next time, i'm staying home
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January 27th, 2009, 07:59 AM
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A homebirth for sure... I'm hoping to even convince my midwife to do my 2-3 week visit at home- I'd like not to leave for a month, nad have a nice long babymoon. If the weather is warm enough I would like to birth outside, but my EDD if I concieve would be beginning of jnovember- so that one is hit or miss.
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I am proudly a homebirthing, excluively breastfeeding from the tap, constantly babywearing, bed sharing, attached mama to a high needs baby. He is a part time diaper-free baby!

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January 27th, 2009, 08:19 AM
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I'd like to have a home water birth with my next one but I am having a really hard time convincing DH. He's just to afraid that something bad would happen and we are about 20-25 minutes from the nearest hospital. So, obviously the next best thing would be a birth center so I am hoping that insurance would cover that because if it doesn't, I may have to do the hospital again.
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January 27th, 2009, 08:38 AM
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An alternative birthing center for us. I wanted a homebirth but we live in hotels so.... we went with the next best option for us! I wanted a big bed, kitchen and birthing tub and they have that all. I think DH is more comfortable there also.
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January 27th, 2009, 10:31 AM
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I'm excited that DH has finally come around to having a homebirth. There is only one birthing center in San Francisco (crazy I know!) and it only has 3 rooms. I'm like Kelli, why bother leaving? I'd rather stay in the comfort of my home and have everyone come to me. Although I haven't met her yet, since Kathy and I are a lot alike, I've already got it in my head that I'll use her midwife. She's a CNM too so that will make DH more comfy anyway with a homebirth.

Oh, and I will have a tub and plan to birth in water.
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January 27th, 2009, 11:21 AM
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Home. I don't want to give birth in the hospital and like Kelli said, our birth center closed down. And I want a waterbirth. So it's home for me! Plus my new MW, who attended Tanith's birth while she was getting her catches in, is a homebirth midwife, but since she refuses to buy a state license (she's nationally licensed, but has issues with the way our state would demand that she do things) she can only doula in a hospital. But our house is only 5 min away from a good hospital driving normally, so in an emergency we're like 2 min away. DH isn't worried, he's all for it! Woot!

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January 27th, 2009, 09:40 PM
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Hospital, because I had a prior c-section. If I have a successful VBAC with this baby, I may consider homebirth next time, if I can find a midwife that would do one. We have no birthing centers around here to go to.

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January 28th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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free standing birth center for me. I had a regular hospital birth with Nichole. I was induced with Pitocin at 42 almost 43 weeks. Other then meconium in the water, everything was easy and quick. I had no issues with my epidural but I hated being in the hospital. I hated them taking her to "check" her. ANd they would be gone for over an hour a time. I hated being threatened with formula if she didn't poop in a certain amount of time.. geez the kid pooped in me, I think they work!!!" I hated being in the hospital for 2 1/2 days even though we were both fine. That is why I am going to a birth center

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