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August 1st, 2006, 09:02 AM
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Well I might be getting a bit ahead of myself here since I am not even pregnant yet. I do however know that I would ideally like to give birth naturally. I have been doing a lot of research and birth story reading, from everything I have read I would ideally like to give birth in the comfort of my own home. THere are no birthing centres in Toronto, and I really don't like the idea of going to the hospital if I can avoid it.

The thing is DH and I are about to move into a condo. As it is DH has his reservations about a homebirth, although after showing him research on it he seems to be OK with it. Now he is just concerned about it being in a condo. It doesn't help when I watch those baby shows and the women scream at the tops of their lungs!

My thinking is that it will be fine. I know you can't know ahead how you will deal with the labour pains, but I am a very quite person with a naturally quite voice. I really can't imagine myself making *that* much noise since I am generally uncomfortable making much noise anyways. If I do make a lot I am sure the neighbours can deal with it.

We currently live in a crappy apartment and while you can hear TVs in the hallway you can't hear much when you are actually in your unit, so I would think that in our nice condo the walls will be thicker.

I would love to hear other peopls thoughts on this.
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August 1st, 2006, 10:56 AM
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I know lots of moms had homebirths in apartments or condos. Have you ever been on Hathor the cowgodess's site? She just recently had a UC in her 700 sq ft apt. I am pretty sure her birth story is on her site somewhere.
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August 1st, 2006, 02:00 PM
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I gave birth 3 weeks ago in an apartment. As far as I know no one knew I had a baby, not even the maintenance guys who were definitely in the hallways working/cleaning (their office was in our building) by the time Fritz was actually born. About a week later they saw us with the baby and were surprised I had already had him (I never look ready to deliver at full term so most people think I am due later). I labored through the night 10 pm until 8:30 am.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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August 2nd, 2006, 08:18 AM
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I know lots of moms had homebirths in apartments or condos. Have you ever been on Hathor the cowgodess's site? She just recently had a UC in her 700 sq ft apt. I am pretty sure her birth story is on her site somewhere. [/b]
I will have to show that story to my husband - but will strategically edit out the poo references. Our condo will be 750 sq feet too, just like hers.

I swore up and down that I would not be one of those loud, obnixious women you see on TV giving birth. I am also a very quiet person....but once I was in labor, it was a different story!!!!![/b]
I figure I can kid myself into believing I will be quite as a mouse right up until it actually happens... than at that point my guess is I won't care anymore.

Surprisebaby - I guess I have time to assess how sound proof our units will be. Our current apartment is almost totally soundproof when you are in your unit, but our last place wasn't. Our condo will actually be a 5min (at most) drive from St. Josephs so we may end up doing what you are doing.

Butter - I am hoping our building will be as sound proof as yours. Congratulations on your new arrival!!

Thanks for all the replies!
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August 3rd, 2006, 12:16 PM
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I gave birth in my townhouse. And would have in my old apartment.

You will feel louder than you actually are. But just let that go and birth that baby.

If your a screamer someone will hear you in the hospital as well! Ya know?
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August 4th, 2006, 05:44 PM
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I would go for it. Most moms are really very quiet (at home) much more so than you think. Perception is much different when you are in labour. Many natural birthing moms don't make sound until pushing.

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August 9th, 2006, 12:12 AM
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I had my daughter in Toronto as well. Except I didn't live in a condo. I lived on the main floor of a house. My neighbors heard everything, but who cares?! I did think about that while I was making noise but I had to do what I had to do.

And oddly enough, my sounds sounded (tmi) more sexual then painful. I'd breath heavily and sort of grunt. lol Right before I pushed out my daughter I screamed and sort of cried , "I can't do it. I can't do it!"

And then... I did it. Felt a little embarrased after, but its not like they were going to bring it up later on though.

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August 9th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback! I really appreciate it.
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