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August 25th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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the closest midwife in our area is a little over an hour away...and i REALLY want to have a home birth. is this workable? this may be a dumb question, but is it really necessary to have one when the hospital is 10 minutes away? last night was my first night researching home births, so im not very knowledgable. im 4 months and i havent even been to a dr yet. im starting to think im running out of time!!! but i hate the drs doom and gloom testing. thanks ladies, i appreciate your input!
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August 25th, 2008, 08:38 AM
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It's all a matter of what makes you most comfortable, really. If you'd feel better having a midwife present, then an hour away is certainly doable - mine was two hours away, and still made it here in plenty of time. Or, if you feel comfortable doing it unassisted since the hospital is so close, then just read, read, read so you're all prepared when the time comes - and I'm sure you'd do just fine!
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August 25th, 2008, 12:17 PM
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I think it's doable~ Good luck to you and your decision!!

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August 25th, 2008, 12:23 PM
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My midwife happens to live close to me but she services a big area and I know some of her clients are at least an hour away. I'd give her a call for an initial consultation and see what you think
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August 25th, 2008, 06:27 PM
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I would say it's fine. In GA we don't have a lot of midwives because I think it's technically illegal for them to give home births...anyways most people end up having one at least 2 hours away.

Plus you are a first time mom right? Not always but usually 1st time labors take a bit longer. I really don't think an hour is that far, if you call her and ask I bet she has travelled farther than that before to attend a birth

Good luck with your decision! Just make sure to research all your options and do what feels right for you
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