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December 19th, 2008, 07:03 PM
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So, I'm not pregnant right now, my LO is 10 months old. But DH and I have stopped preventing, and are letting nature take it's course. Well, here's my background before I get to the question:

With DS, I really wanted a home birth, but DH was really scared for it. Plus, here in IL, it's almost illegal to do them (there are ways around it, and my friend did it a few months ago). The reason for his fear is that I was having a VBA2C. I'd never been in labor before. I know the risks weren't worth the worry, but we did a hospital birth anyway.

During the birth, DS's heart rate jumped really high. It freaked the mw out, and she ended up calling the ob. They recommend another c/s, but I said No, and DH convinced them of that. I ended up with an amazing, all natural VBA2C using Hypnobabies. It was awesome! However, I did bleed, a lot. I had a pretty bad vaginal wall tear, as well. I don't think it was serious, even if the sight of all that blood was freaky. I did have a transfusion, but not until the next day, and "just to be safe".

So, I want to try for a home birth next time. I don't know where we will live, (DH is military, and we're getting orders soon) so I don't know what the laws will be in whatever state we will be in. But, given that the next birth will still be a VBAC, and that I needed a transfusion last time....Is that reason enough to not consider a home birth?
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December 20th, 2008, 02:15 PM
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The only advice I can think to give you is when you get to where you're going next, contact a homebirth midwife and ask them. Each state and each midwife is going to be different in what they feel capable or are allowed to handle... also not every pregnancy, nor delivery are the same. Just because you experienced that with your last delivery does not necessarily mean it will happen with future deliveries. If your midwife knows you had a bad tear last time, there are things she can do to help your body prevent (or lessen) it next time.

Good luck hon! I hope you get the birth of your choice no matter where the military sends you!
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December 30th, 2008, 08:35 PM
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florida is VERY strict on homebirth restrictions and you'ld be allowed to have a homebirth here. Bleeding in one birth doesn't mean bleeding in another, and after you've VBAC'd your chances of another vaginal birth are really good.
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