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May 9th, 2010, 08:22 PM
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Hi there,

I am wondering if you ever or if you know of anyone who was planning a homebirth, but ended up delivering in a hospital for whatever reason. I ask because my biggest fear with planning a homebirth is that I will end up with back labor again and will find it so unbearable that I end up going to the hospital for an epidural... and then what happens with my midwife if she cannot deliver at the hospital I have to go to? With DD I had horrific back labor for 4 days before the hospital admitted me and I begged for an epidural right away.

Just really unsure about what to do...
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May 9th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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there are a lot of things you can do before and during labor to move a baby to ease back labor. A midwife will be able to help you more with that than a doctor or nurse at the hospital. Most homebirth midwives have a transfer rate of 5% or less, split between those who transfer for pain relief and those who transfer for complications. I know a few women who transfered during a planned homebirth for complications and none of them had c-sections.

you would have to talk with your midwife about what happens in the event of a transfer. Mine changes to the role of doula and a backup OB or midwife takes over care. Some have priviledges at hospitals and can continue your care unless you need a c/s.

Also, back labor with one birth does not mean you will have it with the next
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May 10th, 2010, 02:40 PM
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Ditto to everything said above! It just depends on the hospital, midwife, and the birth!

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