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HeppiBean
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Jun 7th, 2011, 13:34 PM   #1
 
Ok, I've decided to start planning for a home birth. I'm seeing my midwife next week and am going to book an appointment with my GP to discuss pros and cons etc etc. In the meantime I was just wondering if any of you had previous experience of home births/planning on a home birth? And people opinions of it?

Also I have this list of things I'll need to have Francesca at home, but can you think of anything else? Does the midwife bring other things they may need?

Many thanks xx

Things I Need

phone numbers of midwife
protective coverings for floor and furniture
protective covering for bed
old sheets and towels
bin liners
desk lamp/bright lamp/torch
things to keep baby warm after the birth
sanitary pads
pain relief - hot water bottles, TENS, midwife "approved" pain relief - ie. gas and air
camera
drinks and snacks
hospital bag, just in case
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 14:01 PM   #2
 
Would you be interested in a water birth at home? I've heard of lots of people getting a pool set up for them to labour in and even deliver x x
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 14:11 PM   #3
 
http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/...ers-150photos/

Some stories and pictures from home births, I will add links as I come across them x
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 14:56 PM   #4
 
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Would you be interested in a water birth at home? I've heard of lots of people getting a pool set up for them to labour in and even deliver x x
Our hot water tank needs replacing. At the moment it barely holds enough water for OH and I to both have a bath... Let alone fill a water birthing pool... Plus - 1st floor flat... Probably not very practical... I did consider it at first though before I realised that stuff lol. Thanks though xx
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 17:57 PM   #5
 
I'm planning a home birth too, just starting to look into it so not sure what else you might need.
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 19:59 PM   #6
 
A girl I know just started talking to me on facebook via chat telling me that I'm being irresponsible and asking for my child to die having a home birth I know that there's an increased risk when giving birth at home, but the hospital is only 20 minutes away if I needed medical attention so I don't see how I'm "asking for my baby to die"... Really do wish that some people would keep their opinions to themselves.........
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 20:15 PM   #7
 
Whoever your speaking to, Id just close the chat. Silly people. If the midwives start to be concerned at all, theyll call for you to be transferred to hospital.

I found this birth story from Mervs Mum on here, she had a lovely homebirth http://www.pregnancyforum.co.uk/birt...ome-birth.html

I plan to have a home birth next time (hopefully) as I believe women are far more relaxed at home and feel like they can move however they like and so tend to get into better positions. Generally you'll give birth in your lounge so less likely to be lying down on a bed too Hope everything goes to plan for you!
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 20:18 PM   #8
 
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Whoever your speaking to, Id just close the chat. Silly people. If the midwives start to be concerned at all, theyll call for you to be transferred to hospital.

I found this birth story from Mervs Mum on here, she had a lovely homebirth http://www.pregnancyforum.co.uk/birt...ome-birth.html

I plan to have a home birth next time (hopefully) as I believe women are far more relaxed at home and feel like they can move however they like and so tend to get into better positions. Generally you'll give birth in your lounge so less likely to be lying down on a bed too Hope everything goes to plan for you!
Thank you so much, Ideally I'd like to give birth on my hands and knees so will probable be leant on the sofa lol. Going to have a read of that birth story. Have read loads online as well and honestly the more I read, even the ones that didn't go so well, make me want it more! All of the ladies seem to say that they were more relaxed and coped better whilst at home xx
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 20:30 PM   #9
 
It also means you get 2 midwives all to yourself throughout the birth. Cant beat that! I barely had one during mine so 2 is like luxury.

Like you as well, Ive read loads of stories and even the women who end up being transfered still say theyd do it again. Ah must be so nice to stay at home!
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 20:37 PM   #10
 
Well, I'm due in 10 weeks... If all goes smoothly there'll be a home birth story up from me!

Mervs Mum's birth story was inspiring to say the least... She did so well! I almost cried... I'm such a hormonal wreck at the moment...... xx
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 23:40 PM   #11
 
Heppi, a planned home birth is no more dangerous than a planned hospital birth. Not only do you get two midwives, but in our area, you also have an ambulance placed on standby just in case you need to transfer to Medway. Home births statistically carry a far lower risk of intervention too! Am still considering one for Pickle. If you have a tough time getting them to agree to it, for any reason, check out www.aims.org.uk it has great advice!
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 23:43 PM   #12
 
Thanks It's good to know that round here at least they have an ambulance on stand by just in case... Makes it that bit more reassuring x
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 23:53 PM   #13
 
It was the first thing I was told at my Booking appointment when I said I was considering a home birth!
My sister had horrendous hospital labours, her home ones were a breeze in comparison! Her second was 47 hours in Medway, third was 2 hours start to finish and in three pushes the little one waas here!
 
 

 
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Jun 7th, 2011, 23:58 PM   #14
 
To be honest, the only reason I first considered a home birth was because I'm terrified at the thought of OH having to spend his daughters first night in the world away from her (that and my fear of being alone). Then when I started reading up on them I just wanted one more and more and more... To the point where now I'm actually really really excited about the prospect! I'll be so let down now thoough if it turns out I can't have one, but the only reason they'd have to turn me down would be that where I was born with a minor heart defect there's a small chance Francesca might be... But fingers crossed this wont get in the way! Will have a word with my consultant x
 
 

 
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Jun 8th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #15
 
Fingers crossed hun. After reading up on it, sometimes us ladies have to fight to get a home birth, but the aims website i posted a link to has advice on what to say just in case your midwife says no!

If Francesca has been growing properly so far, can't see what the problem would be!
 
 

 
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