Thinking about a home birth? A new study weighs the pros and cons

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Thinking about a home birth? A new study weighs the pros and cons
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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 12:49pm
http://www.ivillage.com/study-weighs-pros-cons-home-or-hospital-birth/6-a-427023

What do you ladies think?

I am not sure we will have a home birth, but I do want to give birth naturally!

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Registered: 09-12-2008

Hi Victoria,

Was there supposed to be a link in your original post to the study??

We were actually planning for a water birth at home with DD but ended up switching to a hospital MW (whom I LOVE) at 31 weeks for a number of reasons. My DH was not on board with the idea from day one, both of our families were against it, and I was butting heads with the homebirth MW so I made the final call to just can the whole idea and I felt a huge weight lifted from me. I was so stressed out prior to that point that everyone was against my decision to deliver at home. Thankfully we had a wonderful hospital experience so all of my fears of delivering in one went out the window and I look forward to deliver our next baby there.

One of my friends gave birth to her second child at home last fall (first child was born in a hospital) and it almost ended up being an unassisted birth because her MWs got there just 3 minutes before she delivered!

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Registered: 10-17-2010

After the medical complications I had with DD, I'd be too scared to deliver at home.

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Oops, I thought I put it in! I just fixed it!

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Registered: 08-27-2006

After 3 natural hospital births, I'm dying to have the last one at home.

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Yeah, there are pros and cons on each side! I am not sure where I will give birth as the places in midwife care here are very limited!

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Registered: 04-29-2006
I wish we had more support for homebirth in Massachusetts - we have midwives (non-nurse) that do it but it's unregulated and no insurance covers it. CNMs aren't allowed to do homebirths here, or I'd go with that option. My brother was born at home with CNMs when my parents lived in Maryland, in the 80s; I was born in a birthing center. I'm not entirely comfortable with going with a traditional/non-nurse midwife even though I'd prefer the home experience.

I am very pro-midwifery and natural birth and I do have some options locally. There are two hospitals nearby that offer CNMs, but when I get pregnant I'll have to decide if I prefer that option or to go into the city where there is a birth center. That's 45-60 minutes away instead of 15-30. I plan to tour them and start talking with the midwives as soon as TTC becomes a reality.
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Registered: 04-17-2009
Cool! It's good to have options! The thing for us though is we unfortunately might have to move yet again so things are stressful as of now...

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Registered: 08-04-2003
I would love to try and have a homebirth with #3, and DH and I are talking about it.

DS2 was born just minutes after getting to the hospital, and was mostly delivered by us and the nursing staff in triage.

That being said both of my boys have had serious jaundice issues and DS2 was actually re-admitted for jaundice and dehydration after we got home.

We also live in MA and I have found several HB midwives in the area, but they mostly seem to be lay people and not very regulated (but some do take our insurance ??).

Honestly this is something we're just starting to look into, and hopefully by the time we start to TTC I'll have a better idea on which way we want to go.
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