Half of Pregnant Women Could Give Birth at Home

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Half of Pregnant Women Could Give Birth at Home
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Mon, 11-28-2011 - 2:51pm

Hi everyone,

I came by this interesting article today and wanted to share with you.

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Fri, 12-02-2011 - 11:29am

I think that's probably true, though I never did a homebirth. Kid #1 was a no-labor special; I went to the hospital on my own saying "something is wrong" and they said "Oh, boy, are you EVER right". Kid #2, I was fighting the VBAC bit, so I wanted to know everything. I succeeded and was thoroughly impressed by how little the hospital actually did. (Mostly they annoyed me).

In the light of this, it REALLY saddens me whenever I hear a story about the heroic father rushing laboring mother to a hospital. Some of them end well, and some end in a crash. If the hospital is not necessary, than that sort of thing is insane.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Wed, 12-07-2011 - 1:14pm

I think that whole "rushing to the hospital" we can thank or blame comedians. They made it sound funny, so the sitcoms decided to add to it, and things went downhill from there.

Gail

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Registered: 05-03-2007
Sun, 01-01-2012 - 10:17am
I actually got stuck in traffic (construction ) and just knew id give birth on the side of the road.. hubby got the attention of some workers, who at 1st he made angry cause he got out of the car, and two rain and tornado's where happing.. hail.. the works.. once they realized they helped us to the hospital where the emegency room exit had flooded and we waded through thigh high water to get to the door! Lol.. we laugh about it now.. i think staying home would have been better.. lol and safer.. my 1st birth was a disaster all the way around!
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Registered: 04-18-2003
Sun, 01-01-2012 - 8:33pm

LOL!

Gail

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 4:57pm

In fact, a friend of mine ALMOST made it to the hospital to birth her 3rd child. (I came in on the end of the story but it involved the actual delivery being in the parking lot.) After that I asked her (when she was pregnant again) whether she had any intention of trying to birth in a hospital. The unsurprising answer was "No".

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Fri, 01-06-2012 - 5:08pm

LOL!

Gail

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Sun, 01-08-2012 - 3:04pm

What do you mean subtly? That was how it was DONE in the 1950s. The first I'd heard of "homebirth" was when my crunchy-hippy DH asked me if I wanted to do that. I was "lucky" enough that this was not an issue with kid #1, so I don't have to think "if only I'd known then ...." . Kid #2, I was dealing with VBAC, age, and total inexperience of labor -- I planned a hospital birth. If there'd been a #3, and I'd gotten too much grief about VBACing (which might have been possible), THEN I would have considered planning a home-birth.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 04-18-2003
Mon, 01-09-2012 - 12:46am

I was more referring to the first part of your paragraph, about your friend's experience in the parking lot.

Gail