Where do you plan to give birth?

Discussion in 'Second Trimester' started by Sherlock, Jan 22, 2008.

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Where do you plan to give birth?

  1. Homebirth

  2. Midwife led unit (no consultant usually)

  3. Consultant led unit (with MW's)

  4. Other (please post and let us know where

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  1. Sherlock

    Sherlock Well-Known Member

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    We are moving along here and I am curious if you ladies have given it much thought and if so, what your hope for.

    Of course, things can change between now and labour, but where do you plan to be when giving birth?
     
  2. Manda&Thomas

    Manda&Thomas Well-Known Member

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    im booked for a homebirth but if plans change (we get our housemove or something goes wrong) then il be at a midwife led unit :)
    manda xx
     
  3. bumpmakes3

    bumpmakes3 Well-Known Member

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    I'd come into the "not given it much thought" category. To be honest, I just want it all done as quickly, safely and with as little pain as possible (don't we all...) :D I accept I have no idea what kind of intervention and pain relief I'll want at the time and am happy to put my trust in our local hospital maternity unti that they'll do the best job they can.

    Our local hospital encourages skin on skin contact and breastfeeding asap which are my 2 main post birth priorities as things stand. Apart from that I don't have specific concerns over who delivers me where 8)
     
  4. Sherlock

    Sherlock Well-Known Member

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    I'm opting for a homebirth since I moved and changed MW. They don't have a local MW led unit here so she only does homebirths. Anyone opting or needing hospital has to go to the main one, which is consultant led.

    I've always wanted a homebirth but it was not really an option till we moved here. As my MW and the others in the area only attend homebirths, she is all for it and cannot see any reason why I should not have one, providing all goes well between here and the then :)

    I feel much more comfortable with the thought of remaining at home for it all. I can wander about, go outside, have my own things around me and have hubby around or he can go sit in his study during the quiet times. He'll be much happier able to do that and so will I.

    So, while nervous I'm feeling happy about it. I was never keen on hospital birth as I worry about my labour being speeded up, instruments being used and so on, whereas, from what I have read, homebirth uses none of this. Of course she is skilled in ways to assist, so I don't worry there. If baby is not distressed, I want it to take as long as it takes and not worry they are going to tell me its not quick enough.

    I was also reassured about the transfer time and so on if I do need to go to hospital for any reason. That had been my main concern but as it will take no longer to transfer me that it will to prep the theatre etc, then thats ok with me. Its not like that happens in 5 minutes, so being home or there isn't going to change much. It'll be half an hour to 40 minutes from what I have read and been told. I'll be at the hospital inside that.

    So yay, here is keeping my fingers crossed :)
     
  5. Tillytots

    Tillytots Well-Known Member

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    Im planning a homebirth :D really hope everything goes to plan Im soooo excited! :cheer: people were concerned about first time mums opting for a homebirth in another thread...these are the reasons I gave...

    Id much rather be at home, hospitals just freak me out, I wont feel comftable and Il doubt myself whereas if Im relaxed Il have total faith in my body to deliver my baby :D
     
  6. Bloom

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    In a hospital with an epidural. :D
     
  7. sparky

    sparky Well-Known Member

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    sneaks into 2nd tri

    i've already decided to have to bubs at home, heard really bad reports about the local hospital...

    my sister had her first 2 at home and highly recommended it, my mum had all four of us in the living room!

    sneaks back into 1st tri
     
  8. abcd1234

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    I'll be going to the local hospital (if i make it) i wanna spend as little time as possible there so i wont be rushing, and i wanna make it as natural as possible too.
    I wouldnt be able to have a home birth as i'd be too anxious due to what happened with my sister and my mums planned home birth.

    Clare x
     
  9. Sherlock

    Sherlock Well-Known Member

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    Like you I view pregnancy and giving birth as a natural thing and feel that once inside a hospital, even under MW care it becomes a medical experience. My whole pregnancy my mantra has been 'I'm not ill, I'm pregnant!' and while I had some tough times body health wise, I'm doing ok. Its happening because I am pregnant.

    In the western world we are very lucky to have so many medical advances made and have them available to us, but like you I really do feel its not something I want to have medical treatment for unless it really *has* to happen.

    I am a mind over matter type when it comes to pain. If I know what is causing it and can therefore rationalise it, it is much more bearable. While I expect giving birth to be the most painful experience I've ever had, it will be worth it.

    I respect people's choices, some want to be in hospital, others not. I opted for a hospital birth initially at a hospital in another county due to knowing Doctors there personally and also feeling happier about the feedback of the maternity unit. Homebirth was not really availble in my previous area. But as I had very set plans in my head about not being speeded up etc, it bothered me. Since moving and finding homebirth is an option here, I've been able to relax and to make the choice I always wanted and hoped for.
     
  10. andreaaa

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    I am hoping to birth in the Midwife Unit (which is situated right by the hospital). I was considering a Homebirth but I diddn't really take to my community Midwife :(
     
  11. nikkimitch

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    I will be in hospital with consultant led care - previously liked the idea of a homebirth but my first would have died without medical intervention, with my second i had preeclampsia and so high risk and my third came out blue. Likely to get preeclampsia again so being monitored closely and for hospital delivery.

    If you have a supportive midwife, normal pregnancy, normal delivery i think homebirth must be one of the most wonderful experiences and good on those brave enough to take it on - after my first 45hour labour I would never have been brave enough to risk it (dh wouldnt have allowed it anyway) but for those who do manage it I have heard some wonderful stories especially where older siblings are involved.
     
  12. Moofa

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    In the John Radcliffe, Oxford I wasn't given the choice due to my medical history
     
  13. Sherlock

    Sherlock Well-Known Member

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    I can understand your situation and why you will be in hospital. Best place to be if you have those complications :hug:

    As far as it goes for me, if I have any complications from here on out to birth time, MW and I will look at my home brith plan and if we feel I'll be better in hospital, then of course thats where I'll go.
     
  14. lulu

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    I really wanted a home birth this time round but I'm high risk due to the labour I had with Jack, I lost a lot of blood and we were both in hospital for 5 days afterwards.

    I also carry the strep b meningitis virus so I have to go to hospital and have an antibiotic drip due to being allergic to penicillin, this lasted for 8 hours in my labour with jack!!!

    I wanted a big family party at my home birth - oh well, the hospital is fab and it felt like a hotel when I was in with Jack!.
     
  15. Suzie and Faith

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    I'm a home-birther to be - my midwife is really for homebirths which helps, she was telling me why she thought they were the best way earlier - especially with regards to the level of care i.e. having to have 2 midwives with you.
    My main reason though is that hospitals scare me a little and i want to feel as relaxed as possible.

    It was funny when the midwife told my OH that he could help deliver the baby. The look on his face... priceless (before he'd been doubtful about even cutting the cord).
    Lol.
     
  16. Bee

    Bee Well-Known Member

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    Hospital for me

    My flat is tiny - no way I would want to give birth at home.
     
  17. missjennipenni

    missjennipenni Well-Known Member

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    A fully medicated non-vaginal non-ceasarean birth for me please :lol:
     
  18. BeckyJ

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    im planning for a home birth with birthing pool but will go to hospital if i need to
     
  19. Sophie1102

    Sophie1102 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, homebirth for me too, I had my second at home and it was so relaxing, obviously I had pain, but did it all with no pain relief and had no problems.

    I totally agree with everything that Tilly said
     
  20. tattybear85

    tattybear85 Well-Known Member

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    I wanted a home birth/midwife led unit birth...but thats out of the window with having 2 and now i have to have a hospital birth grrrrrrrr
     

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