Huge glass of fresh squeezed juice and whatever else I needed. I suggest reading lots of books. I think that this is the most peaceful wonderful way for a baby to enter this world! My daughter was born in our living room in front of a cozy fire.
I took an herb bath afterwards. The midwives cooked my husband and I dinner and tucked us all in bed before they left. I think that was a little unusual, though! This was Madres widwifery in Berkeley with Lucero Dorado. Work with a midwife you trust and respect - it was a beautiful experience for us. Katia What a wonderful question. My most heartfelt advice is to give yourself and your whole family the lovely gift of a homebirth.
I work in a Bay Area hospital birthing center, so I am very familiar with hospital birth, and I gave birth to my own child at home. Many hospitals will ''allow'' you to labor as you wish, especially in the case of someone like you who has relatively easy labors and births.
There was no rushing, no whisking, no timetable, no obligatory hospital routines, no frequent interruptions. Just me, my partner, and our baby gazing at each other, snuggling in our own bed, eating our own food, using our own shower, being dressed or naked as we felt like it, resting when we needed to, and with the incredibly loving and constant attention of our midwife. It was truly magical. And, with two older siblings, I think that it can be an incredible way to include children in the birth to the extent that they and you want them involved. There's really nothing like it.
Of course, pregnancy can bring surprises, and the best laid intentions to birth at home don't always work out. Your baby could be breech, you could have a placenta previa, or any other number of factors could necesitate a hospital birth. During the birth itself, there are a number of situations that would require transport to the hospital, and then of course you would just go. No one is so committed to homebirth that they would jeopardize a mother or baby just to give birth at home. That said, most of the time pregnancy and birth proceed normally and can happen quite safely at home.
I think the best approach is to set your intention to birth at home, work with a reputable midwife whom you trust, make your plans, and then be flexible and willing to let it go if need be. Logistically, there are a few things that happen after the birth that you need to make arrangements for: 1 the newborn screening blood test PKU, etc.
By: Penny Simkin, et al. Kindle Edition , 10 pages. You've made your decisions and now your sister is making hers. Good luck, ''Home-birth'' style mom AB You don't mention why you aren't having an actual homebirth but you sound like a good candidate to me. But as soon as the midwife walked in, they stopped and switched modes, and let me do it 'naturally'. Treats you as the amazing woman you are Understands your baby is fully conscious and sensitive to everything. Links Upcoming Events Oct
It should be done sometime between 12 hours and 7 days of life. Your pediatrician may be willing to come to your home to do this, or you can pay any number of pediatricians in the area who will do this. Much nicer than having to go in to the office. You must make arrangements in advance for this. Then, on your own sweet time, you need to make an appointment at the county records clerk office and go down in person to fill out and sign their paperwork. An easy visit, I think we did it when our son was about 6 weeks old.
It was sort of fun to have him ''off the grid,'' so to speak, and not known to any bureaucracies for that small window of time. I hope this answers some of your questions.
As a medical professional who is involved with birth, and especially as a mother who gave birth at home, I truly do not see any downside to homebirth. And the upside well, there are too many to mention is a beautiful, transformational experience for the whole family. I decided to have a home birth for my second child and it was great. That was eight weeks ago and I am so glad that I went that route. You are the perfect candidate: low-risk pregnancy with easy, fast births.
The midwife will give you a list of supplies that you will need for her to use and to keep your house clean. My midwife's priority is to let the family bond with the new baby right after the birth provided everything goes fine and mom or baby don't need extra care for complications. I scooped her up under the shoulders and pulled her onto my tummy.
They wrapped her up at some point and I nursed her fairly soon after the birth. They don't weight the baby for an hour or two or give the baby its vitamin K shot, etc. My midwife really believes that if everyone is healthy, bonding takes priority and that these other things can wait.
They clean up and make sure I get a shower before they leave, and also make sure that we are all OK and settled in. It is so nice after the birth to be home and not in the hospital in their uncomfortable beds with constant interruptions from nurses and other staff members, and no roommates! The atmosphere after the birth is calm and warm. I suggest that you seriously cosider this option. Andi Congratulations on your pregnancy! It sounds like your first two births were ''easy'' and fast.
I have had two homebirths and am planning our third. Here are some facts for you to consider: Midwives who attend homebirths are either CNMs like the ones at your hospital or LMs; both have had extensive training, just different routes. Both are certified by the State of California. Homebirth midwives are trained for emergencies and what to look out for and would never keep you at home if they sense something is not right. They carry oxygen, are neonatal resuscitation certified and almost always work in pairs one midwife for the mother, one midwife for the baby.
Homebirths are wonderful and I believe you get more care and one on one time with the midwife than you would at the hospital. First of all, most midwives will do home visits with you and they will last up to an hour each time. They first come once a month or once every 3 weeks, and then every 2 weeks, and then every week.
AFter the baby is born, they do a complete check of the baby and there are even some pediatricians in the area who have worked enough with the homebirth community here that they trust the midwives' judgement enough to not ''require'' the families to come for a 1 day or 3 day appt. Some pediatricians will even do a home visit after the baby is born!
One of my favorite things about the midwifery care is that the midwives will attend to you after the baby is born, 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 2 weeks and and then 3 weeks later, checking both YOU and the baby. You do not get this from a hospital birth. Most doctors require that you come in only at 6 weeks to get a check and you need to take your baby to the pediatrician yourself. Midwives will do the Vitamin K shot and the eye antibiotics if you choose for your baby.
What they will not do is strap you to a continuous heart rate monitor throughout your pregnancy they will check at appropriate times with their doppler and they will not make you stay in bed. They will not deprive you of food or drink; in fact, they will encourage you to eat whatever you want and to hydrate yourself. They do not care how many people are in your home, if you don't want the cord to be cut right away, if you don't want the cord cut at all called a lotus birth!! You will need to be aware that you are fully responsible for all decision making, more so than at a hospital. Midwives usually don't carry malpractice insurance because 1 it is cost prohibitive and 2 it may not be offered to them, so be aware of this.
Also remember as I already said, midwives are trained to know what are unusual or abnormal pregnancy symptoms; they will only offer homebirths to low risk women.
Lastly, you live in a great area where there are so many wonderful, experienced midwives available. Call SOON because most midiwves are booked 9 months in advance!!!
My favorite is Cindy Haag, of the Homebirth Collective, www. She has a fine balance of alternative and western medical knowledge and is respected by midwives, doctors and hospitals throughout the bay area, inc. She is often booked though!! I can compare hospital and homebirth care because I have been a birth doula at hospitals and also a homebirth apprentice midwife, as well as having had concurrent care for my pregnancies.
You can post a reply with your email address if you need more information or want to talk. I had two midwife attended, intentional drug free hospital births. There were about a dozen times that I thought to myself during labor how glad I was to NOT be at home. They were My second child did wind up getting stuck and it was an intense few moments, but the right Dr was called and there in a second.
I was able to breathe through it and the midwife coached me, but the knowledge that SHOULD the baby or I need immediate intervention, we would have been okay was worth more that what I perceive to be the pluses of having a home birth. If we had crystal balls that would be a different story, but we don't and why risk it? I don't mean to be the lone fear monger here, but things can and do go wrong in childbirth and if you can still have a positive natural birth experience with support there in case of an unforeseen circumstance, why wouldn't you?
Pro natural hospital birther Bureaucratic paperwork for a Homebirth May I'm planning a quite late switcheroo to a homebirth 32nd week from Kaiser.
I was hoping to get some advice about all the bureaucratic stuff that is typically done for a birth. I know at Kaiser, they usually help you with all this stuff. Is it more of a hassle when working with a midwife? Anyone with experience, I'd greatly appreciate your advice. Jina Congratulations on your baby. We also switched to a homebirth from Kaiser, but ours was at 16 weeks.