Posted by: peggynbindy
a question: do u roll dice?
cos u'de no what i mean by chance and eventually it will fall on your number.
First off life is risk, we risk getting run over or being in an accident as soon as we walk out our front doors. Does that mean that we should stay locked inside all our lives? Of course it doesn't.
if they have 1000 hosp births complication free with 1000 home births complication free.. those that have unexpected complications WILL have a better outcome when in hospital. cos i bet on my life midwives that do home births dont carry ALL life saving equipment. can they perform emergency c section is a question i really would like to no the answer to.. and i mean that in a nice way
Of course a midwife attending a home birth can not perform and "emergency" c/section. What a midwife at a home birth will do is look for early warning signs that may indicate a need to transfer to hospital and discuss them with the woman at that time. I would sure hope that my midwife would notice something was wrong way before it was deemed an emergency situation.
How emergency c/section is defined can also impact on the issue of time relating to transfer. Some emergency c/sections take up to 30 minutes to organise.....I am 10 minutes from my local hospital and as the midwife would have rung ahead theater would be prepped by the time I arrived so in that instance I wouldn't have had a c/section any sooner by being in a hospital.
Some emergencies are that bad that a general is needed and I think they are done within say 10 minutes of knowing there is a serious problem. Again, my midwife should have picked up on early warning signs and by then I would have been at hospital so again I would choose to have a home birth again before I got to hospital.
I have very quick labours and statistics say that I have a better chance of a good outcome delivering at home under the care of a skilled midwife than in the car or on the side of the road trying to get to hospital.
Home births are not for everyone but everyone needs to respect a woman's right to give birth where she is comfortable as too much stress is known to have negative impact on labour and can lead to interventions that might have otherwise been unnecessary. My hospital birth with DS1 wasn't bad, just not how I wanted to give birth. This time I had a water birth at home, knowing the risks but feeling that the benefits far outweighed the unlikely transfer to hospital I might need.
I would never intentionally put my baby's life at risk and if at any time the midwife or myself felt that something was going wrong then I would have been the first to hold my hand up and get transferred to hospital.
Sometimes mums/bubs die, even with all the medical intervention in the world and that is truly sad. I resent the insinuation that I put my son's life at risk because I chose to have him at home. I want to do what is best for both my boys and for me and our family that meant having ds2 at home.
If you choose to give birth in a hospital that is your right and no one should try and deny you that CHOICE or tell you that you are doing the wrong thing, in the same vein if people like me choose to give birth at home, the same applies.
The original poster was looking for support not a lynching for stating her reasons for why she did not want to give birth in a hospital. DS2 had 9&10 apgar scores at birth so he was completely healthy and you can't tell me that he would have had better scores than that if I had given birth to him in hospital.