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my home birth story....
Member Name: nanomeyb
Advantages: so relaxed atmosphere....
Disadvantages: convincing other half.....
Having a home birth was one of the best experiances in my life so far.
i am a mother of three, and had my first two babies in hospital and had a home birth with my third.
why did i want a home birth?.....i didnt have bad or horrible experiances having my first two daughters in hospital, there are a few different reasons why i decided to have a home birth first one being.... i just dont like hospitals!
i remember when i was younger i fainted in one visiting my sister and every snce then i have always felt uncomfortable and nervous.
My first two births were about 6 and 7 hours long, everything ran smoothly and i had gas and air and then i got to the last stage and felt exhausted and worn out and the so called 'easy bit' (pushing!) was the hardest bit for me.... i left hospital within a few hours afterwards.
when i was expecting my third baby i decided i wanted a birth that would be just like the others but when i got to that hard bit, id be more relaxed and ready... i thought a home birth would do just that.
My midwife was happy for me to have one, she ran me through everything i needed to know including what would happen in an emergency. This put me at ease and the only thing i had to do was convince my other half who was not keen.... and abit worried.
It took a while but he started to understand my reasons and a chat with my midfwife put him at ease.i had a huge box with everything the midwives would need delivered to my house and then had to wait for the labour to begin..
i had labour pains all night but managed to get lots of rest between them. i kept my self busy all morning, preparing for my other two daughters to go out with friends for the day... i did some tidying and remember folding washing and pausing between contractions...(i laugh about that now!) i was relaxed and almost say busy! by the time the midwives came an hour after i called them was well on the way.... baby was born in the living room (lol!) two hours later and then i could lay on the sofa, have a bath and a chinese before going to bed!
if i didnt have a home birth im not sure it would have been such a great birth... the atmosphere was so relaxed, i mean the midwifes were drinking tea and watching neighbours 10minutes before baby arrived.
afterwards 30mins later the midwives had gone and they took absolutely everything away.... you would never have thought my living room had just been a labour suite!
i would reccomend a home birth to anyone, as long as the midwife thinks its safe to do so. and id definatly have another if i was mad enough to have more kids!
Summary: highly reccomeded as long as your widwife is happy