I get parallel care from a CNM/ OB practice. The hospital is 500 yards from my house. If there is a transport issue, we call the medical people and have them meet us at the hospital. The midwife has the advantage of being able to share the details of the condition that has caused the transport so the hospital staff can work quickly to prep for intervention.
My home birth midwife has pitocin for hemorrhage, oxygen, fetal monitoring devices, blood pressure cuffs, emergency fluids... all kinds of equipment. Home birthers aren't hill billies who bite on a stick and drop babies in a field. We have set ups much like a birth center, it's just in our living rooms.
at 10:07 PM on May. 19, 2010