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Homebirths grow more popular in US

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/26/145880448/home-births-grow-more-popular-in-u-s

Interesting article today on NPR.

Home births increased by 29 percent between 2004 and 2009.  Still, births at home remain pretty uncommon. Only 0.72 percent of births in 2009, or 29,650, were at home, up from 0.56 percent in 2004, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The report didn't examine the reasons for the increase. But some experts said that it may be partly a reaction to the sharp increase in caesarean section deliveries in recent years. Some women may hope to avoid a C-section, and other medical procedures that often occur in hospital deliveries.   Women who are married and have already had a child are also more likely to have a home birth, the report found.  

The two big concerns are making sure the midwife delivering the baby at home is qualified to spot a problem quickly and can get help in time.

Have you ever had a homebirth?  If so, was it with your first child, or subsequent pregnancies?  If not, would you ever consider one?



by on Jan. 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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Uzma_mom_of_2
by on Jan. 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM

My first was born 3 months prematurely and breeched so I had to have a hospital. With my 2nd, I was so afraid that I didn't even consider a home birth. Both c-sections.

My sister in-law did have a home birth, mainly because she doesn't agree with all the things they do in hospitals. Rushing the delivery, trying to force you to change your mind about things if it's not progressing the way they want it to progress, the mandatory Vitamin K shot, some stuff they put on a babies eyes just in case the mom may have had an STD of some kind. She had a lot more to say about it.

Her first baby, and everything was just peachy keen. Boy is over 6 months old and perfectly healthy.

My Mother in law had 2 home births. Her first (my husband) was born at a over crowded free hospital where they just had all the in-laborladies on beds in a row. She said it was very horrible, so with #2 and #3 she did home births. #4 was gonna be a homebirth but the mid-husband (was a guy mid-wife, not sure of their title) knew something was wrong and rushed her to the emercency room. #4 had the cord around her neck but the hospital did save her.

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prettymama0709
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:19 AM

i wanted to have a home birth with both of my children but i couldnt because i was high risk :( maybe one day 

tyheamma
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 2:54 AM
Quoting MyBelovedOnes:




There is more data, a lot more. She had a very large hole in her heart that needed repair and has cerebral palsy, a unique genetic condition, central sleep apnea and chronic lung disease. However, delayed cord clamping could very well have eased her first moments of life, and even though most of our struggles were inevitable, easier would definitely have been better.

Ever praying for the miracle our princess needs. Please send prayers, positive energy, hopeful thoughts, and good karma to sweet little Lily. Follow her story on Facebook at http://facebook.com/princesslilysmiracle.

MISS_D19
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 5:50 AM

I am sorry but your home is so much cleaner than a hospital.

And just so you know, there is no better birth control for a teen than helping with a homebirth. My 16yo kept water boiling to heat up my tub and kept snacks and water for Hubby and I through my 18 hr labor.

I will never birth in a hospital again. Home was amazing!!!

you rock

TigerofMu
by Sonja on Jan. 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is definitely not part of the serious discussion, but it is a funny forward I received about a homebirth, and just thought I would share!


> The middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher :
>
> I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have
> two kids myself, but the best "birth" story I know is the
> one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years
> back.
>
> When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have
> a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over
> shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame.  Kids
> bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish
> they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any
> boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it
> in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
>
> Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright,
> very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the
> front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her
> sweater.
>
> She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my
> baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his
> birthday.'
>
> 'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love,
> and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke
> grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella
> cord.'
>
> She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and
> I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder
> with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
>
> 'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and
> going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her
> back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like
> an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a
> hysterical duck walk and groaning.)
>
> 'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but
> she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man.
> They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then
> Erica lies down with her back against the wall)
>
> 'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in
> there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and
> spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has
> her legs spread with her little hands miming water
> flowing away. It was too much!)
>
> 'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and
> 'breathe, breathe'. They started counting, but never even
> got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my
> brother.. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all
> said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there
> must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the
> middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'
>
> Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and
> returned to her seat I'm sure I applauded the loudest.
> Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my
> camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes
> along.

TonyaLea
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM


Quoting MISS_D19:

I am sorry but your home is so much cleaner than a hospital.

And just so you know, there is no better birth control for a teen than helping with a homebirth. My 16yo kept water boiling to heat up my tub and kept snacks and water for Hubby and I through my 18 hr labor.

I will never birth in a hospital again. Home was amazing!!!

you rock

LOL, Awesome!

TonyaLea
by on Jan. 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
1 mom liked this

rolling on floorOh my gosh, that is too good!!!!!  

Quoting TigerofMu:

This is definitely not part of the serious discussion, but it is a funny forward I received about a homebirth, and just thought I would share!


> The middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher :
>
> I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have
> two kids myself, but the best "birth" story I know is the
> one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years
> back.
>
> When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have
> a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over
> shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame.  Kids
> bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish
> they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any
> boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it
> in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.
>
> Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright,
> very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the
> front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her
> sweater.
>
> She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my
> baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his
> birthday.'
>
> 'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love,
> and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke
> grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella
> cord.'
>
> She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and
> I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder
> with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
>
> 'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and
> going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her
> back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like
> an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a
> hysterical duck walk and groaning.)
>
> 'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but
> she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man.
> They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then
> Erica lies down with her back against the wall)
>
> 'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in
> there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and
> spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has
> her legs spread with her little hands miming water
> flowing away. It was too much!)
>
> 'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and
> 'breathe, breathe'. They started counting, but never even
> got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my
> brother.. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all
> said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there
> must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the
> middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'
>
> Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and
> returned to her seat I'm sure I applauded the loudest.
> Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my
> camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes
> along.


laidybug
by on Feb. 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I just had to comment again, Does anyone who has commented on this post live in the Saint Louis, MO area and might happen to have some good reccomendations for were I can find a really good midwife, I have a call into one but I've not had a call back yet. Any advice would be greatly appriciated.

TonyaLea
by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 12:57 PM

This was in the headlines on the CafeMom main page today, thought I would share for all of you since it is relevent to the discussion:

Home birth advocate dies giving birth at home

Apperntly, she went into cardiac arrest.  They don't know the exact cause yet, but suspect it was a result of a severe hemmorage.  

MyBelovedOnes
by on Feb. 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM


Quoting tyheamma:

Quoting MyBelovedOnes:




There is more data, a lot more. She had a very large hole in her heart that needed repair and has cerebral palsy, a unique genetic condition, central sleep apnea and chronic lung disease. However, delayed cord clamping could very well have eased her first moments of life, and even though most of our struggles were inevitable, easier would definitely have been better.

My goodness!  I am so sorry to read this.  

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