Hi, I'm expecting my 5th child in July & planning my first home birth with a midwife. 2 midwives will be present for birth but 1 lives 45 minutes away & the one with the most experience lives 2 hours away. I'm nervous because my last labor wasn't even an hour long. By the time I realized I was in labor 10-15 minutes & made the 1/2 hour drive to the hospital, she was born on the triage table 6 mins after arriving @ er door 1 small push. I think I could have easily delivered her in the truck because I wanted desperately to push the entire drive there. My labor before was 1 hr 15 mins & the labor before that 3 hours. My babies come fast & I've never had to push more than 3 times. I also tend to deliver 2-3 weeks before due date & during that time the closest midwife will be on vacation out of state for 10 days so the midwife remaining is 2 hours away. They have a doula I can call that is 20 mins away during this time but that won't help much when it comes to delivering. I just can't help but worry that's exactly what will happen. I live in a rural area where midwives are few and far between & they have no hospital privileges whosoever. I spent 2 months researching this, several years wanting to do this and now we can afford to but I don't want to deliver alone or just with my hubby &/or doula. I could go it yes but I wouldn't want to be unsafe for my baby. Any advice? Thanks for reading!
on Mar. 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM