I can't stand being in hospitals. They are gross and not restful. Ours demands a mandatory 48 hour stay and with each of the 3 times I've stayed after birth in this hospital I got a maximum of 1/2 hour of sleep the entire 48 hours. It's horrid. Oh and for those saying just sign out AMA, I can but they won't let me sign baby out without pediatrician approval and they conveniently dissapear until the 48 hour mark.
Anyway I'd very much like to just have baby at home this time. However in my state home birth and midwives are not legal. ( well maybe its just home births attended by midwives, not really sure, the research I did wasnt really clear). The closest birth center is too far for my fast labors.
With my last baby I labored at home for nearly the whole thing. It was fun, calm, and even though it was painful I was happy and at ease. When we got to the hospital I was very close to delivering and it was just miserable. I didn't want to be wheeled to the ob wing but I was told I had to, I didn't want to be monitored but they told me I had to lay in the bed for a mandatory 30 minutes of monitoring. The pain got so much worse the second my butt hit the bed. I know it was all mental. I was in absolute agony for the hour that was left in my labor. I feel like much of that pain was caused by the hospital setting and could be avoided if I stay at home.
My question is what do you do if you have your baby at home? I mean after baby is born do you take baby in right away to be checked out or wait until morning or what? I'd basically have to say baby 'came too fast' for me to get to the hospital. Would they admit the baby or just do a quick check and send us home?
on Aug. 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM