36 thoughts on “Planned Homebirth Survey”

  1. Took the survey- had two planned homebirths followed by a planned hospital birth. If I had another baby (unlikely), it would be in the hospital as well.

  2. @Kelly – I’m intrigued that you had a planned hospital birth after having had 2 planned homebirths. Would you care to share your stories?

  3. I had an unplanned homebirth with my second – she was in a hurry. If I were to have another child, I’d love to explore having a planned homebirth with a midwife.

  4. I was glad to see that survey. A planned homebirth with an incompetent midwife almost killed my second child, and I appreciate being able to share the experience.

  5. I LOVE filling out surveys! And did have a planned home birth, only in Canada. So I’m not eligible. Hmph.

  6. I felt the survey needed two more questions…1. Was this a singleton pregnancy?
    2. Was this a spontaneous pregnancy?
    On the first question, I would think it would be overwhelmingly yes since you would “risk out” of homebirth for a multiple, but I’d like to know for sure.
    On the second question, I would think it would be overwhelmingly yes again, but I could be wrong. Needing help getting pregnany doesn’t necessarily mean you’re higher-risk. It sometimes just feels that way.

  7. Filled it out…had a birth center birth first time out and a planned homebirth for the 2nd. We’re not having any more, but if we were, I’d have a hundred homebirths (well, maybe not 100). :o)I don’t have any hospital birthing experience because I’d heard too many horror stories from family/friends, plus I really wanted to explore drug-free birthing. I think in order to have a positive birth in any setting, you definitely need to educate yourself with birthing classes and alternative methods for pain management. I took a hypnobirthing class, and it absolutely helped me make it through both births.
    (Fast labor helps, too, although hypnobirthing facilitates that.)

  8. Yeah, bummer that the survey is only if “you have had a planned home birth in the United States”. I had a midwife with both my births, both were hoping to be home births but ended up as hospital births. I would definitely go the midwife route again, although I think I’d just plan to go to the hospital instead.

  9. done! could not have imagined a better experience (homebirth).stacy, so sorry for your experience. that sounds just awful.
    my mom was a midwife for 30 years (delivered over 1,000 babies) – the very worst outcomes they ever had were in the hospital. not saying, of course, it was *because* of the setting – just saying being there does not necessarily equal “safe.”

  10. Me five! Kelly very curious! No judgment, just want to learn from someone else’s experience.Survey all filled out. l loved remembering the births. I had both of mine at home and would do it again. I loved the freedom to do what I needed to do. I would have been much more afraid to do it in the hospital than at home, that’s just me.

  11. I planned a home birth, but alas pre-eclampsia got in the way and I spent nine days in the hospital before my c-section at 35 weeks. And also it was in Israel, so although I’m American, not eligible for the survey. Too bad, I love surveys and I love home birth, although this time we’re going straight to the hospital because I’m not brave enough to chance a homebirth after a c-section.

  12. I planned a homebirth, but high blood pressure sent me to the hospital for induction at 37 weeks (I was having irregular contractions, would likely have gone into spontaneous labour quite soon. I was piiiiissed to have my plans changed, but it was a good lesson in how illusory this whole “making plans” thing is.) I live in Canada, and had my midwife present for the induction (pitocin can bite me) even though I wasn’t technically under her care. Would like to have my next child at home!

  13. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  14. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  15. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  16. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  17. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  18. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  19. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  20. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  21. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  22. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  23. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  24. Had a wonderful planned homebirth with CNM (Certified Nurse Midwives) who had hospital admitting priviliges just in case (but didn’t need) plus a fantastic doula. Sorry for those of you who didn’t have what you wanted. I was lucky and all went well.

  25. I did the survey when you first posted it. Thanks for linking to it!I had planned a hospital birth with an OBGYN but changed my mind and planned a homebirth with a CNM three weeks before I was due. I was lucky in that the doula I already had been working with was able to connect me with the midwife. I kept my new plans secret due to what I knew would be intense family fears and pressures.
    The birth went well and my husband and I were happy to be at home. Sadly, we are now facIng some ugly family dynamics (8 months later) due to the secrecy I chose and due to my father, stepmother and sibling’s views about birth (they are MDs). It totally sucks at the moment and I am working hard to mainain positivity about something that was beautiful and went well!!!
    Thank you Moxie and community for many hours of support and awesomeness these last 8 months. I never knew I would feel so connected via the Internet.

  26. Me five! Kelly very curious! No judgment, just want to learn from someone else’s experience.Survey all filled out. l loved remembering the births. I had both of mine at home and would do it again. I loved the freedom to do what I needed to do. I would have been much more afraid to do it in the hospital than at home, that’s just me.

  27. Glad to hear I’m not the only one having a hospital birth after 2 homebirths.In my case, we’ve had to transfer a 4 hour old baby to the NICU both times due to respiratory distress and don’t want to go through that again. My first had a very long labor and pushing stage and ended up with pneumonia and mec aspiration and needed intubation. My second wasn’t that bad, but some fast breathing freaked us out and we figured it was better to transfer than risk it. Neither the midwives nor the hospital staff said there was anything we could have done to prevent it and we had no reason to think it would repeat, but my husband (who bears the brunt of the transfer stress) would be a lot less stressed out if we were in a hospital to start with. I think if the situation with baby #2 happens again, we’ll probably end up with a night at the special care nursery, but not need the fullblown NICU. My hospital-based midwives are optimistic that I’ll have a breathing baby this time, but the back-up plan makes us feel better. Both my kids were post-dates, too — 42w2d and 40w5d, so it’s not like I had 37 weekers where you’d expect potential lung issues.
    I loved, loved, loved laboring and birthing at home and have joked about renting a big van and birthing in the hospital parking lot so nobody can mess with me unless the baby needs it. As it is, I’m choosing a midwife group at the hospital 5 min. from home that is fine with waterbirth/birthing stool/whatever and will let me do my own thing. I plan to show up as late as possible.
    If this birth goes swimmingly, I would definitely consider homebirthing again in the future. We just need to know that I can produce babies who breathe properly.
    I’ve got links to my birth stories on my blog, from March 8, 2007 (a reposted version from his birthday 3 years before) and March 15, 2006

  28. I missed the survey. Darn it.I am also one who had a homebirth, and wants to go back to the hospital next time.
    1st birth, hospital, induced, ended in c-section.
    2nd birth, HBAC (homebirth after cesarean) with CPM.
    I had a wonderful MW, and things were okay until my baby was stuck (shoulder dystocia). She needed resuscitation, had a BP injury, and we transferred. Scared the you-know-what out of me, and my husband. I also was in SHOCK from how painful labor really was.
    Next time, I am looking forward to going to the hospital, I will feel safer there. There is no way I could have another homebirth after the SD. I will also gladly except the epidural if I feel the need for it.

  29. I like everything you make its so uniquely gorgeous I really like the idea,perfect gift for this coming mother’s day.thanks for making my CRY this morning. What a great opening paragraph and photo. It goes too quickly, S, it truly does.

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