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    Posted August 5, 2010 by
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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    Giving birth at home

    Mayla's Accidental (Unassisted) Homebirth


    My daughter was accidentally born at home this past February, I was alone during labor.


    My first child was born in a hospital in 2002. It took 48 hours of labor for that one. So when labor number 2 started, I assumed I had alot of time. I sent my husband to drop of my 8 year old son, and our pets at my parent's house.


    I went into active labor right after he left. It was VERY intense.

    My husband came back an hour later, to baby girl crowning. Hubby didn't believe me, he asked me what was happening. I screamed "BABY COME NOW" which is all I could manage to say, talking was too much extra at that point, and he dialed 911.


    Baby girl was born at home on February 7, 2010. The day after a huge snowstorm. The ambulance arrived about 10 minutes after she was born, and they took me to my awaiting OB to be checked out.


    I would have never planned a homebirth, although I have had alot of friends to do it. But after having had one, I must admit it was MUCH more peaceful than the hospital birth I had with my son. There were no nurses or doctors there to be disrespectful to me, like with my first birth.


    I don't know that I would plan one again. Maybe, maybe not, there are risks EITHER way. I think I will choose a doctor whom I trust that will respect MY wishes of low intervention during birth, and who does not treat women like cattle. Women would not have to choose a homebirth, if doctors and nursing staff would treat women in birth with respect (although I know some women would prefer a homebirth no matter what). Most women know that low intervention gives you a better chance of avoiding a c-section, which IS very risky also.


    My first hospital birth was TERRIBLE. I later found out my first doc was nicknamed "the butcher". thankfully he was ASLEEP in the back room during my son's hospital birth, I pushed for 4 hours, so he didn't get his hands on me, since the length of time I guess had him fall asleep, but he was very rude and cruel during the placenta delivery, and sticthes. I wish I could have fired him right THERE.


    The difference between the two births were like two different worlds. I never got why women would choose a homebirth, until I accidentally had one. Now I get it. Peace, respect, and choice was not taken from me.

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