Quoting Toni B:" I'm not yet pregnant, but I feel the need to figure everything out ahead of time so I don't have to think ... [snip!] ... I literally have a birth plan and pregnancy plan for things that I will not be consenting to during prenatal care. TIA!"
Quoting Devil Duckie:" even the most prepared home birth midwife is NOT going to have all the emergency equipment she might ... [snip!] ... labor and start working against me. SO, if your up to the most horrible pain you'll ever experience, knock yourself out! "I've been to two home births already and I was amazed at all of the equipment they had to bring. They were very well equipped with every bit of emergency medical equipment they could possibly need to get mom and baby safely to the hospital. At least in Washington, our midwives are very well trained and extremely prepared for any situation. And the pain does not scare me. I've delivered two babies... My last birth was completely unmedicated and I planned it that way. It was amazing and I can't wait to do it again. Epidurals do not work for me. I am highly allergic to several pain medications. So, it's great that they work for you.
Quoting Party of FIVE!:" I LOVED my homebirth!! Basically they are the same, except being attached to the hospital. My story is on my page, under Reid."That's so awesome! I will go read your story!! I LOVE birth stories.
Quoting Momma Porter:" I guess mine wasn't as short as I thought itd be, sorry. lol"No worries! lol I am well aware of all the things that could go wrong. I'm sorry to hear about your mom's friends. That is very devastating. However, I've also looked at the statistics and the likelihood that these things would happen are very rare. HOWEVER... that doesn't mean I'm not considering the fact that I live so far from a hospital just in case one of these rare events took place. Even though my midwife would have everything she would need to get us to a hospital, I understand that sometimes even with everything you'd need to transport, distance can pose a threat in a life or death situation. SO, I think I am leaning towards a birth center simply because if anything did go wrong, which is extremely unlikely, I would at least be really close to a hospital for quick support.