Why I decided on a homebirth
My journey to having another baby has been a long road, and my pregnancy is nearing the end. While I know it shocks and even scares some people I know, my husband and I decided to have a homebirth. It was not an easy decision, but after everything, I think this decision is best for me, the baby, and my husband.
When I got pregnant in 2012, we had planned on going with a midwifery that had a birthing center because my ob/gyn office added a new doctor that I did not like. He is the doctor that I had in the first part of my pregnancy with Sissy Girl, and you can read why I don’t like him here. However, after my first visit, I quickly realized that the place I had chosen, while it was nice and I liked the midwife, was too far for me to drive. As much as I didn’t want to go, I ended up at my ob/gyn anyways when I started bleeding. The place has 4 ob/gyns, and the one I saw did an ultrasound, told me he thought I had a bladder infection, and sent me for some blood work. I lost my baby that night, in my home, while my children slept and my husband was working thousands of miles away. I did not know I was actually having a miscarriage until right before it happened. I went back to the office the next day only to find out from another ob/gyn in the office that the ob/gyn I had seen the day before had done me an incredible disservice. My baby was already dead when I saw him the day before. He told me you could see where the sac was deflated. I have no idea why the other ob/gyn did what he did. I guess I am lucky that there were no complications, but honestly the experience traumatized me. When I got pregnant again a few months later, I had no intention of ever going back there.
I found another place. It was a birthing center, and it wasn’t too far from where I lived. There was an obstetrician connected to the practice, and he was the one who took care of me when I had my second miscarriage last June. I was happy with my care, so it seemed natural to go back there when I got pregnant with Sweet Pea. However, the doctor read my quad screen results wrong. It was a 1 in 130 chance, not a 1 in 30 chance as I had first been told. Then in the late spring, we had an issue with the birthing center itself that not only destroyed my trust for my midwives, but it made my husband so upset that he said if I wanted to continue there, he would not be there for the birth. We both agreed that I would not be delivering there. However, I had no idea what to do at that point. I was more than half-way through my pregnancy. I have had rotten luck with ob/gyns. I just wanted to be able to enjoy my pregnancy and not be stressed out.
I got the names of a few other ob/gyns in the area, and then one of my really good friends mentioned her midwife. She had talked about her before and the wonderful experience she had with her. I talked to a few other friends that knew the midwife and heard nothing but great things. The idea of having a baby at home seemed a little scary, but at the same time, I thought it was worth talking to this midwife to explore the option.
Halfway through meeting her in person, my mind was made up. She was knowledgeable and answered all my questions. I told her my fears because of loss, and she put me at ease. For me, that was important. I have spent so much of this pregnancy nervous. I had nightmares the first time I went baby shopping. It took me forever just to go shopping for baby stuff without breaking down in tears at some point. To have someone who was willing to listen and not treat me like I am being irrational in feeling the way I do is important.
I know that a homebirth is not right for everyone, but for me, I feel this is what I need. She is a professional, and she is so helpful. I am still nervous at times, but I feel like I am in good hands.