Homebirth: what should I know?

(34 Posts)
AngelDog Thu 11-Oct-12 22:38:08

I'm 37.5 weeks with DC2 and am just making arrangements for a homebirth (haven't been able to do so before as baby was breech but has turned).

However, I realise I don't know anything at all about HBs! I wanted one as I don't like hospitals (can't sleep, and have loads of dietary restrictions so can't eat the food), I had a very easy 5 hour labour with DS, and will have no childcare for him (other than DH) for the 2 or 3 hours it'll take my parents to get here.

I'm starting to feel really unprepared as I've done no exercises, classes, stretching or anything this time.

What would it be useful for me to know?

MoonHare Wed 17-Oct-12 16:44:59

Congratualtions, so pleased to hear it was nice and straightforward - except for the tear, which I hope heals up very soon.

AngelDog Wed 17-Oct-12 10:01:46

Thanks - I had forgotten how lovely newborns were. I feel great and very 'normal', although a bit tired of course. It feels like we're still in normal life, rather than the shell-shock we had at this stage with DS1. smile

5madthings Tue 16-Oct-12 20:00:51

Yay congratulations! Hope you recover quickly, enjoy those newborn snuggles xxx

susiegrapevine Tue 16-Oct-12 19:57:51

Wow congrats! Glad it was all easy shame about the hospital transfere but better to be safe than sorry.

EdgarAllanPond Tue 16-Oct-12 11:32:31

congratulations angeldog

hope the tear heals well, and you are getting plenty of cuddle time with angelpuppy

twolittlebundles Tue 16-Oct-12 08:48:29

huge congrats Angel! Hope the healing is quick and easy too. Welcome to your new DS too.

HelloBear Mon 15-Oct-12 22:19:11

Congrats Angel! Sorry about the trip to hospital, I hope you are managing to get some rest!

AngelDog Mon 15-Oct-12 21:15:00

Thanks, everyone. Contractions started 3 hours after my waters broke, and DS2 arrived just 2.5 hours later after a quick & easy labour - 8 lbs 6 oz (and he was 15 days early, so I'm glad he didn't arrive late! wink)

It all went a bit mad after that as I had a small tear which bled a lot (the room looked like a crime scene according to my mum) so I was blue-lighted to hospital where they stitched me up easily. My LOs come out too fast!

I'm back home now with a gorgeous snuggly new baby. DS1 is absolutely smitten and cries any time he can't see the baby close up enough. Thankfully he slept through all the more difficult parts of my labour & the hospital trip.

HelloBear Mon 15-Oct-12 18:31:19

Any news???

susiegrapevine Mon 15-Oct-12 16:00:13

Hey good luck with it all, let us know about the bundle when he/she arrives

twolittlebundles Mon 15-Oct-12 08:06:26

go Angel! Hope all is going/has gone brilliantly for you all!!

jojom3 Sun 14-Oct-12 21:20:50

I've had 3 babes, 1st in hospital and stayed 1 night, hated it. 2nd at home loved it and 3rd in hospital in and out in 3 hrs! The only reason i had no3 in hospital was because no2 ws quite protective and still fairly young and i didn't want him distressed. But if i had the choice i would definately go for a hb as it is far more relaxing although slightly surreal. I think the advice you have been given thus far has pretty much covered it, but all i can add is maybe pop th heating on to make the house cosy for the new arrival and try not to be tempted to jump up and start doing chores about the house, as i did, as it will catch up with you! best wishes x

HelloBear Sun 14-Oct-12 21:18:47

Oooooo, can't wait to hear angel about your snuggly babysmile

Thanks Edgar

WingDefence Netherlands Sun 14-Oct-12 20:58:21

Hope it's going well Angel and we hear some happy news in due course!

MoonHare Sun 14-Oct-12 19:54:16

Wow - go angel !! Very best wishes for a straight forward relaxed home birth xxx

EdgarAllanPond Sun 14-Oct-12 19:32:00

Best of British, hope you have a lovely snuggly baby soon soon soon!

pom pom

AngelDog Sun 14-Oct-12 19:07:19

Thanks. Cx going now!

EdgarAllanPond Sun 14-Oct-12 17:36:07

spinning babies for the lady upthread -

actually worth a read anyway, as late breech can go OP

op they may ask you to transfer if contx don't start within a certain time frame

see here

EdgarAllanPond Sun 14-Oct-12 17:31:34

pom poms!!

go angeldog!!

AngelDog Sun 14-Oct-12 17:25:09

Well, my waters have gone and I'm waiting for contractions to start, so no time to worry about things I'm missing now! smile

GPs are here so no worries about DS which makes life much easier.

PickleSarnie Sat 13-Oct-12 08:12:21

Wilkos have cheap dust sheets. We then put some old bed sheets on top of them.

You don't need a bucket for the placenta as someone mentions above! Unless I guess you want to keep it in your fridge to make pate out of or something! Otherwise, the midwives bring a medical waste bucket.

If you're having a pool, fill it up sooner rather than later. You can always top out with hot water when you need to. My son was born well before ours was full. Should have just used it for a post birth pool party instead.

AngelDog Fri 12-Oct-12 22:08:47

Thanks, everyone. That's really helpful - reminded me I needed to track down my TENS machine among other things!

The midwife talked me through things today, so I feel a bit more clued up in that respect.

We're lucky that our bedroom is a loft conversion so we'll use that as it's fairly big, has an ensuite shower room and I can stay away from everyone else in the house. The only issue might be that DS usually sleeps up there with me, but we need to get him used to kipping in the spare room with DH, which I think will be fine.

We have a combi boiler so that's one less thing to worry about!

susie, I didn't want to think about the second labour taking longer... wink Congrats on your DD.

MoonHare, hope it goes well.

MoonHare Fri 12-Oct-12 16:27:37

Hi AngelDog I'm planning 2nd home birth in just over a weeks time (I hope!).

My MW visited us at home at 36 weeks to talk through everything and left a list of useful things for us to have:
clean old towels and sheets
kitchen roll
cushions or pillows
large plastic sheets eg shower curtain (pick them up in the £1 shop)
Torch and candles
angle poise lamp
If using pool - mirror and sieve
music
camera

For mum:
something loose and comfy for labour
face cloth
maternity pads
comfy big knickers
refreshments and snacks

For baby:
clean soft old towels
carry cot/crib
nappies
baby clothes

What I did last time was sort everything into two piles; one that I would need if had to transfer to hospital and one with the stuff that would stay at home. I packed a bag with all the stuff we'd need if we ended up in hospital e.g stuff for me to wear during and after birth, baby clothes, snacks, and my TENS. The rest eg old towels, angle poise lamp, plastic sheets went into a big box in the dining room. I also packed a bag for DD just in case she ended up elsewhere, which she did, with change of clothes, nappies, toys, books etc.

It's really useful to have everything to hand when it all kicks off without having to send DH all round the house to find stuff. On the day I sent him up to change our bed so we all climbed into clean sheets with the new baby, lovely.

The MW will bring all the medical type stuff you need. They will also clear up afterwards.

When you go into labour as well as putting water on and turning heating up, make sure any outside lights are on or tie a balloon or something to the door to make it easy for the MW to spot your house.

If it's possible to ask a favour of friends locally do make some arrangements for your DS just in case you have to transfer in or decide on the day you'd rather he was elsewhere. This time we have a list of friends who have all agreed to take our DDs until the grandparents arrive (they live 150 miles away so it'll be a few hours) if needs be and we'll contact them depending on their availability. I'm hoping it'll be night time in which case I'd happily leave them upstairs sleeping while I labour downstairs after last time I'm pretty sure they wouldn't wake.

Very best wishes with everything.

weezl74 Fri 12-Oct-12 12:53:49

snacks for birth partner and midwives

still sports drink/milk for you

seive, thermometer if you are using bath/pool

TENS

Swiss ball

co-dydramol

Arnica cream

HelloBear Fri 12-Oct-12 10:34:32

That has just reminded me - If you have to heat your water (don't know what type of boiler that is???) put the hot water on continuous when you go into labour, for showers/baths/washing hands.

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