Homebirth possibility (Mum with thyroid issues!)

(4 Posts)
ReikiMummy Tue 05-Feb-13 20:34:26

So..... hmm

I've browsed a fair few of the home birth threads in Pregnancy and in Childbirth - so not 100% where to post this! It could land in either... so just to be sure am posting here too.

I had my second midwife appointment today, with (as it turns out) a midwife who is retiring in 2 weeks time.

Anyway, at the first midwife appointment, when asked what my birth plan was I didn't really know what to say. (I admit.. I did answer "Have a baby...??" being a bit naive about it all...)

Having thought about it, I figured I'd ask the MW if there was any reason I couldn't have a home birth. Really not sure I'm going to be having any more (not for want of trying, just seeing how long it took to get PG this time around!)

MW advised against a homebrith due to being treated for an underactive thyroid (for the past god knows how many years...), and the fact that it's my first baby.

She did suggest I ask the Obstetrician consultant type person who is involved in my "case" due to thryoid thing. (Just for info - started out as over-active thryoid (hyper...) and was then sent 'under' (hypo) by radioactive iodine when about 19 years old)

So - has anyone else out there with thyroid issues been told this?

Is this just the MW being careful as she's retiring in a couple of weeks?
Should I stick out for what I want? (So far the pregnancy has been fine, no morning sickness, no problems at all). All was fine at the last consultant's appointment.

I know people won't be able to comment specifically on my case, however if anyone can advise regarding their own experiences I'd be most grateful!

Thanks smile

mayhew Tue 05-Feb-13 22:12:42

If you are on thyroxine (I'm assuming you are) then the key is,are you on a stable low dose? If you are, then in my unit, you would be treated as low-risk and ok for home birth if that is what you want.

First babies are more likely to end up needing medical intervention than 2nd or 3rd for overdueness, slow labour, wanting epidural. That would not stop you planning a home birth. None of those things are scary emergencies.

ReikiMummy Tue 05-Feb-13 22:41:00

Hi Mayhew, thanks for the reply.

What's considered a low dose?

I have no idea what effect having an underactive thyroid could have on a pregnancy - have yet to have that chat with the obstetrician.

Thanks for the reply again.

jb198 Wed 06-Feb-13 10:01:35

I have thyroid issues, they only present when I am pregnant.
I have had both my children at home with no problems. They did my bloods every four weeks and I took thyroxine accordingly. No mention of thyroid issues was made either time.

Hold out for what you want, both times my pregnancies have been "high risk" and I have had two lovely peaceful home births. You have to weigh up what's right for you. Good luck and stick to your guns!

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