Bleeding during labour is normal?

(6 Posts)
cloudywithachanceof Sun 03-Aug-14 16:53:30

I have 3 DCs.. aged 11, 7 and 5. Whenever I was in labour, I'd bleed a bit of fresh red blood. Each time proven to be nothing serious and baby was born vaginally, no interventions, healthy, etc. 1st DC born in hospital, the other 2 born at home in planned homebirths.

Just wondering if I have a 4th DC, would I be able to have a homebirth without the mw forcing me to go to the hospital to have the bleeding checked out before allowing me to homebirth? Each time in the past this happened, it involved a tedious 8 hour long wait, in labour (I never needed pain relief and anyway gas and air makes me sick, but sitting on a plastic chair in the waiting room for 8 hours in labour is a damn long time) at the overstaffed hospital to be seen by a doctor. To be told actually it's nothing serious and just a normal effect of my cervix dilating. I'm really dreading having to do a repeat of that...

cloudywithachanceof Sun 03-Aug-14 16:54:39

I'd just rather stay at home and labour in peace for once.. without having to go to a hospital and wait a long time to be seen just to be told it's nothing serious.

DefiniteMaybe Sun 03-Aug-14 16:59:49

I bled in labour with dc1 but not dc2.
I'm not recommending this of course but if I thought it was normal for me I probably wouldn't mention it.

cloudywithachanceof Sun 03-Aug-14 16:59:53

To complicate matters, I am now living in a different town and county from the one previous where I had 2 homebirths. I have no idea if the hospital and mws in the hospital here can obtain my birth notes and records from the previous town's hospital, so they know that this bleeding during labour is a common recurrent thing in all the births I've had?

cloudywithachanceof Sun 03-Aug-14 17:03:31

Actually I'm not even sure the birthnotes mentioned the bleeding. I have a copy of one of my DC's birthnotes here and don't see it being mentioned.

cloudywithachanceof Sun 03-Aug-14 17:04:10

Unfortunately I did not take copies of my other 2 DC's birthnotes. So I don't know if they'd have mentioned it

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