No one is saying exactly what the issue is - personally I think it's simply age and not having had anyone plan to give birth in a bath before.
I am gently being pushed towards MLU - but having been to see it it's too far and the local hospital is not somewhere I want to be - they don't even have a birthing pool (well they do but they can't use it because they don't believe the ceiling can take the weight so it has never been filled).
I'm quite excited at the idea - but my mum and rest of family also think I should go to hospital and are planting doubts.
Can you find out who the supervisor of midwives is and have a chat with them? Home births are safe for second and third time low risk mums with very similar outcomes to hospital births and you've already had two normal deliveries. Obviously you can't predict what a birth will be like and you would want a midwife experienced in home birth, suturing, resist etc and if you really want to be at home they can't refuse to look after you. Good luck.
Hooray, consultant signed me off for it today, I am a bit , she said "if you make it to 37 weeks", it didn't really click til I got to car what she had said so I couldn't ask her to clarify, seeing midwife next week so I can finally arrange it all then.
I just have to finish my decluttering the house between now and then and my lovely mum has offered to come and clean the whole house once I have finished, I have one trunk, 1 cupboard and the kitchen to do!
And then THE TOYROOM, which mostly I cannot even get in - and all this and sorting Christmas as this is when baby is due.
Oh I had my baby in the bath too, a semi-planned home birth (this was DC1, so although I had tentatively planned for home birth I expected to end up in hospital, but never made it).
Just excited to meet someone else who had a bath delivery, and wish you best of luck for next one.
Though, saying that, why not hire a birth pool, rather than the bath? I did find getting into positions in the bath rather difficult and would have preferred a bit more water to relax in between contractions.
Ah if only I could share decluttering success with you as well as bath births! Been trying to declutter for the whole of my mat leave and now I only have one month left and frankly can't be bothered.
I suspect I might have another surprise birth next time - my first wasn't an especially quick labour but it didn't progress uniformly:much quicker at the end - if midwife was right then I went from not dilated at all to baby being born in about three hours. So if next time is quicker...perhaps I should get a big bath, too.
my idea of perfect decluttering is to empty each room and then only put back things that are useful/i like. Unfortunately I am decluttering with the help of an 18 month old and a four year old, so the concepts of 'useful' and 'liked' are not quite as concrete!