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Just booked my home birth assessment visit with the MW - what questions should I ask?

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BotBotticelli Thu 18-Jun-15 16:45:32

MW coming round next week to "talk me through the pros and cons of a homebirth" - her words not mine! I have done a lot of research on the subject and have decided to give it a try with DS2 who is due in 5 weeks.

So not sure I need more running through the pros and cons but I guess they have to tick this box.

I had a normal vaginal birth with ds1 in hospital and figure if it goes similarly then I could do it at home - loved the gas and air!

What questions should I be asking the MW?

mooma3 Thu 18-Jun-15 17:01:51

be interested in this too as hoping for a home birth for number 3

Roseybee10 Thu 18-Jun-15 18:25:19

I would ask about

What instances would you be transferred in
What third stage do they suggest for home births (natural or assisted)
Are they happy with water births (if u want one)
What would happen if someone wasn't available from that team when you went into labour

Flisspaps Thu 18-Jun-15 18:31:17

What are the MW team's preferred biscuits (so you can get some in for them to munch while you're busy with the entonox grin)?

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Thu 18-Jun-15 21:35:09

Staffing levels for homebirth. Where does the second mw come from. What equipment do they deliver in advance. What do you need to provide?

BotBotticelli Fri 19-Jun-15 08:07:01

Ah yes thank you that's a good point about staffing levels - I guess some question along the lines of "how likely is it you'll be able to staff a homebirth? How often do wannabe homebirthera have to go to the MLU because there's not enough staff available? Would be a good question to start with! (Busy south London Trust, not sure how set up they are for this!)

Flisspaps Fri 19-Jun-15 15:04:49

If they do say there may be issues re staffing a homebirth due to MW numbers, AIMS have some very useful resources you can use.

formerlyofLadysmith Sun 21-Jun-15 22:02:24

which south London trust? KCH has a dedicated homebirth team.

Wigeon Sun 21-Jun-15 22:09:32

Definitely definitely ask about staffing. And then ask whether there are any particular days/times you won't be able to have a HB. I had a planned HB with full support of the MWs, was told (when I specifically asked) that there would be no staffing problems, but when I went into labour at a predictable 40 weeks, and rang for a midwife at 11am on a Saturday, I was told there was no one available to come out to me as there was a clinic, and it would have to shut if they came to me.

Since I was in v established labour, I felt I had no option to go to hospital. Still disappointed 4 years later, would have much preferred to be at home as I was the ideal candidate (2nd pregnancy, low risk, near enough a hospital if I needed to transfer, detached house so not concerned about the noise!!)

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