Can i push for Midwife Led Unit?(6 Posts)
cut out the middle man and go for a home birth !
what is your BMI?the cut off varies as regards high risk.. it is 35 where i am , but can be 30 in other places
the fact you have had a straighforward pregnancy and birth before is in your favour
very pleased for you
It's certainly possible to push for what you want, and having had a straightforward textbook birth first time around, there is an even greater probability of things being absolutely fine second time. My local unit certainly used to 'flex' on the rules anyway. eg I knew a woman who had a stillbirth with second baby (baby died in utero and she had to deliver at the big hospital) but she was allowed to have her next baby at the midwife led unit, because she fought hard for it and knew she would find it very traumatic to deliver at the same hospital as the stillbirth.
Being comfortable with your choice is a really important factor in having a positive birth and establishing bf. I agree with the OPs feelings about big hospitals. I had my first dc in a midwife led unit and it was a really positive experience, even though first labours are usually more painful and difficult. As I had a cs with dc2, I then wasnt allowed to deliver in the midwife unit with dc3. I went along with this ruling, because with a previous cs there is a very small risk of rupture with a VBAC, so I booked into the big hospital. I have to say it was like a conveyor belt though - I hated it, and I beleive normal straightforward births dont need to be over medicalised.
Your case is more straightforward than mine, and in your shoes I would definitely fight for the unit - you know you will be happier there. Also, even though the regulations may say one thing, the midwives themselves may well be very happy to have you. The midwives in my local unit fall over themselves to get as many women delivering there as possible. When I delivered there, they told me that most of the women passing through have delivered in the big hospital, and then transferred back to the unit for the postnatal bit, which is all very well, but it left a lot of the midwives feeling de-skilled. They said they sometimes felt as though they were running a lovely hotel for women and their newborns, rather than doing the job of assisting mothers giving birth, which is the specialist job they are trained to do.
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