had my booking-in appt today-said I was thinking of a home birth this time midwife said she wouldn't recommend it as I had a retained placenta last time and it was 'statistically likely' to happen again is this really true? would I be daft to still consider/push for a home birth this time?
am quite worried about having retained placenta again tbh-and when i said i would like to go for physiological third stage this time again she said she wouldn't recommend it because of increased risk of blood loss (I was anaemic last time and ended up having a couple of units of blood tranfused)
I had a retained placenta with DS3 (had ahomebirh after two hospital deliveries). The consultant I saw afterwards said that she would be happy for me to have a homebirth again is I was so inclined to have another baby but that I should make sure I have that injection (can't remember what it is) to deliver the placenta straightaway.
if you have a drug free home birth, then a physiological third stage is the natural progression, putting baby to the breast can help release the hormones that can release teh placenta. standing up if you have gievn birth in water or lying down can also help
if MWs get a bit funny, then see supervisor of midwives and contact AIMS
I had the injection first time and retained the placenta.
The midwives say that given that I was on an augmentation drip plus the injection for the placenta, there is absolutely no way of telling whether my body, left to its own devices, has the slightest likelihood of retaining the placenta. As far as they are concerned, this current pregnancy is a dry run as far as "does o&u retain placentas?" is concerned.
These are independent midwives, btw, so may be less tied into NHS procedures than community ones would be.
I haven't been in this situation but a friend of mine has. 1st time she was transferred to hosp. for the retained placenta after a successful HB, 2nd time she had another (unattended as so quick. MW 5 miins too late) HB. No retained placente. I would say go for it, especially if you are near a hospital so if it happens again you can transfer easily.