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How soon to mention the type of birth i want?

(5 Posts)
LessThenIdeal Thu 11-Jun-09 20:25:12

I'm just over 9 weeks gone now and have a booking in appointment with midwife next week. Would it be reasonable for me to tell her that i want a homebirth then? I'm fully prepared to have to fight for this, as my first pregnancy was an emergency c-sec at 28 weeks, and my second was at full term and i was near enough bedbound as they put a monitor on babys head. I really do not want to go through that again and would dearly love a home water birth. The idea of being in hospital away from dc does not appeal in the slightest.

So, the sooner the better or leave it a while?

BakewellTarts Thu 11-Jun-09 20:27:29

I would tell them at the first appointment and keep on at them thereafter.

Good luck.

monkeyfeathers Fri 12-Jun-09 20:05:20

The midwife asked me if I was planning a homebirth at my booking in appointment. I'd imagine it's a standard question they ask so that they can plan your care effectively. I said no (as I don't want a homebirth), but I don't think there'd have been any problems at all if I'd said yes.

PootleTheFlump Fri 12-Jun-09 22:31:04

It was suggested to me at my booking appt as an option but didn't have to commit at that point. I would bring it up if they don't given that it is something you feel strongly about. Good luck!

Hawkmoth Sat 13-Jun-09 11:10:44

At my booking appointment:

MW: Hello.
Me: Hello.
MW: So, are you having this baby at home or in hospital?
Me: Er... Home.
MW: Ok.

I was pleasantly surprised.

Good luck, and congratulations.

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