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cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:33:40

Hello Homebirthers, unsure whether this will be benefical but after seeing due date clubs/threads thought I would put this up.

A place where you can just dive in to post comment, with any of your home birthing planning issues, difficulties or joys!

I'm planning one myself, albeit a natural thing to do there's not many that do....popularity is increasing though smile.

Just how many, if any at all are here as mumnetters?


lilydaisyrose Fri 27-May-16 13:34:42


I'm here. I have 2 wonderful hone water births in 2007 & 2009.

lilydaisyrose Fri 27-May-16 13:34:56


DontBuyANewMumCuntingDailyMail Fri 27-May-16 13:35:57

I had a home birth and hope to have another if/when we try again.
I loved every minute of it.

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:39:21

Hi both of you! wow that was quick smile So encouraging to here good news. I think we're well brave :D, it astounds when I hear mums have done this smile.
I really hope I get the chance

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:41:20

lilydaisyrose & DontBuyANewMumCuntingDailyMail - Did you have your first at home?

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:43:07

Oh lilydaisyrose - did they differ at all, where you 'better' with th esecond so to speak. Or will a first timer be as ok, if you get my drift?

essieestherson Fri 27-May-16 13:43:15

Hi ladies! I had a very successful home birth with my 2nd son a couple of years ago. Am planning another with my 3rd at the end of July... my first daughter! Hoping it all goes as smoothly as the first time! When are you due op?

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:45:55

Congrats brave. I can't believe I'm going for it, I'm due at end of June

essieestherson Fri 27-May-16 13:46:34

Wow very soon for you then!

sunnyoutside Fri 27-May-16 13:49:46

I have had 2 homebirths (dc 3 and 4) - one in water and one "dry" -- and 2 hospital births. (dc 1 & 2)
I wanted a homebirth for dc2 but due to complications (she had talipes) it wasn't recommended.
I genuinely enjoyed the experience. And I loved the Chinese and glass of champagne I devoured afterwards blush

sunnyoutside Fri 27-May-16 13:51:55

My first homebirth was in June, it was a really hot day but after the birth we still had to put the heating on and the fire to make sure baby kept warm. Wish I had thought to buy a fan or a shitload of ice to put my face in to help cool me down.

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:53:14

Yeah! starting to think about it pretty much all the time! Trying to keep open mind that may not be in correct position etc but no reason that it shouldn't, although does like to do the transverse side sleep sometimes (but head down for the last month). did you feel bit nervous? going against the grain with the homebirth, maybe I do cause this is my first

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 13:55:32

Wow sunnyoutside you're a pro. How was your 'dry' experience? that's what I'm going to try for.
HA! mines in June! "Wish I had thought to buy a fan or a shitload of ice to put my face in to help cool me down"

Heatherplant Fri 27-May-16 13:56:18

Had a home birth with baby number 2. Bought a protective mattress cover/blue waterproof camping sheet and a big pack of those absorbent mats they use in hospitals/nursing homes off amazon. Community midwives dropped off a 'home birth box' with paperwork etc and gas and air was also dropped off. The only stipulation was they would require a hard surface should cpr need to be administered, we had an old coffee table. Baby was born in 20 minutes, midwife didn't even get chance to take her coat off. All went to plan and we are both fine.

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 27-May-16 13:56:48

Is it ok if I jump on?
I'm pregnant with my second baby, due on 4th November and planning my first home birth smile

Mrspopper Fri 27-May-16 14:02:06

Hello I'm 38 nearly 39 weeks and am booked for a home birth. Have lots of old towels, old duvet, birth pool, birth ball, tens machine, snacks... Come on baby!!

SunnyScot89 Fri 27-May-16 14:03:11

Hi! We are hoping for a home water birth. Due 19th July with our first baby. Got our midwife visiting next week.

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 14:03:44

Heatherplant - what a story I love it, just brilliant, congrats to you. Yes I've seen those pads amazon too!

Defo MyBreadIsEggy so we r both planning for our first homebirth! Hi! congrats on bubs btw

sunnyoutside Fri 27-May-16 14:03:56

The "dry" experience (dc4) was fine, all went well, though if I am honest I preferred the water birth. Different circumstances though. MW arrived 10mins before he was born.
Best advice from me:

Buy cheap shower curtains.
Stay upright. Unless for medical reasons it never makes sense to me having a baby whilst laying down. Let gravity help you. It is a lot easier to do that in a double bed at home where mw and DP (if there is one) can get on the bed with you. Others might have different thoughts.

All the best to you! Oh and we love a live birth thread on MN wink


cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 14:07:25

There's more of us then I thought this is ace! Mrspopper you are even closer than me I'm end of June... you are ready now I should imagine! smile

Hi SunnyScot89 You and me both, my first. Had my visit last week, I thought 'right no turning back then' :D

MyBreadIsEggy Fri 27-May-16 14:07:42

sunny I laboured quickly with DC1, hence the home birth this time round - seeing as though you've done home water birth and dry birth, do you think it would be worth me hiring a birth pool?
DD arrived in 3 hrs from my first contraction, so I'm anticipating this one being quicker. Don't want to waste money on the pool and not have time to fill it and get the temperature right etc

sunnyoutside Fri 27-May-16 14:08:49

Ooh Mrs Popper Good Luck! You are due same time as my dc3 was. only thing you forgot off your list was takeaway menu for tea afterwards wink

Oh, and a sieve.

Best of luck to you though - aw it's got me all misty eyed thinking about my births.

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 14:11:47

sunnyoutside Ha yeah, live birth thread...yea "which ways south?" :D. Thanks flowers.
yep do yep thinking whether pool or not

cheekstime Fri 27-May-16 14:12:11

yep / keep

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