as my last GTT appears to have come back normal (haven had a call from the hospital to say otherwise, appointment is on monday), i really would love a homebirth. i labour pretty quick, and have had no complications aside from GTT in last pregnancy which meant that dd3 spent some time in scbu.
all babies have been healthy and good agpars. with dd1 was home the following day as had her at night, and with dd2 was home within 6hours.
would love to hear from people in the herts area who have had a homebirth. i really dont want to go to hospital this time, have spent far too long in them, and always just want to get home and go to my own bed and rest properly.
Go for it Misdee!!! I just called my midwife yesterday to tell her I want a homebirth and am 31 weeks. I do think she is going to try and fob me off when I see her next and use ds2's condition against me, but it won't wash. If I have learned 1 thing from having ds2, it's how to stand my ground, lol!
As Mary Cronk would say, "Allow is not a word to use to a mentally competent adult."
There may be circumstances where you would be foolhardy or very illadvised to do so and there may be circumstances where it would be against your hospital's protocol to do so. That doesn't mean you can't have a homebirth - at the end of the day it is your choice where you plan to birth your baby and your MWs have a duty of care to support you in that choice.
Sorry - I'm honestly not a militant pro-homebirther. I just think women should be encouraged to make their own decisions about something that can have such a profound impact on their mental and physical health.
btw, if anyone needs support on getting a homebirth the homebirthUK mailgroup has a lot of ladies subscribed that have, collectively, seen just about every "reason" for denying or resisting a homebirth under the sun. Some are a LOT less valid than others. Worth knowing about, especially if you're anticipating problems.