I had both my children at home with a midwife. My first birth was a very "textbook" labor, about 16 hours long. I labored in a birth tub and birthed on my bed. He weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches long and very healthy.
The birth of my second son was somewhat different. He was 9 lbs 12 oz and had shoulder dystocia (he was STUCK!). My midwife has "caught" nearly 500 babies and her skill was obvious. She knew how to change my position to help the baby out without the use of forceps, episiotomy or other interventions. She took good care of my body to ensure I didn't tear or have other trauma to my body.
After the birth of my second son, I hemmorhaged badly, losing about 8 cups of blood. My midwife (as all Oregon midwives) carries anti-hemmorhage medications. She administed two of them to me to curb the bleeding and ultimately I was fine. There was brief discussion as to whether I needed to be transported and it was clear that the midwife was able to control the situation.
My husband and I wouldn't hesitate to birth at home again!
Ultimately the most important thing is to preserve a birthing mother's right to choose where to birth and what the environment of birth should be! Forcing midwives into expensive licensure will ultimately limit the birth choices of women.
posted 4 years ago
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