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Unassisted Childbirth

My husband and I are due with our third baby Feb 12th and are preparing for an unassisted home birth. I am wondering if anyone has information, or personal experience they could share.

I had planned to use a midwife, but that didn’t work out. I am currently seeing an OB, however I have very fast L&Ds (My longest labour was 3 hours from 1st cx to baby).

My first birth experience was not exactly what we wanted, but over all things could have been worse. Our second was a beautiful experience, but also int he hospital, with the same OB I’m seeing now.

Our current concern is that if I go into labour at home, I will not make it to the hospital in time – and I don’t want to deliver on the side of the road. MY OB agrees that delivering at home unassisted would be better than the roadside : ) She also agrees that inducing isn’t a better option.

Obviously she’d prefer me to be at the hospital, but is on board for helping us, in what ever way she can, to have a safe UC. However, as of right now I don’t really know what we should do to prepare.

We don’t really have a plan (other than 911) for what to do if baby is compromised at birth. Both my husband and I know infant CPR, I have my NRP, but my husband doesn’t. We also don’t have things like O2 or bag & mask – we’d hope that there would be minimal wait time in the event we needed an ambulance, but sometimes there is a wait.

Also my husband is working until my due date so there is a possibility I’d be delivering on my own – he works roughly 30 min from home.

I’m not overly concerned about the safety, about the outcome. I actually feel very positive about it, however, I do know that sometimes things happen unexpectedly and want to be as best prepared as possible.

My OB is openly discussing this with us, however I think we both hit the same thought – if something happens, hope that the ambulance arrives quickly.

Any thoughts would be welcomed,





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