93 families chose to pursue homebirth with us - several had had hospital births with us previously, and one had even already had a homebirth with us!
Facts: 2 moms with membranes ruptured for 3 days - no infection.
-0% infection rate in our moms and babies.
-0% c/s rate for all moms except previous c/s (see below).
Fun fact: our smallest baby was 5 lbs 9 oz and our biggest baby was 10 lbs 8 oz.
22 first-time moms chose homebirth! Of these, one was transferred for exhaustion and pain relief; two had to be induced for medical reasons at Research where Kara managed their labors; and one was transferred to Research for prolonged 2nd stage and exhaustion. All were able to deliver vaginally.
Seven families were fortunate to already have experienced the beauty of homebirth.
There were 13 moms who successfully achieved a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC), of which 6 had already successfully delivered vaginally (one of these moms had even had two prior c/s), and 6 were successful first-timers. Of the 3 moms who underwent repeat c/s, one endured an abruption before labor; one had to be transferred to a hospital that did not allow VBAC (so was unable to get an epidural and pitocin); and one was allowed to receive an epidural but was not given pitocin. Thus, the successful VBAC rate for our practice is 81%.
The following are the reasons for transfers:
- pre-labor abruption
- 3 for prolonged 2nd stage (2 VBAC, 1 first-time mom)
- 2 exhaustion/ pain relief
- 2 first-time moms for medical induction
Thus, 5 transfers during labor for hospital delivery.
Normal pregnancy does not need more than 1-2 ultrasounds. Normal pregnancy does not need interventions. You do NOT need your cervix checked in the office or numerous times in labor. You do NOT need to be induced before 42 weeks. You do NOT need to be induced for a big baby. You do NOT have to be induced if your water breaks (clear, negative GBS). Any intervention can lead you down the path to a c/s, or just a traumatic experience. Educate yourself and know your rights.