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10th-Jan-2014 02:55 am [home birth, legal issues, vbac]
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I posted previously about doing a home birth while being in the military. (http://pregnant.livejournal.com/17655864.html) At my appointment yesterday, the hubby and I asked the doctor what should we do after if we do deliver at home hypothetically speaking? We wanted to know how soon we should come in after the birth, where to go, will I be admitted, etc.

She starts off by saying she's opposed to home birth VBACs because of the risk of rupture even if the risk is extremely low (which it is in my case). Then she says we should come in right away to L&D to be admitted because she's heard stories of CPS becoming involved after home births. She couldn't give us any more details on those situations not because she couldn't, she didn't know any.

Now I like this doctor and believe she was coming from a genuine place. Still the hubby and I were like, why mention it when it doesn't seem plausible that CPS would become involved just because of a home birth? We had planned to come in w/n 24 hours after everything goes smoothly (positive thinking). Now I'm thinking w/n 2-4. I want to get the placenta delivered, get cleaned up, start breastfeeding, and relax for a minute.

No matter what happens, CPS better not try to take my baby or be involved in our lives in any way shape or form over a home birth. There's no medical reason for me not to have a VBAC at home.
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10th-Jan-2014 04:34 pm (UTC)

That sounded crazy to me but I Googled it and apparently it has happened in several cases. I would do some research on your state laws/rights and also on your hospital's policies because it seems like they are the ones CPS when it happens.

10th-Jan-2014 06:46 pm (UTC)

I know of one case personally but that is it. It can happen but it is unlikely. I would recommend not coming to your ob at all right after the birth unless you have issues for yourself. Just take the baby for a newborn  screening at the pediatrician.

10th-Jan-2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
"I would recommend not coming to your ob at all right after the birth unless you have issues for yourself. Just take the baby for a newborn screening at the pediatrician"

This. Schedule a 6 week PP for yourself, but wait til later
11th-Jan-2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Yup. This.

There really shouldn't be a reason for you to go in right away if all goes well. The midwife should do at least one PP visit within the first 24-36 hours, and some do another follow-up the next week, and a 6wk PP visit also. So all you really need to set up is the newborn appointment with the ped.
11th-Jan-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
What state are you in? I had a home birth almost 5 years ago in North Carolina and we were both admitted to the hospital for just under 24 hrs but it may have been due to going to the military hospital. We were hesitant because we had two children at home and if my husband wasn't there (he was supposed to be in training out of state) and were told unless we had notarized temporary care for my other girls the state would take custody if I was admitted to the hospital.

I would research state laws and if you live on post question that as well.
11th-Jan-2014 09:35 am (UTC)
We're in OK and live off post. We have friends that will take care of our son if I'm admitted.
11th-Jan-2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
not gonna lie CPS involvement terrifies me. I either stay 100% under the table (no doctor visits at all when I'm home birthing) or I would fight to find a way to have my needs met in a hospital environment without "breaking" any of their rules (even if it means travelling 3 hours for the right hospital). having some outside source knowing my plans would freak me the heck out. I was following a case of a family that had a homebirth transfer of a breech.. I can't remember all the details, if the baby was born at home or the hospital, but the baby was taken for 4 months just because they attempted a home birth with a breech, even though she came out absolutely fine. I think VBAC is safer than breech, but do hospitals?
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