40 responses to “Early Homebirth Video”

  1. Lisa

    thankyou Lisa B :)

  2. Murasaki

    Just perfect! and think of what they would have done to her and the baby at hospital. She sure wouldnt have been allowed to just hold him, even though he is FINE. He would have been torn away and probably even put in Special Care if the scans said he was 35weeks. She would have been forced onto a bed so they could access baby and pull the head out quickly – probably resulting in tears or episiotomy if she wasnt quick enough. I shudder to think what this PERFECT birth could have been in hospital.
    Congratulations Mama!!

  3. Sue McLean

    Beautiful, thanks Lisa!! but just a word to Murasaki, please dont judge what may have happened in hospital !!! Where I work there would be no intervention and no seperation of mother and baby unless there was need for resus (which would be unlikley at this gestation)
    Hospitals are changing and midwives who work in them respect women and babies and the sacredness of every birth!!! keep negativity out of this please!!

    1. Michelle Mc

      Wow Sue, you don’t work in regional Victoria do you? I know a midwife who runs a unit in my area by your name. This hospital doesn’t even have continuity of care with a midwife so it’s far from ‘changed’ to being respectful of women and babies (I hear complaint after complaint in my consumer role in the community – yes I hear some good stories too, but not the same ratios of good to bad as I hear with home birth). I do understand that not every hospital does separate mum’s and babies, but what happens in a home birth and at hospital are really worlds apart. Many of us have experienced both which is why we become so passionate about home birth (especially for women who fall into so called ‘high risk’ scenarios).

  4. Rose

    oh i have tears! you are an amazing woman S! perfect :)
    and that is the cleanest pool water i have ever seen!

  5. Bec

    I have tears also, amazing amazing amazing xxxx

  6. Hannah

    Got me teary watching it today, you are so incredibly beautiful woman. What a fantastic birth x

  7. Allison Croft

    that was just magical to watch, thank you for sharing. It certainly brought tears to my eyes. What an amazing woman being so calm for her child who was sharing in the joys of new life. And what clean bath water!!! lol, well done ladies, you are a true inspiration xXx

  8. Hannah

    Also, regarding the “these births happen in hospital too”, I’d like to see a hospital “allowing” a 35 ? week baby born in the water with that CTG on, which would be continuous due to gestation.

  9. suzanne

    absolutely beautiful, i have tears xo

  10. Emily

    Lovely! Lisa, do you know what the babe weighed? Did it require any extra care (drop feeding etc) or just demand feeds and skin to skin? x

  11. Rosalyn

    I’m getting ‘access denied’ for the video.

    I would love to see this. I hate the ACMs stance on restrictions of homebirth. I wonder if I would be in that category with a PPH that was perfectly managed at home with my baby in my arms.

  12. Kiersten

    What a perfect birth. How beautiful!

    Also – just wondering, are there anymore details about the rally? Who is organising it?

  13. Emma

    Wonderful to watch :) Sue, I had a baby in February 2011 and during my pregnancy I went to three hospitals and saw numerous midwives and doctors and nothing had changed since I had my first baby in 1997 or the last baby in 2007 except that the list of tests and procedures I was expected to submit to without question was a lot longer! I had one midwife try the usual scare the crap out of you manipulations – the language she used was emotive and she neither had nor offered to get for me evidence to back up what she was saying. I birthed my baby out of hospital. Interestingly, when I spoke to Lisa she knew all the statistics and studies off the top of her head.

  14. Julie Bell

    beautiful little black eyes, gazing up at mum – so awesome. Lovely vernix, too. I’m another one skeptical of such little intervention in hospital. I’ve seen too many full term babies whisked from their mothers and returned fully wrapped. Sorry.

  15. Gloria Lemay

    I just did a class on Prematurity and had to search and search for the reference from Marjorie Tew (Prof of Statistics at Glasgow Univ) about it being safer to be at home down to 32 w.g.a. so will share it with your readers:
    Midwifery
    Volume 7, Issue 2 , Pages 55-63, June 1991
    Safest birth attendants: recent Dutch evidence
    MA Marjorie Tew (Research Statistician), MD
    S.M.I. Damstra-Wijmenga
    Accepted 7 January 1991.

    Abstract
    Analysis of national perinatal statistics from Holland, 1986, demonstrates that for all births after 32 weeks’ gestation mortality is much lower under the non-interventionist care of midwives than under the interventionist management of obstetricians at all levels of predicted risk. This finding confirms with great authority the conclusions of all earlier impartial analyses from Britain and other countries which agree in contradicting the claims on which the organisation of maternity services in most developed countries is now based, namely, that childbirth is made so much safer by the application of high technology that only this option should be provided.
    http://www.midwiferyjournal.com/article/S0266-6138%2805%2980228-1/abstractref

    Thanks Lisa and the family for yet another great web resource that empowers women.

  16. Kiersten

    I am already coming! As if I would come to something you were organising – what a ridiculous suggestion :-)

  17. Sheridan

    oh wow, that was awesome. See how the baby got pinker and pinker. I have never really noticed that before even though I know it happens. In hospital the cord would have been hacked before this happened so the baby might have ‘needed some help’ with oxygen?

    Beautiful video, very straightforward just how it should be!

  18. Gloria Lemay

    another piece of the premature puzzle is that premature babies get severe anaemia in the first six months of life. New research shows that leaving the cord alone for 3 mins. makes a huge difference. . . where they got the idea that 3 mins is the golden number, I don’t know. One premature baby that I attended pulsed his cord for 30 full minutes. . . he didn’t have any anemia. These babies have “unique” colostrum from their mother’s breast to help with being premature.

    Nature has put a lot of things in place to protect the premature infant. Having said that, I worry that, in reaction, people will think that if you just “do nothing” everything will work out. Having an experienced, skilled person on your team with a preemie can make a huge difference, if they are calm and collected. The baby will almost certainly get jaundiced and very sleepy and can die if not receiving lots of colostrum. I think it takes a team to keep a preemie going (well rested, well fed, smart adults who can commit themselves to the service of the baby until br. feeding is well established). If you’re not going to do an intensive care nursery, you’ve got to have a plan for finger feeding, dropper feeding, cup feeding, pumping the colostrum, feeding/resting/assisting the mother. . . it requires skill and planning.

    1. Danielle

      They probably used “3 minutes” to have consistency with the research… as long as it is pulsating… leave it going!

  19. Lilia

    Why is the baby so blue?

  20. Christa

    I’d like to attend but I can’t find the ‘like’ button! lol :)

  21. Lana

    my overdue baby who was perfectly fine was born in a hospital, They completely ignored my birth-plan which was given to them and once he was out he was whisked away and i was put in the shower and didn’t even know if he was a boy or a girl let alone see him for over an hour and all I wanted was my baby.. when they finally had me showered and dressed they placed him in my arms not just wrapped but also washed and fully clothed. it caused a lot of problems for me with bonding he didn’t feel like mine and any animal would have abandoned an over-handled young.. it was sort of like that Such a Big Head Problem to be feeling that way and it caused months of mental aguish.
    we are now three months pregnant with our second baby and as I am so traumatized by the hospital experience I am having an “unassisted” birth this time with an unregistered midwife in the comfort of our home. my husband will be catching him or her and the mid will only be there in case we need help.

  22. Amanda Akin

    Was curious what precautions you take with home births for premature babies regarding lung development. I know that is the major issue that seems to be voiced in the US regarding births before 37 weeks.

  23. penelope summons

    great video….will be there with bells on mate….will be nice to meet up with you and like minded women…..have a good feeling about this rally….xxxxx

  24. Gina

    That was so amazing! I’m having my third baby, but first home/water birth in about 18 weeks. I hope my experience is just as beautiful!!

  25. Genie

    I have been a doula for 2 women who birthed 35 weekers in hospital and both where taken to special care nurseries where they were fed formula through nasogastric tubes.
    Their blood sugars did drop, but colostrum would have sufficed.
    They did get to spend 15 minutes with Mum before being taken away though *sigh*
    I am currently 28 weeks pregnant and if I were to go into prem labour even now, I would birth at home before transferring. After 34 weeks I doubt I would even transfer.

  26. Kara

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience :)
    My 5 year old son was born at 35.5 weeks. I had planned on birthing in the birthing centre at one of the hospitals here in Adelaide, but they would not let me do it, after I started “leaking” and then my waters broke. I signed a waiver and went home to continue labour, and when the contractions got severe, I went to a Hills hospital, thinking that they would let me birth there. They didn’t as I was to early, and sent me down to the city in an ambulance where I wasn’t even checked for dilation at any point, made to lay flat on a bed so that he could be monitored via a hook in his head, I couldn’t even squat down (this all came 24hrs after doing a homebirthing course, so I knew how bad laying on your back was)..

    As soon as he was born he was put on my chest for less than a minute, then taken away for tests and he had to stay in the care unit after that for 24hrs, during that time they fed him formula without asking me, and gave me limited time with him to breast feed. It was a horrible experience, and I have been worried about going early this time around too (due to having a two-horned bi-cornuate uterus. But now I am SO SO relieved that I will be allowed to home birth if this baby comes at 35 weeks also.

    Oh and good on you Genie, I feel the same way that I would just do it at home from now (I am 29 weeks), but I have also been concerned that maybe I would be selfish if I did that (I guess that comes from conditioning around me over the years!)

  27. Genie

    Kara your post had me in tears *hugs*
    I guess at 29 weeks, oxygen support would be needed during birth, so a transfer would be needed. You also need to consider a baby born so prem would not have been thriving in utero and would most likely have other problems.
    At 35 weeks, I am just now feeling confident that my baby won’t need much intervention if any at all, however, boys seem to be more problematic than girls and I’m having a boy. I would probably have to transfer after the birth.
    I am having 5 minutely contractions now and waiting for my midwife to reply to my text asking if she would attend this early on.
    Lisa is too far from me LOL

  28. Rose

    How did you go genie?

  29. Rhoda

    I cried, so beautiful.