Warning Signs In Labor
If you have any of these symptoms, it is a sign that you may need to seek medical help:
1. You don’t feel the baby moving, or he is moving much less, or you can’t hear him on the doppler.
2. Your waters have broken and they are a green or brown color. This means the baby has had a bowel movement inside you and is a sign that he is in distress.
3. Your waters have broken but your contractions have stopped for a long time and not re-started.
4. You suffer unexplained pain inbetween contractions (particularly if you’ve had a caesarean in the past).
5. You think you have lost an excessive amount of blood, you feel faint, feverish, have a low blood pressure, or are vomiting a lot.
Vomiting in transition is NORMAL because the baby presses on the stomach, but if you keep being sick all through the labor, you might have an infection or virus.
6. If you have been pushing and appear to be stuck at the same stage in labour and want assistance.
You can also change your mind about unassisted home birth, or indeed home birth, and decide to go to hospital if you want, at any time in the labor, for instance, if you feel you are not coping with the pain and want pain relievers.
Higher Risk Groups
There are some groups of women who are at higher risk of labour complications who should research thoroughly before deciding whether or not to give birth unassisted, these are:
1. Women who have had a caesarean in the past. This is because the scar can rupture during labor and cause internal bleeding. However, this can also happen during pregnancy as the baby grows and puts pressure on the scar tissue, so the risk is from the onset of pregnancy and not just in labor.
I have known ladies who’ve had caesareans and then had unassisted home births safely, and in particular one lady with 8 children who had the first by caesarean after inappropriate hospital interventions. She then had her second child with a midwife at home, the third child with a doula at home and all the other 5 by unassisted home birth. So it CAN be done but I would advise EXTENSIVE reading to anyone considering it so you are aware of what to do in an emergency.
Personally, if I had had a caesarean, I would be very happy to have a home birth but I would probably hire an independent midwife. (Most NHS midwives aren’t experienced at assisting with vaginal home birth after caesarean because of the policy of asking women to labour in hospital after a previous caesarean).
2. If you have a low-lying placenta, there is a risk of it detaching first and the cord coming down before the baby, cutting off the baby’s air supply (cord pro-lapse). You can also bleed heavily with this condition. I would still have a home birth if I had this, but I would choose a midwife. If there are any mums out there who had low lying placenta and had an unassisted home birth, I would be happy to include your tips on this page.
I myself have had a successful unassisted home birth and a successful assisted home birth despite the NHS saying I was ‘high risk’ (because I have cerebral palsy, I have had several children and I was ‘underweight’ – I actually wasn’t under weight for me. I weigh 7 stone when not pregnant and wear size 8 women’s clothes and ‘petite’ jeans and when 3 months pregnant last time I weighed 7 and a half stone which was great because it meant I’d put on half a stone in 3 months – but I didn’t fit in with NHS protocol about what is normal).
So if you are in a higher risk group, don’t worry, you can still have a home birth, you might just need to do a bit more reading and be prepared to be strong against medical staff who may not agree with you.
Read more of this article ” Home Birth And Your Legal Rights. How To Have A Natural Birth” at vaccineriskawareness.com