The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
Well, I'll try to keep this half way short. I have posted thousands of
lines on my opinion, and our experiences. My wife is quite heavy. We had
our second child at home 2 months ago. Our first, in the hospital was a
bad experience. Is this your first child?
I'm new to this whole thing, as I just subscribed last week. I just found out I'm pg. I'm running the whole spectrum of emotions. We were aiming for next spring, as I have some weight that NEEDED to come off first, but there's no waiting now!I would not worry about it PERIOD. As long as in all honesty you are in good health. "Fat" does not mean you are any more unhealthy than skinny means you are in good physical condition. As to weight gain in pregnancy, the midwife we finally found, said so what. You are expected to gain weight, and a weight loss plan now is a bad idea. There is a lot of prejudice against overweight people. That DOES extend to a lot of midwives unfortunately. We ran in to it with several we interviewed.
My question is this: I need some input on the risks of a home birth for someone so overweight. I am about 65lbs. overweight.In my opinion, no more than anybody else. There are some issues, but they are not directly "Homebirth" related, the way I see it. I don't agree with all of these assertions, but they are the common ones...
I do think the national average is in the low 7# range, but I think a lot of that is due to interventions and delivering them early through various means. Our homebirthed son was 8# 6oz, and seemed to be a lot smaller than the first.
I was not able to find any risks associated with delivery itself, and
obesity, as long as you are in good health and physical condition. Labor
is a lot of work, and you will need to be up to that.
I had started about 6 weeks ago really getting down to business, eating right, exercising 4 x's a week, but now this.Don't worry about it. We were in the same situation, she needed to loose a lot more than 65#. She did not loose any weight, but she continued her water aerobics class every morning, she thinks that helped her a lot. Eat right and exercise but don't worry about the weight per se.
I have wanted all my life to have a home birth.There is absolutely no reason to give that up now. In fact, I think being overweight, and classified high risk makes a hospital birth even more risky. The more reasons they have to worry, the more prone they will be to interventions. With no signs of trouble and before she even went into labor, they were pushing for a C-section, the only reasons were her weight and the "Huge" 9# baby.
Frankly, I may continue with one even if I can't find a provider.I wouldn't do that, and you shouldn't need to either.
My husband is very supportive and I've attended/"coached" several friends.I think it is different when it is you, and not having proper support from someone with experience cuts the odds you will end up having a homebirth in the end, and does increase your risks, if there is a problem.
You should be able to find a good and supportive midwife.
I do want to know my risks though--providing I continue my exercising and eating right. I've scoured many books and most are either silent or very vague like, "If you are already overweight, this is not the time to diet." or "The obese women usually gain much more weight and have difficulty." Nothing concrete, ya know? So that's what I was wondering.If you are in good health, don't worry about it, find a midwife that will truly support you.
We haven't started looking for a care provider yet.Find one now, and don't be afraid to ask the hard questions and really get down to attitudes and details of care and concerns.
Please--there's gotta be someone who has been in my place or knows of someone who has.We were/are and you shouldn't worry much.
I do want the facts square on--for either side.Well, there are a few risk factors, BUT they are risks due to pregnancy, NOT homebirth.
If anyone has any real facts or statistics that show I'm wrong speak up.
You will need to feel good about your choices, you will need to search
for yourself in your situation to find out what your risks are. These ARE
life and death decisions, and YOU as a couple need to be confident in your
choices. Don't just base it on my opinion and experience.
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