All Posts Tagged ‘home-birth’

  • Home Birth vs. Hospital Birth

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


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  • A Controversial Analysis of The Safety of Home Birth

    Friday, July 30th, 2010

    An interesting and controversial new report was published in the New York Times last week. It’s premise is that although a planned homebirth can be a rewarding experience for mom, it is not without some documentable risks.

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  • When Things Don’t Go As Planned: Preeclampsia

    Monday, October 5th, 2009

    As I continue the discussion on home-birth I’d like to share with you my experience with Alexander’s birth. It is an excellent example of how unexpectedly things can change.

    I was really healthy during my pregnancy. A week before my December 24th due date, my water bag broke in the Christmas card aisle of our local drugstore (that’s another story) and within a few hours I was in booming labor. However, when I arrived at the hospital, my blood pressure was extremely high, 180/120. My normal blood pressure is about 90/60. I had noticed my feet were pretty puffy but did not realize that I had gained 9 pounds (in fluid) since the previous day. Shockingly and randomly, I had preeclampsia and was developing something called HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzyme levels, and a low platelet count) syndrome, the most severe complication of preeclampsia.

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