Unassisted birth again?

Posted on 21. Aug, 2010 by pinky in Pinky

Not everyone knows but I had an unassisted birth with my 2nd child. Here is the birth story and an article I wrote for parent24.

So I have naturally been asked if I am going to do it again. The answer is no. I do not think that South Africa has an adequate backup system for me to consider this option. In the UK you phone 999 an ambulance arrives minutes later ( I lived in a well staffed area) the NHS hospitals have to admit you, you do not need a specific Dr at the hospital before they will see you. I was known to the system and had a file with the midwives so it would be an easy transfer if I was worried. Here it is not the same. State hospitals are understaffed and private work only with patients known to the Drs that work there, which I can understand.

So this left me to find a midwife that was willing to be really hands off. I found the perfect midwife that believes in undisturbed birth but sods law she is leaving CT for Durban at the end of February and I am due in mid March. Although Caleb was 2 weeks before due date, it can’t be guaranteed

So the hunt was on again. I found a lady in Muizenberg who worked at Mowbray Active birth unit and backed up at hospital in Pinelands and she was willing to do home births in Northern Suburbs but I was not totally thrilled with the long distance to the backup hospitals.

When we made the offer on the house in Dynefontein/Melkbosstrand I looked to see if there were midwives in the area and there is one. She also covers Northern Subs and has backup Drs in both areas for close transfer if needed. I am going to meet her in Monday and really hope she is open to being very hands off. Slowly but surely everything is falling into place for home birth 3. Now I need to do is: make sure that pinkbun is only one or convince them I can home birth twins, find a birth pool hire in CT, move too our bigger house and twists The Geeks skeptical mind to come with me to Hypnobirthing classes.

7 Responses to “Unassisted birth again?”

  1. blackhuff 22 August 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    I agree with you that South Africa do not have the adequate backup system for an unassisted birth. The state hospitals just isn’t an option anymore.

  2. Katherine 23 August 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Hypno home births. My idea of heaven! Wouldn’t want to do it any other way!

    • pinky 23 August 2010 at 7:49 am #

      Hi Katherine, which technique did you do for Hypno birth? I am looking at doing the Mongan method HypnoBirthing course.
      I am convinced that birth does not have to be traumatic and painful

  3. cat@juggling act 23 August 2010 at 9:01 am #

    Good luck – I admire you. I think you will find it very hard to get a twin home birth, so I hope for you it’s just one. There are many more complications with lungs etc with twins, never mind that they often come early an need a NICU.

  4. Sharon 27 August 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Not that I know much (other than what I was taught) about birthing babies, I’ll be there for the moral support and to keep the midwife hands off. Just let me know when to book the flight and I’m there!


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