Home birth at 45

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, March 01, 2011 | 0 comments

I assisted a woman this summer that was 45 years old, g6p4 ages 24, 13, 9, 6yo. 1st forceps breech, 2nd C/s for active HSV, 3rd induced ybac, 4th pregnancy ended in miscarriage, 5th pregnancy -ybac at home (got tired of docs and hospitals looking for problems) 6th pregnancy ended in miscarriage, 7th pregnancy- 6 months after miscarriage.

Very supportive and same husband with last 3 children . Excellent diet. Living 40 miles from the closest hospital. She had her 1st 2 visits at the local clinic with FP docs, who strongly recommended hosp birth due to age and distance to hosp and refused referral for HB.

She and her family were well aware of her risk factors, they also were aware of the risks of going to the hospital for routine birth with her "risk" factors. She used a lot of herbs throughout, chiro care for her back, she was in a lot a back pain at the end.

She was totally receptive to transferring to hospital/docs at the earliest signs of problems. She gained the most she had of all pregnancies, and felt her years at the end of pregnancy. 9 hrs latent, 4 hrs active, 20 minutes pushing. 17min3rd followed by 450-500cc bldg. (I saw my partner inadvertently put a lot of tension on the cord right after birth which probably may have contributed.)

Mom and babe are great!


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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