The Home Birth of Anna Joy: FAQs

When people find out that Anna Joy was born at home, they usually respond in amazement … followed by the same questions.  I thought that it might be a good idea to list some of these in this post.

Did the both of you plan to birth at home?
No, we didn’t.  We did, however, prepare ourselves in case we had to.  See Serene’s post “Diary of Baby #7: My Homebirthing Journey” for a better understanding.

Did Serene wait too long before leaving for the hospital?
No.  The contractions remains 5mins apart unlike previous births where they got closer and more intense.

Did you prepare the gynae and the hospital?
No.

Was there a midwife present?
No.

Who delivered the baby?
Serene delivered the baby.  I caught the baby.

How did you know what to do?
I didn’t.  But I’ve witnessed 6 births before and seen the gynae in action.  Anyway, when it’s just you in the room and your wife is pushing, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

Did you panic?
No, although there was a slight moment of concern when baby’s head took a while to come out.

Did you cut the umbilical cord?
No.  The placenta was birthed soon after.  Baby was carried into hospital with umbilical cord and placenta attached.

Did Serene go to the hospital in an ambulance?
No.  We went in our own car.  I dropped her off, went to park, then joined her later.

Did you save on hospital fees?
No.  In fact, we ended up paying more a la carte since the Package Rate did not apply to us.

Did the gynae charge you?
We don’t know … yet.  Still waiting for his bill, if any.

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