I am not pregnant yet but have two teenagers. Both my experiences in the hospital were not pleasant and I began to think that maybe having any future children at my home. And I live in Omaha,NE and would like to know is it illegal to have a baby at home? And if not where could I find a suitable midwife to deliver my future child at home? If this isnt a option for me here in Omaha then what states allow home births? 4 years ago
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June 4th 2008! I had a baby girl we named Jamee. I had a midwife and she was awesome at her job. She stayed calm, helped me to stay calm, relaxed and to enjoy this AMAZING experience, and I did!!! I went without an epidural or IV until I had to get pitocin of course to speed things up. IT was a hospital. I dont regret any moment of my birth experience. It so beautiful and magical words could’t begin to describe it. The hospital nurses kept wanting to give me morphine to help me sleep and it also would help me to stop throwing up, but I know how morphine slows progress and that stuff. Besides I can roll over go to sleep, I did so for an hour thats it. The nurses kept saying oh youre gonna be so… exhausted and blah blah. See, I wasn’t. I had all kinds of support from my husband and his side of the family not to mention the midwife. I was so… euphoric and happy to see my baby, show her off, learn to breastfeed. I didn’t care! I don’t think I slept for 4 days! I believe everyone has a choice as to what provider they choose. Be it midwife or OB but women should know what they’re missing out on!!! I know birth is painful but in my mind the day or two of labor is nothing compared to the lifetime of watching a part of you and your husband grow, learn, love, smile, and for me to look at and say wow I brought this amazing person in the world. Im pregnant and ready to do it again! :) Point is midwifery is a wonderful choice to those who ponder it! 5 years ago
I’m all for less government control. A natural homebirth with a midwife is SAFE! Safe and even more healthy for the mother and the baby than being forced to go through all of the hospital’s unnecessary and hindering procedures.
Only in America are we expected to feed on the fear of the medical industry and to give in and do whatever they say. Midwives are the experts of normal births, not doctors. Doctors are the experts of ABnormal births. Let’s keep a right perspective. 5 years ago
I am now pregnant with our second child and have just recently moved up from Texas where we had our first at home. It was a wonderful experience and I will NEVER have a hospital birth. I know hundreds of horrible stories and facts that would make that decision absolutely foolish on my part. Therefore, we are going to have to drive into Iowa to have this baby in my parent’s home.
The fact that we have to do this is utterly ridiculous! For SO many good, solid reasons this is absurd and preventing home births is insane. I want to know how to change the stupid law in Nebraska that would prevent educated families from making the sensible choice of having a home birth. 5 years ago
I use to live in Norfolk, NE and I am currently pregnant. I always wanted a homebirth, if atleast a birth center but was shocked to find that homebirths are illegal in this state…crazy! and that my CNM Gail Consoli has a birth center up but can’t open it unless a heads it or the state of NE approves it. She is very poular in that town and even so deserves to have it. I’d like to know where I can start, too. Petitions? Writing the legislature…? What? My last appointment I seen the birth center was for sale for 1.5 million and have been keeping tabs to see if it sells and now the ad has disappeared from Dover Realty’s website. Does anyone know if the birth center sold or if they took it off the market. It’d be a shame for it to be sold. We have to get her that birth center up and running, somehow, someway!
It’s a shame in school they say don’t let your talent go to waste but you have a special talent and you know how every one wants to find their calling but when one person has a special talent and belief and they follow their calling. The state is there to say, no it doesn’t make us money. It’s sad! 5 years ago
I have always dreamed of having a home birth, ever since I can remember. I am now 30 and ready to start a family, and I now learn that I can’t have a midwife at my side when I give birth! This is outrageous! What can we do? Sign petitions? write our legislator?
I am willing to help out please let me know if/when it is needed. 6 years ago
We’ve actually been pretty active on this lately. There’s an open house this weekend for a birth center in Norfolk that can’t open because the CNM can’t find a doctor to sign off on it. It’s silly that she should have to, of course, which is what we’d like to see changed.
I’ve also been working on updating the Nebraska Friends of Midwives website, and will try to keep up on that more. 6 years ago
One brave family shared their story with the Lincoln newspaper; I hope this might stir up some support for our side. That July 24 Board of Health meeting is going to be critical. 7 years ago
The state department of Health & Human Services will start holding meetings on this issue, and of course the more people who show up in support, the better. The first meeting is in Lincoln this Friday. If you can, please come.
Friday, February 10, 2006This isn’t a “public” meeting in the sense that the public won’t be allowed to speak, but it is open to the public, and we’d like to get a lot of people there. It’s great to think that homebirths could finally become legal here, but we do need to work for it. 8 years ago
1:30 – 3:30
Lower Level Confrence Room “C”
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I’m changing this from the general “promote homebirth” to a more specific goal. Direct-Entry Midwifery (a midwive attending a homebirth) is not legal here, and it should be. Whether you have any desire to give birth at home or not, at least we ought to allow people the choice. There is no evidence that homebirth is less safe than hospital birth, and in fact there is considerable evidence to the contrary (especially if you consider major abdominal surgery to be a “complication” rather than simply a “possibility”).
There are currently people working to legalize DEM in my state, and so I’m going to try to work on this goal with specificity. I’ll be posting more info here when things come up that offer an opportunity to join in or help. 8 years ago
We live in Nebraska, and it’s illegal here for midwives to attend homebirths. Which makes it almost impossible to do. We ended up having to drive to Wyoming to have our baby with a midwife (in a hotel). It was incredible, and we’d do it again in a heartbeat. But obviously we’d really rather see legal homebirths in NE. 8 years ago