Hjemmefødsel

God skøn og herlig morgen! Solen skinner, og jeg har nydt roen den sidste halvanden time, mens Lassefar og Valde sover videre.

I dag er en særlig dag, fordi jeg nu er 37 fulde uger henne i min graviditet. Barnet er nu færdigbagt, eller det er det ikke helt, men man siger at et barn født fra nu af vil betragtes som inden for termin. Det betyder også at jeg fra i dag af må føde hjemme (det må man fra uge 37+0 til 41+6, hvis man er sund og rask).

HURRA!

Hvorfor føde hjemme?

Da jeg for et par uger siden var til hjemmefødselscafé på Nordsjællands Hospital, indledte jordemoderen med at spørge: hvorfor vil I gerne føde hjemme?

Og hertil er mit umiddelbare svar: hvorfor ikke?

Jeg kan helt ærligt ikke se nogle gode grunde til ikke at gøre det – i mit tilfælde, altså. Omvendt vil jeg hellere spørge, hvorfor skulle jeg ind på et hospital? Det kan der være mange gode grunde til, men de opstår måske først når fødslen er gået igang, så lad os vente og se til den tid. En anden grund er, at jeg sidste gang planlagde en hjemmefødsel, men endte med at blive overflyttet. Det var selvfølgelig ærgerligt, men på samme tid også en god erfaring, for nu har jeg prøvet at være i fødsel i to forskellige miljøer; hjemme og på hospitalet, og derfor kan jeg bedre vurdere, hvad jeg synes bedst om.

Jeg kunne helt klart bedst lide atmosfæren derhjemme, og jeg synes også der var mere plads til at manden kunne være med. For derhjemme havde vi en stor seng, og han var mere på hjemmebane, men på fødestuen var der kun en lillebitte briks til mig, og manden blev bare smidt over i et hjørne. Dertil kommer at jeg virkelig ikke kan fordrage hospitaler, og nærmest føler mig syg i det øjeblik jeg træder ind ad døren. Oplevelsen med at være “lænket” til diverse ting (CTG og drop) gjorde ikke ligefrem oplevelsen bedre. Og bare tanken om, at der er langt kortere vej til diverse medicinske indgreb, skræmmer mig, for så er jeg bange for, at man hurtigere tyr til dem.

Netop fordi jeg blev overflyttet, og oplevede den ubehagelige køretur, er jeg denne gang endnu mere opsat på, at jeg gerne vil slippe for at skulle ud at køre. For det første ville det være besværligt, da vi ikke har egen bil. For det andet bliver man hurtigt sendt hjem som flergangsfødende, så vi ville skulle ud at køre uanset hvad. Og hvis det sker, så sker det, men jeg vil gerne undgå det, hvis jeg kan.

Forberedelse

Eftersom vi har prøvet at forberede os til en hjemmefødsel før, har vi taget det meget afslappet denne gang. I teorien behøver man ikke noget udstyr, som man ikke allerede har i hjemmet. Det vigtigste er et arbejdsbord til jordemoderen, lidt mad, et håndklæde til at pakke barnet ind i, og nogle gamle tekstiler, der gerne må blive beskidte. Samt et toilet, som jordemoderen kan benytte uforstyrret. Det grinte jeg lidt ad indvendigt, da vi fik det at vide til hjemmefødselscaféen, men det er faktisk sket, at en jordemoder ikke kunne få lov til at tisse (i fred) under en hel vagt, fordi badeværelset var spærret af fødekarret, og det er jo synd. Desuden skal man have mad til jordemoderen, hvilket jeg godt kan synes er lidt mærkeligt, altså de fleste mennesker kan godt finde ud af selv at tage en madpakke med på arbejde, men vi må finde på noget hurtigt og nemt, evt. noget vi kan have i fryseren.

Når det er sagt er der selvfølgelig også ting, som det er “nice to have”. En af dem er afdækning af møbler/seng. Sidste gang købte vi et stort vådliggerlagen i Jysk i metermål, som vi lagde på sengen, og efterfølgende klippede vi det op i mindre stykker, som kunne bruges i barnevogn, vugge og tremmeseng. Denne gang bruger vi bare noget afdækningsplast, vi har i kælderen fra et malerprojekt, til at afdække sofaen og tæppet i stuen. Der er så lidt plads i vores soveværelse, at jeg regner med fødslen skal foregå i stuen. Derudover har vi en hel sæk med gamle håndklæder fra sidste gang.

Andre ting der er nice to have: varmepude, saftevand, snacks, kamera – og en fødselshjælper. Din jordemoder spørger dig om hun må tage en studerende med, og det har vi valgt at takke ja til. Jeg var meget glad for det sidste gang, og faktisk var det den studerende der varetog stort set hele fødslen, mens den garvede jordemoder så til (og strikkede). Sidste gang havde jeg også en veninde med som hjælper, hvilket vi har fravalgt denne gang, da jeg synes det blev lidt for mange mennesker.

Hjemmefødselscafé

For to år siden var det normalt, at man fik besøg af sin jordemoder i hjemmet omkring uge 36, så man sammen kunne snakke om og planlægge hjemmefødslen, men det er (surprise!) sparet væk. I stedet har nogle hospitaler en hjemmefødselscafé (uden kaffe!!), som man skal deltage i for at få lov til at føde hjemme. Her mødes man med andre par, som alle er interesserede i hjemmefødsel (man behøver ikke have taget beslutningen på forhånd), og så er der en jordemoder, som giver nogle informationer. Men jeg oplevede det mere som om, hun opfordrede til debat, så hun fik faktisk ikke sagt ret meget. Det gjorde de angstfyldte førstegangsforældre og de selvsikre tredjegangsforældre derimod. En førstegangsfar ville gerne snakke om alle de skrækscenarier, han havde i sit hoved, og tredjegangsforældrene ville gerne give alle andre gode råd. Så jeg synes egentligt ikke jeg fik noget ud af det eller blev klogere overhovedet. Lidt brugbart fik man dog med hjem: hospitalets liste over ting, der er gode at have til fødslen, og en lækker pakke med forskellige ting til en hjemmefødsel (kan hentes oppe på fødegangen fra man er i uge 37, jeg gjorde det dog før, da jeg ikke sådan lige kommer forbi Hillerød). Med denne lækre pose har du alt, du skal bruge, og meget af det jordemoderen skal bruge, som de åbenbart ikke selv har med. I modsætning til Herlev Hospital, hvor man fik en flot blå stofpose, får man på Hillerød bare en gennemsigtig plastikpose, som man så kan spankulere gennem byen med, mens folk kigger på dine voksenbleer. Jeg er dog meget glad for posen, da jeg sidste gang selv skulle betale for Klyx i dyre domme.

Hjemmefødselspakken: 5 “voksenbleer”, 2 tykke bind, netunderbukser ,plastikhandsker, 5 sterile/sugende underlag, navleklemme, 2x klyx (lavement), 1 pakke skumklude, sort affaldssæk

Tro på det

Man skal være ret optimistisk for at føde hjemme. For mange spørger: hvad nu hvis der går noget galt? Er du ikke bange for at blive overflyttet igen? Nej, jeg er nødt til at tro og håbe det bedste. Selvom det da er lidt nervepirrende at hospitalet denne gang ligger 17 km fra vores hjem i stedet for 3 km sidste gang. Men jordemødrene reagerer på det mindste faresignal, og desuden føder de fleste jordemødre selv hjemme, så mon ikke man trygt kan slappe af. Vi vil i hvert fald gøre forsøget (igen).

37+0 og en tur på stranden

 

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