Hey all. I just have to vent a little. I had a homebirth in June with my 4th child. It was perfect. No problems. In fact, he was WAY healthier than any of my hospital, pit-induced, epidural babies that came before. Apgars were good...no problems. Well, last week, we experienced an ALTE (apparent life threatening episode) with him. His breathing slowed (or stopped) such that he became gray and had purple eyelids. He was extremely difficult to rouse so we spent a night at a children's hospital with him for some heart tests, et al. It was frightening. It also put me in a position to defend the birth and my choices every 5 minutes, it seemed. One resident came in, "So, you had him in a planned home birth?" I said, "Yes, we did." "Okay. So, was there anything wrong with his birth other than that it was at home?" Ummmmm..... I just said no and stated his apgars, labor time, and that the intermittent auscultation was reassuring. It was like that the entire time. They asked me why I chose it...why I didn't give the vitamin K...why we elected to not do the Hep B or the eye goop...etc. I just kind of felt violated and treated like a rebel. I guess, if you think about it, that's what I am. I just never thought that I would be treated like a witch in Salem, because I made the best choice for me and my baby. I just instantly feel like everything that goes wrong with him for the rest of his life will be blamed on the home birth. He falls off his bike and breaks his leg? Its probably cuz he was born in a water birth! Duh. Anyone else experience this? Maybe its just my imagination. I don't know.