I am expecting our second child and would love to have another home-birth. However, my husband is a little leery of doing another home birth because I hemorrhaged during the home birth of our first child. We'd both like to learn more about WHY I hemorrhaged before he feels comfortable going ahead with another home birth. So here's my birth story in a nutshell and some questions for you all. Two days before giving birth to our son, I came down with a stomach flu. I could not keep anything down for 1-1/2 days--food or liquids. Then I was able to eat supper and drink some liquids and keep them down. Active labor started late that night. The next day (at 41 weeks, 4 days), our son was born, and as his head was crowning, blood started coming down over his head. After he was born, I lost about 1 liter/quart of blood before it could be stopped. Having lost so much blood caused me to go into shock and also caused me to get mentally confused, at which point I was transported to the hospital. Our question is "WHY did I hemorrhage?" We heard it could have been because of me being dehydrated from having the flu, and me being dehydrated somehow caused my placenta to prematurely partially detach--which is why I bled so much. Is this correct? Has this ever happened to anyone else? Could there have been a different cause why I bled? Is there a term for this? And is this something that is likely to happen with our next birth? Any ideas, info, help, answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!