I would be considered as a very low risk pregnancy by most experts, based on age, weight, health etc and I have long had my heart set on giving birth at a natural birthing centre.
Recently I stopped taking antidepressents before trying to conceive, however I am finding it quite challenging and am considering going back onto a very low dose. I understand the risks associated with this and it is not a decision I am making lightly, but I have weighed up the pros and cons and feel it would be best for the baby as well as myself.
I understand that midwife led birth centres (e.g. Mercy, Monash) do not accept women who are taking any medication (including antidepressants at a very low dose) and so my dilemma is:
* Should I avoid taking antidepressants (even though I feel I really might need them) so that when I become pregnant, I can go to a natural birth centre?
* Should I take antidepressants and not mention this to the birth centres (and potentially wean off in the 3rd trimester)?
* Should I take antidepressants and go down the conventional hospital route? This is definitely not the road I want to go down.
What are the risks of taking antidepressants and not telling the birth centres? I understand this suggestion will be frowned upon, but I want to understand if there is an actual real risk to myself or the baby if I take this option.