Ten Reasons to Plan a Home Birth / by Leslie

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In September 2008 I gave birth to my second son, in my living room, in a tub of warm water. It was incredible and in the hours and days that followed I was relaxed and comfortable, tucked into my own bed at home with my family, enjoying our new baby.

Home birth is a very safe and feasible option for women having a normal, complication free pregnancy and more families are choosing a home birth as hospital births frequently include interventions that can lead to a c-section. Here are the top ten reasons why a home birth may be right for you:

  1. You have a greater chance of avoiding unnecessary medical interventions. A home birth trusts the birth process and lets things happen naturally and in their own time. No one will be watching the clock to tell you things are going too slowly and that you need medication to speed things up.

  2. You will be able to have a dedicated midwife for your prenatal care and during your labor. In my area, there was one midwife who birthed in a hospital and she was part of a practice that rotated providers, so you weren’t guaranteed that she would be at every appointment or be able to attend your birth.

  3. You will be able to have a water birth. A water birth can reduce trauma to the mother and the baby dramatically, providing a warm, buoyant environment for both. When I had my first son in the hospital I requested the birth tub room in my birth plan, but I was not guaranteed to get it, since there was only one.

  4. Older children can attend the birth and share in the moment of greeting their new sibling. Often times the older child is left out and this can add to the stress that a new sibling can bring, but a home birth allows them to participate however they feel comfortable. My older son ignored us for most of the labor, but came over right before his sibling was born and was there with us when we first said hello.

  5. You can create an environment that you are relaxed and comfortable in. Nothing is more comfortable than your own home and for labor you can dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat and make it even cozier.

  6. You will be able to rest comfortably in your own bed immediately after the birth. This was wonderful, to be in my own bed, and right next to me were my husband and older son, also sleeping comfortably with us.

  7. It is easier to have a medication free birth. If you have decided that you don’t want an epidural, being at home is the best way to ensure that no one is offering it to you over and over again.  Also being at home, relaxed and comfortable, and in a birth tub, will make your labor much less painful, you won’t need an epidural as much as you might have if you were in a hospital.

  8. You can avoid being in labor in a car. There is nothing more agonizing than being in a car when you are in labor. It’s stressful and uncomfortable and in my case, during my first labor, it effectively stalled labor and increased the pain so dramatically that I was unable to get back to a place of calm and control once we got to the hospital.

  9. You will have the freedom to go outside for a walk, eat or drink anything you want, wear any clothes that are comfortable. You are entirely in control. And while we can’t control our labor, we can control our environment and what surrounds us when at home so that our labor can proceed in a calm, relaxed and trusting way.

  10. Breastfeeding will be able to get off to a great start since the baby will be with you and not taken to the nursery for some reason. Feeling relaxed and empowered by a natural birth will help your milk to come in faster and being medication free will ensure that you and the baby are as alert and aware as possible.

Home birth can be powerful and empowering. You can have complete control over your environment and how you choose to cope with labor. It is more gentle and relaxing. It is positive and supportive. It is freeing and utterly natural. With an experienced midwife, trust in the birth process and education about labor and natural pain relief methods, home birth can be as safe as a hospital birth and is the right choice for many women and families.


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