(You can read my home birth story here).
Home birth isn’t for everyone, I’m aware of that. Women or their babies who have significant health problems are truly better off birthing in hospital. However, if you’re considered ‘low risk’, you may be safer off giving birth in the comfort of your own home.
“The first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labour”.
– Michael Rosenthal OB/GYN
I’ve experienced a hospital birth… It didn’t go how I’d planned and I wasn’t in control. I was very naive about birth I didn’t know as much as I do this time around.
Here’s a simple list I’ve compiled of 16 amazing reasons to choose home birth:
- You’re in control! At a home birth, the midwives know that the woman is very much in charge of her birthing. Whereas in a hospital, you’re a patient – there are protocols to meet and a certain way things are run. You are a number.
- You don’t have to go anywhere. Everything you need is right there.
- Eat and drink your own food as and when you wish during labour.
- Labour in any position you find comfortable.
- Labour in any room of the house you like. Labour on your bed. Labour in the bath. Labour in your garden. Take a walk to the woods and back.
- Your children can be a part of the birth. So can your pets – they’re family too.
- It’s just as safe if not safer than giving birth in hospital.
- Risk of caesarean birth is much lower.
- Unwanted medical interventions are simply not available.
- You can wear what you like; your own clothes or nothing at all, it’s your house.
- In the UK, you have one midwife that attends throughout your labour. She will call for a second midwife just before baby arrives. One midwife for mum, one for baby. You don’t share a care provider with several other women at the same time.
- Baby is not exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals used in hospitals.
- You’re in control of your environment. Open a window, dim the lights, turn on the fairy lights, light candles / incense, use aromatherapy, put on music.
- You have guaranteed use of a birth pool, should you wish to use one.
- Your home is always more comfortable than any hospital room and you get to climb into your own bed at the end of the day
- No one will mind if you co-sleep with your baby, and there’s room in bed for Dad too. (And the toddler and the dog).
Here’s an infographic with some facts. (Because everyone loves a good infographic).
As I mentioned before, home birth isn’t for everyone, but if you find it appeals to you, go for it! – it’s not as bizarre as it sounds. Women have always given birth this way. When you really think about it, it’s giving birth in a hospital that’s bizarre.
Have you had a home birth? Are you planning a home birth? Please do comment and share your reasons for choosing. I’d love to read them!