Why You Should Consider a Homebirth
Author: Tracy Everhart
Too many times in life, things are very cut and dry, and there little or no options. That should not be the case with childbirth. All women should be able to research different childbirth methods and discuss the options with their health care provider to make an informed decision based on their own medical history and preferences. One of those options may be a homebirth. This article is designed to provide basic, honest information related to homebirth, so that you and your partner can make the choices that are right for you.
There are times when a hospital birth is necessitated by the health of the mother and/or fetus. In these cases, it is usually necessary for the mother and baby to be under close observation by a licensed physician, with the potential to perform surgery if needed, due to various reasons that may have appeared over the course of her pregnancy. However, homebirths used to be the only option available; and even with the technological advances supporting hospital births, more and more women are choosing to give birth in their own homes.
These women come from all walks of life, including varying income levels, education, geographic locations, and races. But why is this case? Each couple may have individual reasons; most plan homebirths because they believe that, the majority of the time, pregnancy and childbirth are normal functions of a healthy body. Many feel that this event is not a potential life or death situation and can be managed by a nurse midwife, without the supervision of a physician.
So, what are some of the reasons to have a homebirth?
- Study after study has shown that the risks of infant mortality are no higher for a homebirth than they are for a hospital delivery. In fact, recent data suggests that it may be a safer and healthier place for both mom and baby.
- You don’t have to leave home. This is very convenient and somewhat pampering. No driving or packing, and everyone will come to you!
- Other people can take part in the event. If you have older children or family members that you wish to have present, you are not limited to numbers or ages, as you would in a traditional hospital setting.
- There are fewer interventions. You have a better chance of avoiding induction, artificial breaking of your water, IV fluids, medications, and C-sections.
- Less chance of infection. You are used to whatever is in your own home environment; and because you can sterilize any equipment used to help with the birth, everything else in your home should be just fine. At the hospital, you have an increased risk of hospital acquired infections.
- Less stress. You are familiar with your surroundings, the people present, and you aren’t limited by “hospital rules.” You are able to eat, drink, or sleep when you want to, and there aren’t unwanted interruptions by hospital staff.
- Options, Options, Options. You and your nurse midwife determine what works best for you, and when. You have the advantage to pick different labor positions and birthing positions. This also allows for more involvement and intimacy with your partner.
The idea of a homebirth is not for everyone and sometimes there are high-risk pregnancies or situations that may require you to have a hospital birth. However, there are definitely many advantages to staying home.