Most woman know right off the bat if a home birth suits their personality and lifestyle. If you are a nervous more high-strung woman the thought of a home birth would probably never enter your mind. Many expectant moms just want to bring their child into the world the best way possible. Does that mean a home birth, it still all depends on what is truly important for you.
I was honored to be part of my aunt’s home birth experience with her first child. She purchased a special birthing pool (which she did not get to use, the baby came to quick) and prepared herself to the maximum. That particular labor went fast and played out as she imagined in her mind.
With her second child it was a totally different story. Without going into too much detail, she ultimately had to be rushed to the hospital to have a C-section. My aunt and the baby are both fine and healthy but it got quite scary there for a while. The bottom line is you need to do what feels right in your heart. Just remember to get all the facts and be prepared for anything either way.
There are plenty of cons but there are also pros of a home birth.
Pros of Having a Home Birth
1. Freedom to have the environment the way you want. You can have music, candles, family, friends. You may be more relaxed because you are in familiar warm surroundings of your own home. You can even have the baby in a birthing pool or your tub, which is believed to transition the baby easier into the outside world.
2. You can have arrangements put in place at your local hospital, in case an emergency does arise. Sometimes having that safety net helps ease your mind.
3. This is a way to build a lifelong bond with you, your baby, your midwife and partner. If you decide to have a home birth the team of support around you becomes your lifeline. You will create a special moment in time with those who safely wrap there love and support around you.
4. You will be saving tons of money. You will not receive a bill for thousands of dollars. Most midwives don’t charge anywhere near as much as an obstetrician.
5. You have a lower risk of infection being at home than you do in the hospital. You would also have the freedom to walk from room to room, drink whatever you like or even eat.
Cons of Giving Birth at Home
1. No one knows how they will deal with the pain with each birth. Some go easier than others and if you are having a difficult time focusing because the pain is overwhelming that could make your experience a nightmare.
2. If an emergency situation does occur you are putting yourself and baby at risk. The travel time form your home to a hospital prevents you from getting immediate care.
3. Most Insurance policies don’t cover the expenses of a home birth.
4. You will miss out on a postpartum staff to help you. If you and your partner have other children or relatives don’t live nearby this could be quite stressful for you.
5. You will have to be aware that giving birth is messy and you will need need to take proper steps, purchasing plastic sheets, extra towels and cloths.
Take your time, you have nine months to make a decision.