A growing trend among expectant mothers is an interest in a more natural and comfortable approach to the birthing process. Hot topics in the world of pregnancy and delivery include natural births, the use of a Doula and home birthing, just to name a few. There are two sides to every story and the issue of home births are no exception.
Read on for one mother’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of a home delivery.
The Benefits of a Home Delivery
Interview any mother 24 hours after she has given birth, with the question “How are you?” and you may get an ear full. But of all the physical complaints and maladies, most mothers just want to go home. Hospitals can be intimidating places to a lot of women, especially after just delivering a baby. Hospital staff can be intrusive and pushy, doctors have the power to override your birth plan and it is nearly impossible to bond with your child with a nurse coming in to whisk the baby off for routine tests.
A home birth is an acceptable solution to many mothers who want a less intrusive, more intimate delivery option.
There are many misconceptions surrounding home births. Home births have come a long way since the days when women had no choice but to deliver at home. Women who wish to deliver at home need to seek the aid of a Midwife. The Midwife oversees the home birth, delivers the baby and is able to handle certain complications. A note of importance: You cannot plan a home delivery without a midwife or obstetrician present. This is called free birthing, and is illegal in the United States.
The next step in preparing yourself for a home birth is to obtain a home birth kit. Birth kits includes necessary tools, equipment and supplies for your home birth. If you are interested in a water birth, you can rent or purchase a birth pool from a medical supplier. A home birth can be an appropriate alternative to delivering in a hospital, while providing a private, comfortable and more intimate setting to welcome your baby into the world.
The Drawbacks of a Home Delivery
The opinion on home births is not all peaches and cream. The argument of many home birth and natural birth enthusiasts is that the female body should be allowed to do what God intended: deliver a baby without medical interference. This would be all well and good if things didn’t go astray during the delivery process, and things can certainly go awry quick.
But what about in the cases where an emergency Caesarian Section is required to save the mother and/or the baby’s life? In emergency situations where seconds count, a home birth can be a risky situation.
My Two Cents
As a mother myself, I have always opted to deliver in a hospital. Both of my deliveries were C-Sections. The first C-Section was an emergency, the second I opted for. Things go wrong, and when delivering a baby, nothing goes as planned.
While there is nothing wrong with a home birth, there are additional risks that should be weighed carefully. In my particular case, I can firmly say that if I were to have delivered either of my children at home, I most likely would not be here today.
If you are considering a home birth, be sure that you weigh the risks as well as the benefits.