What To Consider When Choosing A Home Birth

Home birth

Home Birth

Home birth has become a very popular birth option, and many women are choosing against hospitals in favor of experiencing their labor and delivery both naturally and at home. Relaxation is a big part of having a fast and less painful labor, and where is a woman more relaxed than in her own home? While home birth may be an excellent choice for some expectant mothers, there are some things to consider before opting out of going to a hospital, and into a home birth.

For women in good health who have experienced no previous or current pregnancy complications, a home birth may be a perfect option. Giving birth at home allows you optimal comfort, the best opportunity to relax, personal attention, and many freedoms not typically given when giving birth in a hospital. When you birth at home, you have the complete attention of your midwife or any other professional overseeing the birth, you are allowed as many visitors as you please, and you are not exposed to the interruptions or frustrations involved with hospital birth. It has also been shown that for healthy women a home birth is just as safe as a hospital birth, and many women who have experienced home birth appreciate the advantages that home births have to offer.

However, if your health is not in optimal condition, or you have experienced complications with your current or a previous pregnancy, the decision to have a home birth is not recommended and should be reconsidered for the health of you and your baby. Conditions such as previous caesarian sections, high blood pressure, diabetes, or a baby in breach position are all reasons to opt out of a home birth, and to choose a hospital birth instead. With home births, you are not as well prepared for complications or emergencies as you would be in a hospital, and should a problem occur you may be left in a very precarious situation.

If a home birth is the right decision for you, there are some things a woman should do to properly prepare for her birth. Unlike in a hospital, where all the necessary materials are provided for you, you may want to make a check list of different materials you will need to safely give birth at home. Also, with a home birth, you may want to seek out alternative pain management methods for labor, as the pain medications provided by a hospital will not be readily available to you. When prepared and in proper health, a home birth can be a beautiful and comforting experience for both mother and baby.

To help you with a home birth one of the greater tools that I have heard about lately is Laboraide. It actually helps you reduce the pain during labor. If you want to check it out then go to the Laboraide Shop.

Photo credit: Jason Lander / Foter / CC BY

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2 thoughts on “What To Consider When Choosing A Home Birth

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