Why home birth? This is a good question. Here in the United States home birth is done an average of 2% of the time. Almost 90% of home birth are planned. Giving birth outside of a hospital has become more common in the U.S. recently. This option usually involves the participation of trained midwives in a low risk, healthy pregnancies.
Could home birth be for me? There are qualifications for home birth.
You are having a healthy, low risk pregnancy
You want to avoid an episiotomy, cesarean section, epidural and other similar interventions.
You want to share the experience with family.
You want to be free to move around, change positions, take a shower, and eat or drink freely during labor.
You want to enjoy the comforts of your home and familiar surroundings.
The Midwife will bring the following with them the day of deliver:
Oxygen for the mother or baby if needed.
IV’s for mom if she becomes dehydrated or needs additional nutrients.
Sterile gloves, gauze pads, cotton hat for the baby, drop cloths, waterproof covers for the bed, a thermometer, sitz baths for after the birth.
Fetoscopes and stethoscopes
Medications to slow or stop hemorrhage
Special herbal preparations, homeopathic remedies, massage supplies.
Items for suturing perineum tears.
Everything for a thorough cleanup after all is said and done.
Situations where Home Birth is not possible:
High blood pressure
Preterm Labor before 37 weeks gestation