Women who want to experience the most natural childbirth as possible usually choose a home birth. Home births have become a more popular choice because we as a whole have learned so much about childbirth over the years. Most home births are performed in conjunction with a midwife. Midwives are specially trained individuals that are certified in prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum services. You can find out more about midwives by going HERE.
Home births are without a doubt more economical than a childbirth at a hospital. Home births cost approximately 55-65% less than a traditional in-hospital delivery.
Reasons you may want to have your childbirth at home:
- Your pregnancy is LOW RISK.
- You agree with the practices of a midwife.
- You prefer the more comfortable home setting which will include the presence of loved ones.
- You want to have more freedom. You want to move around, change positions, take a shower, or eat and drink more freely than in a hospital setting.
Reasons NOT to have your child birth at home:
- Your pregnancy is HIGH RISK.
- You are diabetic.
- You have chronic high blood pressure or toxemia/preeclampsia.
- You have had a previous preterm labor.
- You have had a previous C-section childbirth.
- Your home birth experience will be with midwife. Midwives are professionals that are qualified to care for you during your delivery. Midwives will bring a fetoscope, an IV, oxygen, and medications as well as any other medical necessities that are required during your delivery.
What if a hospital is needed?
Statistically speaking, most cases of home delivery never require a transfer to the hospital. Especially for mothers that have a previous childbirth.
A hospital transfer might be necessary if you experience any complications such as a extremely high blood pressure or a premature rupture of any membranes. If the baby is experiencing a problem or is under distress, it may also be necessary to be transferred to a hospital as quickly as possible.
For additional information about Home Births, please visit the American Pregnancy Association.