Home Birth

Why home child birth is gaining favor

The move towards traditional, simplistic and holistic care is evident as far as labor and delivery is concerned. In fact, many moms have turned to homebirth as a more familiar and uncomplicated alternative to a hospital delivery, one that promises a more personal and convenient experience. In this day and age, medical understanding and childbirth methods are so advanced that it is more often possible to avoid clinical settings altogether if you're having a low-risk pregnancy, but home birth is not for everyone. Learn why home birth is gaining popularity, what it involves and what it doesn't allow for before you decide if this method will provide the childbirth experience that you have hoped for.


Reasons to Consider Home Child Birth

If you're having a healthy, low risk pregnancy, you're a good candidate for home birth. Since the entire labor and delivery process will take place in your home setting with the help of a midwife and without the help of specialized machines, your chances of a safe and successful home birth are much higher if no complications are present. In any case, your midwife will need to transfer your important information to a hospital in case a problem pops up and you need emergency medical assistance.

Since home birth is a low-tech method of delivering a baby, it is only for those who wish for a natural birth experience. This means no interventions like epidural, cesarean section or episiotomy, so you'll need to rely on your own mind, your support system and your doula to help you through the most intense phases. As home birth pictures will show you, you'll also have the aid of a tub or shower if you need it, the comfort of your familiar surroundings and favorite things and as many family members and friends surrounding you as you would like.

The Safety of Midwifery Home Birth

As long as you're not dealing with a complication or have a history of preterm labor, home birth is quite safe. It may seem that without the monitors, the medical staff and the ordered clinical setting of a hospital you're bound to run into more problems during labor and delivery, but studies have shown that a home birth can be just as safe as a hospital birth when done properly by an experienced midwife. In fact, some risks go down with home birth.

Unnecessary medical interventions have been a rising concern among pregnancy experts, mainly because they can result in potentially dangerous surgery or other hasty emergency procedure that disrupt a perfectly healthy birth experience. In a home birth, the risk of unnecessary interventions is nil -- there are no monitors to constantly relay uncertain information, less chance of a painful episiotomy and certainly no emergency c sections unless the midwife deems a hospital transfer necessary for the health or life of mother and baby. On the other hand, transfers to hospitals do happen, and you'll need to be open to this possibility. In some cases, the transfer itself is the riskiest part of the labor and delivery.