Could home birth be for me?
Home birth may be an option for you if:
- You are having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy (first births, VBAC, and many medical conditions fall within the category of low-risk)
- If you are not sure of your risk status, Ask the Midwife!
- You want a more private experience than the hospital allows.
- You want to share the experience with family and friends,
- 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
- You want to avoid an episiotomy, cesarean section, induction, epidural and other interventions
What is a home birth with Anissa like?
- You will call the midwife when you are in active labor and ready for her to come
- The midwife will keep a low profile for most of labor, checking on you and baby hourly and offering support as needed.
- She will be by your side continuously during pushing, monitoring you and baby as well as offering physical and emotional support.
- She will protect the “Golden Hour” after birth as special bonding time for you and baby.
- She will stay with you for at least two hours after the birth, to make sure you and the baby are stable and breastfeeding has been established.
- You may keep the placenta for encapsulation, burial, or discard it.
- There will be an assistant midwife and one or two students to help make your birth experience as safe, smooth, and supported as possible!
What is the difference between a home birth and a birth center birth?
There is very little difference! We will have all the same equipment at your home that we do at a birth center, including:
- Fetoscopes and ultrasonic stethoscopes
- Sterile gloves, gauze pads, cotton hat for the baby, drop cloths, waterproof covers for the bed, a thermometer, a pan for sitz baths after birth
- Special herbal preparations, natural remedies, massage supplies/techniques, and much more!
- Medications to slow or stop a hemorrhage
- IV for dehydration or needing additional fluids
- Suture kit if you tear
How often does transfer to the hospital occur?
Home Birth Benefits
Home birth may be significantly easier on your bank account. An average uncomplicated vaginal birth costs about 60% less in a home than in a hospital.
Home birth provides immediate bonding and breastfeeding. Early breastfeeding helps the mother stop bleeding, clears mucus from the baby’s nose and mouth, and transfers disease-fighting antibodies in the milk from mother to baby.
Home birth allows you to be surrounded by those you love, as well as intimacy and privacy from strangers at your birth. Birth is a very primal event, and constant interruptions of strangers can be highly disruptive to the birth process. On the other hand, when it becomes more intense near the end, you may desire the support of family, friends, and a familiar birth team.
Citizens For Midwifery has up to date information about midwifery care and its safety for birthing people. You may wish to read