Did you know over 395,000 babies were born on the first day of 2019?
Are you considering having a baby at home but not sure if you should? Not to worry! In this article, we’ll go over why you might consider this option and what the pros and cons are.
Want to learn more? Keep reading to find out!
Having a Baby at Home: A Guide
Home delivery is a unique experience, but it’s wise to consider the drawbacks and benefits. This can help you plan and understand any of the potential risks involved. Research and work with a doctor or an obgyn to make an informed decision.
What Is a Home Birth?
Instead of having your baby at a hospital, you can give birth at home. You’ll want someone who’s qualified and experienced for labor and delivery. You could find a certified midwife or a certified nurse midwife.
Chat this over with your doctor if you’re thinking about home delivery. They will go over what to expect during labor and delivery. They’ll also go over what complications could arise and how the midwife would manage them.
Home Birth Safety
Women who have had prior C-sections or are pregnant with twins shouldn’t give birth at home.
Even if you choose home delivery, your midwife or doctor might recommend you move to a hospital. They might suggest this if your baby isn’t positioned right or has high blood pressure.
If your baby shows signs of distress like an abnormal heart rate, you might have to go to the hospital. Traces of meconium in the amniotic fluid is a red flag and reveals your baby is in distress.
Benefits of a Home Birth
With a home birth, you’ll have more control over the experience. You don’t have the pressure to use specific interventions and medications. You’ll also reduce the costs this way.
You’ll have the flexibility of choosing some aspects of the birthing process. You could take a warm shower, eat what you like, or use aromatherapy.
Drawbacks of a Home Birth
Insurance might not cover associated costs. Find out what your insurance policy covers.
Home births are messy so have lots of clean towels and sheets on hand. You won’t have many pain control options. Consider your pain threshold and if the possibility of an epidural is comforting.
You won’t have the blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and your baby’s heart monitored all the time. With a home birth, the midwife will check them often.
If a home birth is what you’d prefer, choose a trained healthcare worker. Find a doctor, midwife, or certified nurse-midwife.
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