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5 Benefits of Home Birth

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I’ve done birth all sorts of ways, including c-section, epidural, birth center and now home birth. It was a completely new experience, and here are the things I liked the best about the 5 Benefits of Home Birth.

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Being at Home:

Birth can be stressful and painful.

Being in your own room, in your own bed, can give you a feeling of security that helps you relax and feel secure.

There can also be religious and cultural beliefs that can be addressed exactly as you want them.

 

No Rush:

Because I didn’t have to pack a bag or drive anywhere, there was no pressure.

It didn’t really matter when I went into labor because I knew we would be ready.

My midwife often came to the house for prenatal visits and they were a very laid-back affair with no rushing.

During and after the birth she was calm and unhurried. 

 

Family Friendly:

Home birth revolves around your home!

So it’s a very family-friendly affair.

My children loved that the midwife could do prenatal check-ups in my living room (no babysitter needed) and they learned a lot by watching.

Nor did I have to “go away” to have the baby.

They woke up in the morning and there she was!

 

Low Cost:

A midwife is generally a lot less expensive than a traditional hospital delivery or c-section.

In our case, my husband is fortunate to have an employer who’s very supportive of home birth.

He actually paid 100% of our bill.

 

Risks:

Avoiding risk is a priority for families having a baby.

Most Doctors will recommend against home birth if you are having twins (or more), you have had a C-section or your baby is not having a head first delivery.

It’s important to have attending support that is experienced and can recognize that there should be a hospital transfer.

A hospital transfer is often done when bleeding occurs, you need pain relief, experiencing high blood pressure, labor is not advancing and the baby shows indications of distress.

 

Benefits of Home Birth – Extra Perks:

Not only did I have many of my prenatal visits at home, but my midwife and I became friends.

The care you receive with a home birth is very customized and tailored to your wishes.

Midwives are also very flexible and available to their clients.

In a hospital, you’re not always guaranteed that your doctor will be available on delivery day.

With a home birth, you know who’s going to be there.

The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health report that there is a higher level of satisfaction from mothers that choose home birth.

Have you ever considered the Benefits of Home Birth?

Please give us your comments below!

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