Today, women are fortunate enough to have a variety of available options to consider when it comes to the childbirth experience. From choosing the setting to deciding on pain management techniques, you can customize your birth plan so that you bring your baby into the world your way. Although it's not for everyone, an increasing number of women are choosing to give birth in the comfort of their own homes. If you are considering a home birth but have some reservations, you should know what you're getting wrong about home births so that you can make the best decision for your family.
According to The New York Times, around 1 percent of all births in the United States took place at home or in birth centers in 2012. Even though that may may seem like a small percentage, home birth is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many families.
In addition to the potential costs and the cleanup associated with a home birth, the safety of mother and baby are generally among the biggest concerns that can arise when making the decision. But, as Baby Gaga noted, moms-to0-be have to be assessed by the midwife to rule out any medical conditions which might make home birth unsafe before a midwife agrees to assist them during their pregnancy and labor.
Additionally, according to Mayo Clinic mentioned, it's recommended that women who are pregnant with multiples, who have previously had C-sections, or whose baby has not settled into a position to ensure a head-first delivery give birth in a hospital to ensure a safe and healthy childbirth experience. Otherwise, you should feel comfortable that your home birth should be a positive experience your entire family.
If you are unsure about whether or not a home birth is right for you, take your time and do your research before you make your decision. You and your partner should set time aside to speak with midwives, doulas, and your insurance provider to make sure all of your concerns are addressed. You may be pleasantly surprised to hear their answers.
1. They Aren't Safe
Women have been giving birth at home since the beginning of time, but you can rest assured that today's midwives aren't using antiquated tools or techniques. According to Fit Pregnancy, certified nurse midwives have all of the tools and techniques to help ensure your baby arrives safely. They will monitor vitals for you and your baby throughout your labor and can administer vitamin K and other medications to your newborn, if necessary.
2. It's Expensive
You may be intimidated by the potential cost of a home birth, but according to Fox News' website, your home birth may be covered by insurance, depending on where you live and the type of coverage you have. Before you make a commitment, speak with your midwife as well as your insurance company to get all of the facts.
3. You'll Be Left With A Mess
The idea of giving birth in your home may give you the creeps, particularly if you think about all of the blood (and other bodily fluids) that might be left behind. But your in-home birth team is there to handle the clean up duties, according to Fit Pregnancy. In fact, after my son was born at home, my midwife made sure there was nothing left for me to do but bond with my baby.
4. Your Baby Will Be Exposed To Germs
You might be worried that a sterilized hospital environment is the only place where your baby won't be susceptible to germs. Yes, there are germs in your home. But the good news is, you're already familiar with them. You're regularly exposed to the germs in your home according to New York Doula, making it less of a risk to you and your baby. The germs in the hospital are new to your system.
5. You Won't Have The Proper Prenatal Screenings
Choosing to give birth at home does not mean that the quality of healthcare you receive will be diminished. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, your midwife will be able to make sure you have all of the blood work and routine tests you need to make sure you and your baby are healthy and safe. If there are tests that they cannot administer directly, they will be able connect you with a hospital or clinic nearby.
6. You Won't Be Able To Handle The Pain
The idea of giving birth at home can be frightening when you think about not having access to pain medication. But having a doula as part of your birth team can help make the pain of labor easier to manage, according to Fit Pregnancy. They are trained in the area of natural pain management techniques and will do their best to make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the process.