6 Things to Know About Home Birth

Date:22-02-2014 10:40:09 read:4

A lot of women choose home birth over having their baby in the hospital because of the privacy they get and also because they can choose to have who they want present at the birth. Many do it also because they are comfortable I their own space and have an emotional attachment with the place they live in. Home births these days have come a long way from the very basic and rudimentary techniques followed in the olden days. Home births these days are very sophisticated and a woman can give birth in peace without any complications. Even so, it helps to know a few things about giving birth at home. Here are a few things you should know before you opt for a home birth.

1. You should not opt for a home birth if you have had a complicated pregnancy or a cesarean section earlier.

If you have had a complicated pregnancy or a previous birth that was not all smooth sailing, you should probably check yourself into a hospital as the hospital would be better equipped to deal with any unseen complications that may arise. You will be putting your life and the babies life at risk if you choose to go ahead with a home birth in these cases.

2. Mid-wives carry the essential equipment

Mid-wives when they are licensed carry the essential equipment needed to deliver a baby and you do not have to worry about giving birth. You can also choose if you want just the midwife present for the birth or if she can bring along a student to help and to observe.

3. It is not too messy if you make the right arrangements

Home birth does not get too messy if you make the right arrangements at home. Cover your mattresses and pillows with plastic sheets before you get birth and make sure there is easy and quick access to the rest room for the midwife.

4. Healthy women with low risk pregnancies make good candidates for home birth

If you are healthy and have not had complications during the pregnancy, you can go ahead with home birth without worrying too much about it.

5. Midwives are trained to care in case of emergency situations

Midwives have to go through a yearly and biannual re certification courses in emergency procedures and baby resuscitation.

6. You get to hold the baby almost immediately

The baby is placed on your chest after the placenta is cut off. Once the cleaning is done, you are ready to breastfeed your kid and start bonding.

Home birth is easy when you have done it before, know what to expect and have everything ready and planned for. Home birth is great as you can give birth surrounded by people you love and trust instead of being in a hospital surrounded by strangers. Also there is no place that is more comfortable to bring in a baby. But make sure you don’t get into it for emotional reasons alone as you too would have to be pretty healthy and strong.

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