Is A Home Birth Right For You?
Women have been having babies at home long before there were hospitals to deliver in and most of the time; it was on the same bed they slept in. Due to unsanitary conditions and lack of a medical team, it was hardly the ideal way to give birth. Fast forward to today, The United States has 99% of babies born in hospitals each year, but that 1% is increasingly starting to change as more women are starting to revert back to the way things were. The natural birth movement has women changing their minds to what was once the preferred method to a whole new kind of home birth.
To have a home birth be safe and successful, the mother-to-be needs to have an excellent support system and they would need to prepare themselves thoroughly with childbirth education classes.
A Home Birth Is Right For You If:
- You have a low risk pregnancy. You’ve had no evidence of diabetes, hypertension, and haven’t developed any pregnancy complications and are not at risk for preterm birth.
- You’ll have a midwife or physician attending. If a midwife is the route you want to take, you’ll have to make sure a consulting physician is on call. Make sure this person knows your midwife and they’ve worked together.
- You live 30 min away from hospital. The hospital should be within ten miles from your home in case an emergency arises and you or your baby needs medical attention.
- You’re carrying one baby. An epidural is required with mothers who are having more than one child.
- No pain medicine. If there’s a chance at all you’ll want an epidural, you won’t be able to order these from home. If the option of having an epidural comforts you then think twice before staying home.
- You may have to go to the hospital. With a home birth, the amount of women who need hospital care is relatively high. Your child could go in fetal distress, hypertension, or bleed.
- Increased chance of neonatal death. Planned home births have a two-to-three times increased risk of neonatal death rate. This means that if the mother doesn’t live close to a hospital for emergency care, there might not be enough time for the proper treatment.
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