The key to making the choice to out of hospital birth
We like The Business of being born, by Rikki Lake, as well as Gloria Lemay’s birth video; to get a visual of home birth/Birth House, as well as some free births on Youtube. There are also lots of home birth moms that would love to chat with you about there births.
Things to think through before you make your choice:
- If you choose to have a home birth/Birth House, it’s important to be flexible and understand that if complications arise, you might have to transfer your care to another provider or give birth in a hospital.
- You’ll also need to be committed to giving birth without medication.
- You'll need to make plans to ensure that you have good support available to you in the days after you give birth.
- You should know that not all insurance companies and HMOs cover the cost of home births. Some reimburse you for your up front costs, but that can take 10 months or more.
Giving birth at home isn’t for everyone, nor should it be for women who are more likely to have complications during childbirth, they should give birth in a hospital. This is why I do Montrice work as well. I believe all women deserve whole care; someone who will walk through the labor, birth, and mothering process with you.
For healthy low risk women who choose a skilled and experienced Midwife, and a Midwife who has a good system in place for transfer to a hospital when necessary, studies show that giving birth at home is safer than giving birth in a hospital.
There is also research showing that moms who planned to give birth at home (regardless of if they transferred to a hospital) ended up with fewer interventions, such as episiotomies, c-sections, and drugs compared with a group of equally low-risk women who had planned hospital deliveries.
Partners & Home Birth
Many partners are skeptical or fearful about home birth before the event, but become the most enthusiastic supporters afterwards. Once they've seen an actual home birth (rather than Hollywood's caricature depictions) and what their partner can do, given the time and education, they are always in awe of the simple beauty.
Birthing at home just works better - for partner, for mom, for baby. After watching a woman labor well and undisturbed, it becomes easy to understand how disruptive traveling to a hospital and undergoing many unnecessary routines can be to a mom, baby, and the labor process.
Home birth also allows for more freedom and involvement for a partner. Unlike in a hospital setting, at home a partner doesn't need to ask permission to get a cup of coffee or use the bathroom. If they are finding the labor to be an intense experience, and their partner can manage without them for a little while, being at home makes it easier for them to find some space and spend some time alone. During long labors, it becomes more important for partners to get some sleep, which is also easier to do and more comfortable in their own space.
We honor and respect family however you define it. Whether blended, LBGTQ, poly, surrogate, adoption, etc., we work hard to provide your family with the best care, always.