why homebirth?

“Midwives see birth as a miracle and only mess with it if there’s a problem; doctors see birth as a problem and if they don’t mess with it, it’s a miracle!” Barbara Harper in Gentle Birth Choices

A Few Home Birth Truths

  • Women who choose out-of-hospital birth enjoy a lower cesarean section rate and a lower infection rate (self and baby)
  • Comfort of home helps mothers to feel safe, thus allowing labor contractions to be effective.  (Fear elicits the production of adrenaline which adversely affects the quality of a contraction.  This is why so many women who are afraid or uncomfortable in a hospital environment experience “failure to progress”.)
  • Statistics have shown that home birth for a healthy mother attended by a skilled midwife is as safe or safer than a hospital birth, with better outcomes for mother and baby.
  • Review of research suggests that women choose home birth for personal and philosophical reasons.  Home birth clients like the comfortable atmosphere of their own homes, the noninvasive techniques of midwives, the time and personal attention that midwives offer (mainly because of their selective client load and belief in holistic care), and the attitude of shared responsibility between client and caregiver.
  • Women who choose out-of-hospital birth experience less intervention with the birth process.
  • Women at home are able to choose their birth positions i.e. hands and knees, squat, kneel, side-lying.  They are free to move around, eat and drink, bathe and sleep during labor.  The time restraints are loosened because generally the midwife is committed to one woman at a time.

“Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn’t dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your time line.” Gloria Lemay


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