Babies have been born at home for much of history. When we look around, we can see that most of those births were successful. Even so, there are some considerations necessary before embarking upon the adventure of a healthy home birth.
Listen to a Physician’s Advice
At times, it seems the medical profession wants total control of childbirth, and the place for that is the hospital. Many physicians will advise a hospital plan for any birth. Nevertheless, it is essential to pay attention to the health assessment given to you and the unborn. Still consider setting an appointment with a professional who has earned an in-person or online degree in sonography. Conditions that can cause risks include diabetes, twins, a prior cesarean section or hypertension can potentially rule out home deliveries.
Fitness for Motherhood
It is important to be fit before becoming pregnant. Overweight and poorly-conditioned mothers tend to have more complicated deliveries.
Here are some exercises that facilitate easier childbirth, with permission from a midwife or doctor:
- Walking is wonderful! Plan to walk at least 30 minutes per day, in the outdoors if possible.
- Sitting on an exercise ball will build pelvic strength. Make this a habit instead of lounging on the couch or in a recliner.
- Pelvic rocks are great preparation for labor. Get onto your hands and knees on a carpet or mat. Slowly lift your pelvis, then lower it. Do this in sets of 10 twice a day.
Find a Practitioner Supportive of Natural Childbirth
A certified midwife is free to participate in a home birth. Midwives are health professionals who deliver babies and care for women and children postpartum. They must be accredited by the Commission for Midwifery Education via examination. It is recommended that the midwife have participated in at least 100 previous births, and works with an assistant.
Her equipment should include IV fluids, oxygen tank and masks for adult and infant, plus suturing materials.
Have a Plan B
There must be a coordination between a midwife and a doctor so that, if birth complications arise, transfer to a hospital can be quickly arranged. If the plan is not coordinated, you will be considered an emergency room patient, and the staff will not know your history. This will often result in interventions and tests that you do not desire.
Home births provide instant baby bonding and feeding and set a precedent for family closeness. With proper preparation, home births can be exciting and memorable milestones.