Birth is a time to feel secure and safe. When a woman births at home she is in her own nest and is surrounded by colors, textures, lighting and sounds she loves. Her own bed, where she finds solace in rest and sleep, is available for birthing. She is in the place she will soon share with her baby. What better place is there to relax in the total way she needs to in order to give way to the birth process? — From Midwifery Today
Why have a home birth?
Many may think that having a baby at home is unsafe, unsanitary, or just plain crazy. It certainly is not the norm in this country, but is increasing due to the rigid policies of hospital birth. Midwives can and do understand the normal pregnancy and birth. If the progress of either is not normal, then we do access physician or hospital care.
So, why have a home birth? Many women seem to think that they will have control of their environment and their care when using typical medical and hospital care. Often, this is not the case when the care providers or hospital policies override the families wishes. This can become traumatic if not handled well. Because the ratio of care provider to birthing mom is at least one-on-one, a home birth midwife can take the time to listen to the birthing mom’s needs.
Is home birth unsafe?
The following are some sites that address this more clearly than I can. In Colorado we have a specific set of rules for indication for consultation or transfer of care that help promote the safety of home birth midwifery care.
Is home birth unsanitary or messy?
It is a well known fact that hospitals can be breeding grounds for infection for mother and the baby. In your home, you have your own “germs” that you are used to. We are not doing surgery, so don’t need a sterile environment. We do expect a clean uncluttered environment for birth, but your home doesn’t have to be large. It really doesn’t take much to deliver a baby! The midwife can carry the equipment that she needs and we will utilize creative ideas to protect your home from the mess.