About Homebirth

 

"We have a secret in our culture, it's not that birth is painful, it's that women are strong."  Laura Stavoe Harm

 There is no mystery surrounding homebirth.  The name itself defines the process.  YOU will labor and birth within your own home.  YOU will be surrounded by those whom you love and who love you.  YOU will dictate whether you will have soft lighting, no lights, or all of the lights on.  YOU will decide whether or not music will be playing as your baby takes its first breath.  YOU will decide where, when, and how to give birth.

In recent years home birth has been brought to the forefront of the media.  Home Birth, however, is not new.  Since the dawn of time, women have been birthing at home while attended by competent midwives.  Only within the last 60 years or so U.S. culture has turned away from the midwifery model of care and towards the medical model of care.  With the turn towards medical care women have not experienced a safer birth with better outcomes.  Instead, they have experienced:  

♥   Continuous fetal monitoring - women have lost the
     freedom to move during labor.  Instead they must
     be confined to bed.
♥   The use of drugs to produce contractions; along
      with the inevitable drop in fetal heart rates which
      follows.
♥   Managed labor - no longer are women given the option
     to allow their labor to progress according to its own
     rhythm.  Instead, labor progresses based upon bed
     space as well as hospital and physicians' schedules.
♥   Cesarean sections are no longer performed only as a last
     resort. Instead they have become the preferred way to birth. 
    The fact that c-section rates are as high as 50% for some
     hospitals only serves as proof of this fact.

Why Choose Homebirth?
   
♥   Statistically, homebirths are safer than hospital births.
♥   Fetal monitoring is different during a home birth.  Monitoring is not continuous but is, instead, checked at
     regular intervals.   This allows you the freedom to move as you wish. 
♥   Home birth requires the full support, encouragement and assistance of your partner. 
♥   Home birth is an unmedicated choice.  If you feel you are unable to tolerate labor without the assistance of
     drugs, homebirth is not the choice for you. 
♥   You are in charge of your birth.  You are not under anyone else's directive but have the freedom to make
     decisions that are best for you and your baby.
♥   You have the freedom to labor and/or deliver in water if you wish.
♥   Your midwife will remain with you throughout your labor and birth.  You do not have to be concerned about who
     the "on call" doctor may be when you go into labor.
♥   You can have whomever you would like present at your birth including your children, extended family and friends.
♥   You or your partner can catch the baby.
♥   You are never separated from your baby.  Even the newborn exam is performed at your side.
♥   Midwives hug! 

About 5 - 10% of women have a previous medical history which prevents them from having the option of home birth.