It is said so much. “Giving birth to a child is a wonderful gift from nature”, but packaged along with all these moments of happiness and joy, there is the stress of childbirth, especially for your first time! Your body is changing, you no longer fit into your everyday clothes, you have to prepare for the arrival of the baby, anticipate everything, but also choose how you want to give birth (it’s a rather an important choice to make, isn’t it?) It is therefore essential to be well prepared in order to avoid any complications.
While there are many ways to give birth to a child, nowadays, giving birth in a hospital is the most natural and normal way, it is imposed on us. Yet abroad, it is home birth that is favoured by many, 30% in Holland for example.
This practice is attracting more and more women even if it is not yet widely practiced, but are you suited for a home birth?
HOME BIRTH: HOW DOES IT WORK IN PRACTICE?
Unless you don’t have time to go to the maternity ward or you have decided to give birth alone, home birth can be a possible solution for all those who are not fans of the hospital atmosphere. If you wish to choose this option, you can talk to your gynecologist about it for more information.
However, there is no obligation for a doctor to perform a home birth, if this is your case, he or she may recommend a colleague or refer you to midwives who are more adept at the practice. After contacting a midwife, several meetings will be organized to set up the project and plan everything at the organizational level. The midwife will be there to get to know you, to see if this method of delivery is right for you, but also to answer all your questions. That way, on the big day there won’t be any added stress.
Home birth is by far the cheapest. If your midwife is overcharging fees, check with your mutual insurance company, as some may take them into account.
WHY WOULD I CHOOSE THIS METHOD OF DELIVERY?
Here are 3 main advantages of home birth:
what better way to give birth to your child? They will enter this world surrounded by the people who love him, no passage through the maternity ward. The childbearing will be able to benefit from the comfort of their bed, be at home in peace (no stress for the journey to the hospital), no pressure to receive visits at any time. There is even evidence that people recover better after a home birth than in hospital. All the more reason to choose serenity in one's own abode!
The supervision of home birth is very professional, the many appointments allow you to know who you are dealing with, it is possible to establish links with the midwife or doctor, which you would not necessarily have with hospital staff. Here, we see to whom we entrust our body and child, this creates a feeling of trust, which is not an insignificant level of stress.
And yes, the advantage of home birth is that you are in control of the situation, you can give birth where you want, in the position you want… no more feet in the stirrups and infusions planted in your veins. You are not passive, you take part in this event and exercise a certain control over the situation (and especially over the pain!)
Home birth puts everything on its side to reassure us and give us confidence before birth.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS WHEN GIVING BIRTH AT HOME?
Be aware that if your delivery poses any risk to you or the baby, or if it is complicated (twins, hypertension, diabetes…) you will be refused. So there is no reason for this to be too much of a worry, especially since you will be well supervised. Home birth is as risky as a hospital delivery, with proper preparation it will go well.
Besides, during your pregnancy you must create a classic maternity file in case you need to be transferred at the last minute, so you can plan everything in case of an emergency (transport, establishment…). Normally, the last monthly visits will be made in the maternity ward, as well as the preanesthesia visit. But all this is done if necessary, don’t worry, the midwife won’t come with her hands in her pockets on the day!
Home birth is, therefore, a method that is intended to be reassuring and natural. However, there are as many women as there are opinions, so it’s a different method as long as you are healthy and reassured on the day the baby is born. If you want to discover another natural method, I advise you to take a look at the side of water delivery.
Does this method appeal to you?
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