Why I Chose a Homebirth
If you are expecting know that you have choices when it comes to your birth preferences and where you deliver. After becoming pregnant I was surprised to learn that a lot of people didn’t know that you can still have a midwife and deliver at home. In fact, the demand for midwives is growing in Canada. As long as you have a low risk pregnancy this is something I encourage all expectant moms to consider.
Here are some of the big reasons why I chose to deliver my baby at home:
- I wanted to be in the comfort of my own home, to have my own bed, shower, and toilet!
- I wanted to have control over the environment.
- I didn’t want to hear other women in labour or beeping monitors.
- I only wanted the people I knew and trusted to be near me and my baby during such an important time.
- I didn’t want to be offered or have access to drugs for pain relief.
- I did not want to be administered oxytocin to increase contractions. Often times, this drug is given to women to speed up delivery but it severely increases the intensity of contractions, could cause stress to the baby, and can make the pain so unbearable that you end up asking for an epidural.
- Some hospitals have restrictions in what you are able to do when in labour and what positions you can labour and deliver in. I wanted to be able to move around, stand in the shower, or get in the bathtub as I needed.
- Hospitals attract a lot of sick people and are a hot spot for germs.
- Midwives have the same equipment as a third grade hospital.
- Midwives are very conservative in their practice. If there is any indication of the need for medical interventions or hospital care they will call an ambulance to transport you to the hospital.
- I felt my birth plan would be more closely followed at home and by the midwives that I had become friends with. In a hospital you are not guaranteed to deliver with your doctor.
- There's no need to worry about the drive home with your new baby as you'll already be there!
Are you considering a home birth? Check out my post on how to prepare for a home birth. Share your thoughts and questions in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you.