Are you pregnant and considering a homebirth? You're not alone! Homebirth is becoming an increasingly popular option for expectant mothers. But what are the pros and cons of choosing this type of birth? Here's a look at some of the key factors to consider when making your decision.

Is homebirth safe?

For some women, the thought of giving birth at home is terrifying, while for others it feels like the most natural thing in the world. So how do you know if homebirth is right for you?

The first thing to consider is how low-risk your pregnancy is. Homebirth is generally considered safe for low-risk pregnancies, but if you have any complications, it's important to discuss them with your care provider. They may recommend a hospital birth for safety reasons.

Another thing to consider is whether you have a supportive birth team. Your partner or husband will need to be on board with the idea of a homebirth, and you'll also need to have a qualified midwife or doula present. If you don't feel like you have a strong support system, a homebirth may not be right for you.

Benefits of homebirth

Homebirths are becoming more popular as women seek a more natural, intimate experience for their birth. 

There are a lot of benefits to having a homebirth in Central Maine.

#1: Homebirths allow women to be in a familiar, comfortable setting. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can in turn lead to a shorter, easier labor. 

Also, being in your own home can help you to feel more in control of the situation and gives you the freedom to move around and use whatever position is most comfortable for you. 

(It also makes for fun and unique birth photography!)

#2: Homebirths provides continuity of care. When you give birth at home, you will likely be attended by the same midwife or team of midwives throughout your prenatal care, during labor, and postpartum. This can help to foster a deeper level of trust and communication between you and your care providers. 

#3: Many women find that homebirths create a more intimate and bonding experience. Because you are surrounded by people who know and love you, you may feel more comfortable opening up and sharing your feelings during labor and delivery.

Risks of homebirth

While homebirths are becoming more popular, it's important to be aware of the risks involved. One of the biggest dangers is that something could go wrong during labor and delivery, and there would be no emergency medical personnel on hand to provide assistance. 

Additionally, if an emergency arises, it may take precious time to get to a hospital. 

Homebirths, depending on individual factors, is not safe option for everyone. Including that insurance may not cover any associated costs, in the event of an emergency you could still be transferred to the hospital, and birth can be messy. Be prepared with plastic sheets and clean towels! However, these risks can be mitigated by working with a qualified midwife and being vigilant during pregnancy. For those who are considering a homebirth, it's important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully before making a decision! 

Planning for a homebirth

Of course, you'll want to start by finding a care provider who's experienced in home births and who you feel comfortable with. They'll be able to help you make sure that both you and your baby are healthy and advise you on what kind of supplies you'll need!

Generally speaking, you'll need things like: clean sheets and towels, a birth tub or pool, a variety of comfort measures (like pillows, massage oil, etc.), food and drinks for after the birth, and newborn essentials like diapers and clothes. 

Consider hiring a doula to be there to support you, as well as taking a childbirth class to prepare. There is so much information available now about homebirth that it can be hard to know where to start! My best piece of advice would be to reach out to a homebirth midwife for a consultation and ask all your questions!

Trust your intuition and do what feels best for you and your baby :) 

Birth is a natural process and with a little bit of preparation, you can have the BEST birth experience!