4 Essential Tips To Help You Prepare For A Home Birth

4 essential tips to help you prepare for a home birth

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Do you wish a comfortable environment to deliver your baby? Now a days many women are opting to give birth in the comfort of their homes, rather than in hospitals.

It is indeed a safe and good decision, but it is also important to remember that you can only opt for home birth if your entire pregnancy was without complications. We have decoded the pros and cons for your ease, let’s have a look.

4 Essential Tips To Prepare For Home Birth:

If you have ever considered a home birth or curious to know how it works, here are 4 essential tips for home birth:

1. Find A Good Nurse:

You need to find a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) , a certified direct-entry midwife (CPM or CM) [1], or a physician who is well experienced and has a good knowledge about home births.

  • The person should have a license to practice in your state.
  • Check whether the person has all the necessary equipment needed for home birth, like oxygen for your newborn baby and such, in case needed.
  • In addition, also check the availability of all those required materials during an emergency like in case of postpartum bleeding, etc.

2. Have A Good Backup Plan:

Be prepared in case of home birth failure or in an emergency.

  • You should have a backup hospital which is close by and good transportation, so that you can rush to the hospital quickly.
  • You should be having your pediatrician on call or nearby, who can visit your baby post birth.

[ Read: How To Induce Labour Naturally ]

3. Line Up Caretakers:

It will be good if your partner takes a leave for a couple of days before your due date.

  • If not possible, ask your relative or an adult to come over.
  • This would be of great help post delivery to take care of your baby and other things.

4. Cleanliness:

You need to decide where you want to give birth to your baby.

  • You need to keep all the essential things clean, like your towels, bed-sheets, pillow covers or anything that your newborn baby might come in contact with.
  • It’s always best to direct a person to do the job for you. You also need to clean the surroundings where you plan to deliver, like the room or hall.

What Should Be In A Birth Kit?

There is a list of things that you will need to buy if you are planning for a home birth:

  • Waterproof under-pads
  • A variety of gauze pads
  • Emollient
  • Bulb syringe
  • Cord clamps
  • Peri bottle
  • Gloves
  • Cleansing solution
  • Measuring tape

Apart, from this birth kit, you will also need to gather a few things from around your house such as:

  • Wash cloths
  • Waterproof mattress cover
  • Basin for the placenta
  • Towels
  • Clean sheets for your bed
  • Sterilized receiving blankets
  • Trash bags

[ Read: Music For Labor ]

Advantages Of Home Birth:

While it is entirely a personal choice, here are a few benefits of home birth when done in the right way:

  • Giving birth at home develops a bonding between you and your baby whereas in hospitals the routine and the timings restrict the intimate bonding.
  • There is less likelihood of infection for you and your baby.
  • Home birth is far less expensive than a hospital birth.
  • Caretaker is the same, as she does not have to work according to the shifts, thus creating a trust in you.
  • Your privacy will be restricted and you can enjoy giving birth in a family atmosphere.
  • Labor is allowed to progress naturally, without unnecessary interventions.

[ Read: Exercise To Induce Labor ]

Disadvantages Of Home Birth:

In a home birth situation, you are not under the care of the hospital authorities, so you have to take care of your own self to a larger extent. So with advantages, there are certain disadvantages to home birth:

  • Home birth requires a higher level of responsibility. The complete responsibility and pressure is on you for delivering your baby.
  • The risk of when to hold the contractions in labor is entirely on you while giving birth.
  • In an emergency situation in case some equipment are not accessible, you might need to rush to the hospital.

These were some of the pros and cons of homebirth. Although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports women’s right to choose the type of birth experience they want, the organization says that hospitals and birthing centers are the safest setting for births.

However, the decision to give birth at home or hospital should be taken by considering all the aspects and willingness of the family members and your midwife.

Don’t forget to share your views and experience with us in the comment section below. Wish you a safe delivery!

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