For expectant mothers seeking a natural childbirth experience, home births are a desirable alternative to delivering in a hospital setting. When considering this option, it’s understandable to have questions and concerns. That’s why Nancy Farr, a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and owner of Traditional Midwifery Care of Lebanon, CT, believes it’s essential for parents to become informed of the pros and cons of both the home and hospital settings for birth. It has been a short period in our history as humans that hospital birth has become our societal norm. In addition to doing your own research, it can be really helpful to talk to a midwife as well as families that have made this choice. Our monthly home birth meeting provides a great avenue for sharing information and support. To help you decide whether a home birth is right for you, Nancy addresses some of the most frequently asked questions on the subject.
FAQs About Home Births
What Happens During Home Births?
When providing natural care, your midwife will arrive at your home once active labor has begun. They will periodically monitor your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, as well as your baby’s heart rate and provide individualized support as labor progresses. Though midwives are prepared to intervene when necessary, they typically pursue a more hands-off approach and allow the delivery to unfold naturally. If you opt for a water birth, labor and delivery will take place in a large tub placed inside your home.
Following delivery, your midwife will stay with you for several hours to monitor you and your newborn’s health while helping with breastfeeding. The midwife will check in with the mother and baby again within 24 hours and twice more during the first week in the home. There are typically two more office visits completing care at 6 to 8 weeks postpartum. The midwife performs the testing for the newborn screening program (as desired by parents) and assists with securing a birth certificate and a social security number.
Are Home Births Safe?
Though childbirth always carries an inherent risk, delivering at home with the help of a qualified and knowledgeable attendant is considered safe for most mothers. Although many problems can be dealt with safely at home, in the event of certain complications your care will be transferred to a hospital for specialized treatment. Our contingency plan is carefully constructed at your 36 weeks pre-birth home visits.
Is Home Birth Right for You?
If you have a healthy pregnancy, a home birth offers increased freedom and a more rewarding delivery experience. When at home, you can choose to be surrounded by loved ones or have a very private experience with no guest list at all. The added comfort of a familiar environment helps the labor progress smoothly. What’s more, by giving birth without the aid of an epidural you can more readily listen and respond to your body’s unique needs during labor and delivery. Experiencing the intensity of natural labor can be challenging, but it is also a beautiful and transformative process.
To learn more about holistic care during pregnancy and natural childbirth, contact Traditional Midwifery Care. With over 28 years of experience, founder Nancy Farr, CPM, is committed to providing compassionate and personalized care for every stage of pregnancy. For more information about home births, visit her website, or call (860) 463-7674 to schedule a consultation.