Whether you wanted to birth at home right from the start or perhaps COVID-19 is now playing a part in your decision, ensure you do your proper research before making any final decision.
Educate yourself on alternative options
The best thing you can do is to educate yourself on all your options and choose from there which one works best for you whether it’s at home, a birthing center or at the hospital, all of which are great choices and can offer their own support systems. There is a great documentary called Why Not Home which focuses on a group of doctors and nurses that chose to give birth at home rather than in hospital – a really informative perspective.
Midwives and Doulas
If you are leaning away from a hospital birth, start looking into midwifery options. Don’t just go with the first one you find on Google, interview multiple midwives till you find the right fit. Asking friends or family or your doctor for any recommendations will be helpful. The same sentiments apply if you are looking for a Doula. Both are great options to support you not only during the birth but also pre & post partum.
A birth centre is an independent facility offering a much more private birth experience, these facilities are usually equipped with state of the art medical equipment, midwives and medical practitioners as well as some creature comforts like a double bed, deep tubs and an overall cozier environment. Taking a tour of your local birth centre is also great as you can see in person exactly what to expect.
Your health and safety
When researching birth options outside of a hospital setting, ensure you are realistic.
If you have health risks or are experiencing a high risk pregnancy then a home birth will likely not be an option. As disappointing that might be to you, remember that your health and the health of your baby comes first.
Home birth can be a truly beautiful experience, but at the end of the day every birth is precious and beautiful in its own way. The most important thing is to ensure you do the proper research on your birth place options and stay positive, roll with the punches and focus on the health and safety of you and your baby.