Pregnancy App Article: "What to expect: Home birth"

Week 26
Planning a home birth
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If you want a home birth, you will, of course, need to get your partner on your side - but this could be less of a problem than you might think. Many women find their partner is happier to acquiesce than to have a row with a hormonal, pregnant partner. 

Fans of home births talk about ‘trusting’ their body to give birth, as well as feeling ‘calmer’ and more ‘in control’ delivering their babies in familiar surroundings without the pressure of medical intervention. At home, they are allowed to labour at their own pace.

When considering a home birth you might want to think about the following: 
  • How will any complications be managed? 
  • What emergency equipment will they bring? 
  • If you want a water birth, will your floor take the weight of a pool? How will you fill it and – perhaps more importantly – empty it? You won’t be very popular with the neighbours if you are planning to siphon bloody water and poo out of the window of your fifth-floor flat. 
  • If you already have children, what are your plans for them? Who will look after them while you are labouring and delivering? 
  • If you live a long way from hospital, what happens if you need to be transferred?
Home births are not recommended for multiple pregnancies, if your baby is lying in a breech position, if there are complications such as pre-eclampsia or placenta praevia or if you suffer from a health problem such as epilepsy. It is possible after a previous C-section, as long as you agree to a hospital transfer at the first sign of trouble. Women often wait until their second child before they opt for a home birth.

Of course, not all home births are planned – some babies arrive so fast they leave you with no choice but to clear a space in the dining room and christen the new carpet. But the majority are well thought out and organised
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I gave birth on the edge of the sofa with a beanbag behind me, which was very comfortable. After the birth I snuggled down on the sofa while my daughter had a feed and the midwives tidied up and made tea.
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Ten minutes after my home birth, my other kids came in to meet their baby brother and were thrilled.
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My son was born with a severe infection and had to be whisked to an ITU within minutes, where he spent the next few days fighting for his life. Giving birth isn't just about you, it's also about your baby and the unforeseen things that can happen, which is why I'd have any subsequent babies in a hospital.
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