If you’re a parent-to-be, chances are you’ve heard about the wonders of a homebirth. But if you haven’t had a baby before, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. After all, don’t hospitals have trained doctors on call? What could possibly go wrong?
Well, for starters—a lot. The World Health Organization estimates that one million babies die each year during childbirth or shortly after birth due to preventable causes like infection and hemorrhage. To put that in perspective: it’s like losing 100 jumbo jets full of people every single day! In fact, almost half of these deaths occur in developing countries where access to health care isn’t as good as it is here in America…but even here at home we see tragic news stories every week about women who lost their lives because they didn’t have proper medical care during pregnancy or delivery.”
The first step in having a good homebirth is to find a good midwife. Finding the right person can be tricky, but it’s worth it: you’ll want somebody experienced, someone who has a good reputation and insurance.
If you’re looking for recommendations from friends and family, ask them if they know anyone who’s had a homebirth before. Consider asking your doctor if he or she knows any midwives in the area; some doctors may have worked alongside some great ones. You can also look online or check out Facebook groups dedicated to local mothers-to-be—you never know what kind of resources will pop up!
Once you’ve found some names on your list, it’s time to get down into specifics about who might be right for you: make sure that whoever ends up delivering your baby is licensed by their state (or province) and has insurance coverage that covers home births! It’s also important that they work full time with no gaps between clients because this means they’ll be available when labor starts happening at night or early morning hours when most people are asleep at home instead of working out at their offices like normal 9-5 jobs during normal business hours Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm MST Saturday/Sunday closed Monday morning hours 11am – 3pm MST
In order to make your birth space feel comfortable and safe, it’s important to do a little prep work. The first thing you should do is clear out the room so that there’s nothing that could distract you or make you feel stressed. If your partner can’t help with this part of the process (and if they’re not already in labor), ask one of your midwives or doulas for help with cleaning out the space. They’ll be able to give you advice about what objects are best removed from the room and which ones aren’t necessary for having a homebirth.
Next, take some time to consider how much light will be in the room during labor and delivery—this depends on whether or not there are other people staying with you at home who will want access to electricity during this time (for instance, if nurses come over). If possible, keep lights dimmed low enough so that they don’t affect either mother or baby during labor; ideally there should only be candles lit throughout this process as well.
Another way to prepare for a homebirth is by taking a childbirth class. Classes are held in hospitals, birth centers, and churches around the country and can be found online as well. If you’re interested in this option, ask your midwife or doctor if they have any recommendations for classes near where you live. The main thing to keep in mind when looking for classes is that the quality of instructors varies wildly—some may have little experience teaching childbirth education or even delivering babies themselves (which may not seem like a big deal but could make all the difference come time for delivery).
In general, expect about ten hours of instruction over three months with around five hours devoted to each class meeting. Topics usually include pregnancy anatomy; labor preparation; breathing techniques during labor; pain management techniques; assisting during birth; postpartum recovery methods such as breast-feeding and nursing positions; newborn care/grieving process after loss of mommy/baby bonding time on first day after birth
The best way to have a good homebirth is to get your partner involved. They can help you prepare and keep track of time, but they can also be there for you through the tough parts of labor.
A good homebirth is all about being prepared.
If you’re looking for a natural birth, don’t forget that it all starts at home. Having a good homebirth is not just about the baby—it’s about having the right tools and mindset to make sure your whole family is healthy and happy. We hope these tips will help you have a better experience than we did!
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