There are a lot of women who prefer home birth to hospital birth these days. There are a lot of reasons for them doing so. To begin with, there are practical concerns like living in a remote place and not having easy access to a hospital, money concerns or just that some women like the comfort of home and having loved ones around and close while giving birth. Although there are so many benefits of giving birth at home, one should also ensure that everything is safe for the delivery as well as for the baby when it arrives. Here are some tips that will help you increase the safety factor for a home birth and endure that both mother and baby are safe and healthy.
1.You will need to find a good midwife: You have to make sure that you find a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), a certified direct-entry midwife (CPM or CM), or a physician who has plenty of experience delivering babies at home. Before you decide on a midwife or a physician you need to find out about her qualifications, if she is licensed to practice in your state and her years of experience with home births.
2.Make sure that whoever is in charge of the birth carries the necessary equipment: Make a list of the essential things that your midwife or physician must carry and carries the necessary equipment and supplies to start emergency treatment if needed. They include infant resuscitation equipment and oxygen, IVs, and medication to stem postpartum bleeding. It also would be good if they can make necessary arrangement quickly in case a backup is needed.
3.You need a backup plan that is solid and dependable: As much as we can hope and make arrangements, there is always a chance something might go wrong. You need to have a strong backup plan, like getting transported to a hospital immediately in case things do not go the way they should.
4.Get a pediatrician you can refer to after the birth: Your mid-wife must be able to tell you about a good pediatrician or refer to a group of doctors who live close. This is important as you will need to consult a pediatrician soon after the birth of your baby. He or she should also be supportive of your choice to have a home birth instead of giving birth at a hospital.
5.Get some help for your postpartum needs: You will need loads of help during the delivery and also after. Friends, family, your partner, it could be anyone. Just make sure they are all available at all times. Not only will they give you the strength to go through with the delivery, but will also help you deal with the postpartum blues if any.
More than anything, if you have decided to go ahead with home birth, you need to read about it a lot and make sure you know as much as the person who is delivering your baby. Knowing what will happen, what to expect and what you need will make the whole process a lot safer.