I think my family thinks I’m crazy. Nobody seems to understand why in the world I would want to have a home birth. I keep getting asked the same question of “Why?”, so… here’s my answer for all of you who are wondering the very same thing:
1. No rushing around to get bags and drive to hospital. I am able to relax in the comforts of my own home.
2. No waking the kids in the middle of the night to go anywhere (if that’s when I happen to go into labor). No having to wake other people up to watch your kids.
3. No trying to find a parking spot and walking through a hospital during painful contractions!
4. No filling out paper work or answering the same stupid questions a hundred times while in excruciating pain.
5. No worrying if the hospital will have an empty room for you.
6. No rude or unsympathetic doctors or nurses to deal with.
7. No wondering if they’re going to send you back home!
8. No revealing hospital gown; wear whatever you want.
9. No being stuck on your back during contractions; you can get up, walk around, and be in any position you want.
10. You have access to a shower and tub if you want.
11. No bulky monitors strapped around you.
12. No uncomfortable needles and IV’s stuck in you.
13. You can eat and drink during labor if you’re hungry or thirsty.
14. No strangers gawking at all your “business”. (Like a group of medical students in training!)
15. No worrying about your wishes for baby being ignored, or arguing with doctors about what you want. You are in control of your situation and decisions.
16. No bright lights, stale rooms, and noisy intercoms echoing in from the hallways.
17. No being told not to push yet ’cause the doc is busy with another patient.
18. You can use natural treatments like herbs, oils, and heating pads as you wish.
19. Less chance of having a C-section.
20. No long tubes crammed down baby’s throat (to clear mucus which will naturally be expelled otherwise).
21. No unnecessary antibiotics in baby’s eyes (they do this routinely just in case you have Gonorrhea).
22. No unnecessary Hepatitis B vaccine given to baby in her first fragile moments of life (done routinely as well just in case you have Hep B, which is contracted by sex and sharing needles with an infected person)!
23. You can nurse baby right away without any hassles.
24. No nurses taking baby away to nursery and feeding him/her sugar water against your instructions.
25. You can have as many visitors as you want, whenever you want.
26. No being forced to stay in the hospital for 3 days.
27. No having to be away from your husband and kids for days.
28. You can lay in your own comfy bed when it’s over, and your husband can lay beside you!
29. No blah hospital food; eat what you want when you want.
30. No being woken up in the middle of the night so the janitor can change the trash can, and every time you get a new nurse on duty.
31. No worrying about safety after delivery; no chance of your baby being stolen, or accidentally switched (it happens!!), no concerns of contracting a secondary infection (MRSA!) from unclean equipment and staff!
32. No scary drive home with a tiny newborn slumped in the carseat.
33. A more personal relationship with midwives and caregivers. More comfortable environment all together.
Did I miss anything?? Now does having a home birth make more sense?!
I’m actually looking forward to the delivery this time! Please say a prayer for us, baby could be here any day now.