There are many personal opinions on home birth, but in this case the only ones that matter are yours and your partner’s. Often your care provider may tell you that home birth is a dangerous option, especially if you every had a cesarean or other difficulties in past births but you are always open to getting another care provider.
How do you know if this is right for you? There is no simple answer. It requires you to be responsible for your own choices and understanding the joys and risks involved. Question everything you think you know and what your provider knows, read books/blogs/forums, question your care provider and continue to question your care provider. Make sure that you have an answer that you have not only been told but that you have researched. This is not to become the sole educated person there but so you can make educated decisions every step of the way.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- How close are your neighbors?
- Are you in an apartment complex?
- Are you going to be comfortable making loud vocalizations during labor?
- How far are you from a hospital? Are you comfortable with the distance?
- Are you considered a low risk pregnancy?
- What is your past birth experiences?
- Are you comfortable with your support team?
- Where do you want to give birth in your home? In bed, tub or birthing pool?
Go ahead to: Step #1: Is Home Birth Right for You?
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