For many people the biggest fear they have about choosing a home birth is safety.
Is home birth be a safe option for our birth? What if something goes wrong?
These are questions that thousands of families have asked. After careful consideration and consistent prenatal care, many have realized that home birth is very safe option.
Here are the most popular questions we are asked about having your baby at home.
What if the baby is in distress?
A home birth doesn’t mean that your labor goes unobserved. You will have received nine months of personalized prenatal care.This doesn’t stop when you go into labor. In fact, you will receive better care because of the time they have taken to get to know you. Once your labor is established and you’ve called your midwives they will be there with you, monitoring you and your baby.
Home birth midwives use a doppler (an ultrasound device used during visits to check the infant heart-rate) during labor to monitor the baby’s heartbeat. In a hospital you would have the baby’s heartbeat monitored with an ultrasound device strapped to your abdomen. The down side of being strapped to your bed is that it is harder to move.
In a home birth you still have the benefit of being monitored, but you also have freedom of movement. Your midwife can check the baby without having to be confined to a bed. Research has shown that this kind of “intermittent” monitoring is just as safe for the baby as the continuous monitoring often used in the hospital, with the main difference being that there are fewer unnecessary interventions.
In fact, ACNM, the American College of Nurse Midwives says,
“Intermittent auscultation is the preferred method for monitoring the fetal heart rate during labor for women who at the onset of labor are low risk for developing fetal acidemia.”
We follow guidelines that help ensure that you and your baby will be safe.
What if I need a cesarean and I am birthing at home?
This is another common concern. As mentioned previously, you will have had personalized care with careful attention paid to concerning signs prenatally. Instead of being left alone in a hospital room during labor, you will be carefully monitored by your midwives who are there for you through every contraction.
Midwifery care is constant and attentive. If for some reason something DOES go wrong then we will quickly transfer you to the hospital.
Birth is a natural process, and with the oversight of a certified midwife can progress at the woman’s own pace with minimal chances of an emergency situation arising.
What if I bleed a lot after the birth?
There is blood loss after birth, but most women experience only the normal amount.
Your certified home birth midwives are trained to treat a postpartum hemorrhage. They come equipped with a variety of both drugs and herbs to help stop the unnatural flow of blood.
What if the baby isn’t breathing right away?
Midwives receive extensive and continual training in newborn resuscitation. One of the first things the midwifery team does upon arriving at your house is to set up emergency protocol stations so that in the unlikely event of delayed breathing they are ready to step in.
Your midwives are trained in the both the normality of birth and emergency procedures. They go through extensive measures to be current in all the certifications required for the safety of their clients.
Home birth is both a joyous and a safe option for women who are low risk and well prepared. We would love to join you on your home birth journey; encouraging, educating, and equipping you every step of the way.