14 Reasons You Should Give Birth At Home vs. A Birth Center

Unsure of where to have your baby?….. For many, home birth is still the best option rather than giving birth at a birth center.

With new birthing options available in New Jersey, giving birth at home is still the best option for many women.  The act of leaving the home environment can interrupt the flow of labor, slow things down and can even cause contractions to stop, leading to interventions that could have been prevented.

Below are 14 reasons why many of my clients have chosen to birth at home over a birth center.

  1. Home birth is a safe option for low risk women…
  2. There’s no rush to go anywhere for the birth…
  3. Giving birth at home include the whole family; children, grandparents, friends and fur babies…
  4. We encourage partners to be as involved as they are comfortable.  If they would like to help catch their baby, we are right there guiding them through the process…
  5. Interventions happened very infrequently at home.  We honor the process of labor, and intervene in that process rarely….
  6. Giving birth at home gives a woman the freedom to move and give birth in which ever place works best for her as well as birthing in the best position her body is guiding her to follow…
  7. Women have the freedom to make informed decisions about their healthcare as well as their baby’s….
  8. Delayed cord clamping at home is encouraged and we wait at least an hour until it is time for the newborn exam…
  9. Once mama and baby are settled into bed, it is then time to start the bonding process. We can still assess mom and baby, but it is done in subtle way, not causing interference in that process.
  10. When birthing at home, everything you could need or want is already there.
  11. When giving birth in a birth center or hospital,  there are time restrictions as to when a family can leave.   Once baby has arrived and begins nursing, most women are not up for getting in a car to go home or wanting to stay in a hospital for an extended period of time…
  12. Parents have the freedom to make decisions as to whether they want vitamin K, eye ointment or further testing done when giving birth at home. This may not be the case in freestanding birth centers or at the hospital…
  13. Many families choose to delay having visitors after giving birth at home.  We respect this lying in period which is common in less hurried cultures throughout the world…
  14. Postpartum visits are done at home over the weeks after giving birth.  We don’t expect or want mama and baby to leave the home if not completely necessary.  There is nothing better than getting to snuggle a new baby while giving mama the opportunity to take a shower….

With each woman I meet and each baby I help into the world, it is reaffirmed how truly blessed I am to have been chosen, by them, to guide them through the life changing experience of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond…..

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