Having your baby at home has so many benefits! Giving birth in your own environment makes it easier for you to follow your own natural rhythms. When you birth your baby at home, you can eat if you are hungry, go outside for fresh air or soak in a deep tub of warm water. You decide who will be with you during the birth. It’s your choice to birth your baby in a birth tub, in your bed, on the birth stool or into the hands of your partner. One of the best parts of having your baby at home is that you don’t have to go anywhere afterwards. After your midwife does all the necessary check-ups postpartum, and makes sure everyone is healthy, she cleans up. By the time she leaves, you can’t even tell a birth took place there. An added benefit of choosing a homebirth midwife are the home visits that are provided in the days following your birth. It’s very nourishing and restorative to be able to recover in your own home.
Homebirth midwives give families information and choices about their care. Your birth is truly yours.
For women with normal, low-risk pregnancies studies show that homebirth care reduces the risk of complications from unnecessary interventions. In fact, in a recent study of over 5,000 home births, women under the care of CPMs had substantially lower rates of intervention, including epidural, episiotomy, vacuum extraction, forceps-assisted delivery and cesarean sections. Homebirth midwifery care also yields higher rates of success with breastfeeding.