The Advantages of a Homebirth

These are just a few of the many Homebirth Advantages and benefits you will experience:
  • You have more control over your birth experience
  • Statistically safer
  • Promotes natural childbirth
  • You are not subject to routine hospital procedures
  • Limits medical management of pregnancy and birth
  • Privacy, comfort, security, and familiarity of your own home
  • Family-centered experience
  • Freedom of mobility
  • Encourages shorter labors
  • Reduces complication rates
  • Relaxed and peaceful setting
  • You can eat, drink, and bathe freely
  • You are less likely to need drugs or mechanical means to deliver
  • You and your baby have less chance of infection
  • Gentle experience for baby
  • No baby/mother separation
  • Uninterrupted bonding and breastfeeding
  • Higher level of commitment and responsibility of the parents

“Choosing to have an at home birth with Birth Matters was one of the best choices Brian and I have made. We were in charge of our own birth and we got to stay in the comfort of our own home, never having to worry about when to leave for the hospital or how long we’d have to stay there.”

– Alanna Farmer

Some disadvantages of an out-of-hospital-based birth:
  • Delayed access to blood products
  • Delayed access to emergency surgery
  • Higher level of commitment and responsibility of the parents
  • Possible lack of support from family
  • Possible lack of support from society
  • Possible transfer to hospital

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