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Is A Home Birth Right For You? The Pros & Cons

There are so many ways to bring a new baby into the family that one can easily feel overwhelmed. The best way to feel good about the choice one is making is to ensure that they are making an informed decision by researching all options and picking the one that makes the most sense for you and your baby.

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Homebirth is an option that many women opt for as they worry about the stressful and uncontrollable environments that the hospitals can provide. However, there are both pros and cons to this choice. Let's explore them below.

10 Pro: You Have More Control

When a woman is giving birth in a hospital she is going to have to listen to the hospital policies and procedures when it comes to delivery. But with a home birth, you are going to have more control over all throughout the whole process.

This means if you think you would feel more comfortable in a certain position over another then you have the freedom to do what you want. So if you are looking for control during your birth then a home birth might be for you.

9 Con: Have To Hire Your Own Midwife

Once you find out that you are going to have a baby at a hospital all you have to do is select their OB/GYN you want to work with. Births are not that easy. You have to do more research about your choice in home birth and you are going to have to hire your own midwife.

This can be tough since you most likely do not know what specific questions you are going to have to ask them to make sure you are hiring someone's knowledge about birthing and labor.

8 Pro: Privacy

Did you ever notice who busy hospitals are? There are so many people there from patients, doctors, visitors, and nursers it can feel overwhelming sometimes from all of the hustle. One of the biggest downsides of having your baby in the hospital is there is no privacy.

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There are constantly new nurses coming in and check on you that it can feel like everyone has seen your private areas. Home births allow you to control who is with you and how many people see you when you are at your most vulnerable.

7 Con: Faster Recovery With Hospitals

If you are going to have a home birth you are going to need to know that you are not going to have an as fast recovery as you can if you were to have your baby in the hospital. This is because in the hospital they have more tools and resources to help you when you are in labor and delivery than a home birth.

They also have better medicine to help you after birth too. So if you are concerned about recovery after labor then you might want to have a birth in the hospital.

6 Pro: Can Have A Natural Birth

Many times if a woman has a baby in a hospital if a doctor recommends something else for delivery, many times a patient can feel pressure to oblige. This can be seen when it comes to the epidurals.

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Some women want to experience the whole process of having their baby and in the hospital when a doctor recommends it they can feel over emotional and say yes even though they always wanted a natural birth. Remember when it comes to deciding if you want a home birth or not listen to what you think you will feel most comfortable with.

5 Con: No Medicine

There can be times when you are in labor when things can feel too intense. This can be because of pain and you might want some medicine to help you through it. But this is also true when it comes to how long you are in labor.

If you are experiencing a long labor you might start getting dehydrated over time and not having an IV setup can become dangerous. Make sure you talk over every option when you're talking to your OB/GYN to go over every option to see if you should have a home birth.

4 Pro: Can Cost Less

Being in the hospital for anything can be expensive. Even though your insurance might cover some of the costs, there are going to be fees that you are going to end up paying out of pocket for. Hospitals charge you for everything, from the room, any medicine, the doctor's fee, even the food that you eat is charged to your room.

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A home birth can cost a lot less because there are no extra fees. Home births can be good for you if you are looking for an affordable way to have your baby.

3 Con: If You Need A Doctor Will Have To Call An Ambulance

In labor, you want to feel as relaxed as possible to help it go fast. But during labor things can be different than you ever pictured it. If you are having any difficulties during your labor and your midwife can't handle it then you are going to have to call an ambulance to take you to the hospital.

This can make you feel stressed out even more so than whatever is going wrong. When you are at the hospital they might not end up alloying your midwife to be with if due to their policies.

2 Pro: You Can Feel More Comfortable

As we mentioned before when you are in labor you want to feel as relaxed as possible to help with the delivery process. Being in a strange setting like a hospital with strange people can make you feel tense.

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One of the most popular reasons that people decide to have a home birth is because they can feel comfortable. Being in the home is already a safe place for them so why won’t they want to welcome their baby into the world there? Let your baby be born in their home with a home birth.

1 Con: There Can Be Risk

During labor, anything can happen. Even though we are always hoping for the best, sometimes things go completely differently than planned. If you are having a home birth you are not going to be able to have the support you need if anything goes wrong.

At a hospital, there are teams of trained nurses and doctors as well as having special tools to help them in these situations. For a home birth if something goes wrong there can be more risk since your midwife might not know how to handle every situation.

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