Homebirth provides a familiar and safe environment for birthing. This helps to keep stress hormones low, and positive birth hormones high, and can therefore make the birth easier and less painful.
Women choose a homebirth because they believe in their body’s ability to birth normally and naturally, wish to involve their partner and other children, or prefer to minimise the chance of intervention in their labour. And because let's face it: pregnancy and birth are normal, healthy and natural experiences. We don't go to hospital to experience other normal, healthy and natural bodily experiences such as food digestion, urination, menstruation, defecation .... we trust that our bodies work, and that these processes work too. Provided that a woman's pregnancy is healthy and that labour starts at term with a healthy baby, home is a safe place to give birth and to be born.
Women choose homebirth for many reasons:
- To experience fewer complications in labour
- To reduce the chance of unnecessary interventions
- To use less pain medication
- To lower their chance of a caesarean from about 30% to around 5%
- To remain in comfortable and familiar surroundings
- To have a baby who has fewer problems after the birth
- To increase their success with breastfeeding
- To avoid time limits being imposed on labour and birth
- To experience antenatal and postnatal visits with their own midwife of choice
- To provide a gentle birth for their baby
- To involve other siblings and family in the birth
- To have choice and control in how they give birth
- To minimise birth trauma
- To receive care from the same chosen midwife from early pregnancy through to birth and six weeks postnatal
- To benefit from having more choices available
- To benefit from sound education and birth preparation
- To have a great birth!
Melissa Maimann is an endorsed eligible midwife in private practice in Sydney. One of the first eligible midwives in Australia, Melissa now offers a range of care options for women including private midwifery care, antenatal shared care and birth support. Visit Melissa's website to learn more about her services.