In recent times, the number of women choosing to have home deliveries has increased drastically. Some do it for the many benefits and others because they don’t really have a choice. If you are grappling with this decision too, here are some things you need to know about home deliveries.
Here are some of the reasons why some women had rather give birth at home instead of the hospital:
Home delivery is fine if you have a normal pregnancy that requires conventional birth procedures. It is, however, recommended that you give birth in the hospital if you are expecting multiples. It is also advisable to avoid a home birth if the baby is not in a head-first position. Also, it would be dangerous to give birth at home if you have had a previous C-section. These situations could pose complications that require the intervention of a doctor.
The most essential requirement for a successful home birth is a trained health care provider. You should find a well-trained midwife or home delivery doctor before your due date. You must then create a birth plan for factors such as pain relief and where exactly you will give birth. You should also prepare for a hospital transfer should it become necessary.
Conclusively, home births are for the strong-hearted. By this, I mean that you should consider it if you can give birth without any pain relief. Whatever your reasons, however, be prepared to transfer to the hospital if anything goes wrong.
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