Many pregnant women opt for a home birth, as they want to deliver their babies in the comfort of their homes. They feel more confident and in control as they can change their surroundings according to the requirements, on the big day.
Until the arrival of modern medicine, home births were the only method of delivering a baby. However, thanks to fewer maternal interventions and a shorter recovery time, they are acknowledged as safe for low-risk mothers. Women who give birth at home are found to be less likely to hemorrhage, or to experience lacerations or infections. In any case, medical experts who maintain that home births can be risky encourage pregnant women to get to the hospital as soon as they sense something is going wrong.
Planned Home Birth
The lighting, the temperature and various pain relief options available for a home birth (including massages and showers) may not be the perfect way to give birth for some women. However, we continue to witness more home births, with several women rating the experience as less painful than a hospital birth.
Midwives are trained to deliver babies outside the boundaries of a hospital. Professionally trained midwives also need to re-certify in Neonatal Resuscitation, Emergency Skills and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in case of an unforeseen incident. This is why it is important for expectant mums to screen good candidates for accompanying them during a home birth who know what has to be done before and after a home birth.
As soon as your baby is born, the midwife has a set of things that need to be checked carefully. Your midwife will check your baby’s height and weight, check for hernia and the reflexes and APGAR scoring. She will return to your home for doing the newborn screening (the heel stick) for sending it to the state. Midwives also make sure you have a pediatrician picked out. In case you haven’t, they will be happy to share their own list of pediatricians in your area or the ones they prefer. Moreover, some midwives are certified to carry medications in their kits, including Vitamin K or pitocin to stop bleeding after birth.
Generally, the birth certificate is written out on the day of the birth or the day after. Your midwife keeps all certified paperwork ready. Once all the details are filled out, you can have it processed.
As soon as you hire a midwife or a doctor for your home birth, you are given a list of things that you require on the big day. These may include items, such as a pan to catch the placenta. Typically, you can easily find several disposable 13×9 pans in a nearby local store. Not to worry, as your midwife will normally bring a home birth kit for you as you reach the end of your pregnancy. There are also specific tubs that are designed for quick inflation and come with a pump to drain the water. There are also special nozzle attachments for any home faucet and are available with specially fitted disposable liners.
After a home birth, you can simply drain the water, deflate and fold up the liner. Your midwife will pack it in the container it originally came from. The midwife will pack it in whichever container it was brought in originally.
The birthing kit also comes with an incredible disinfectant liquid for cleaning up all the mess and your birth tub after a home birth.
This article was written by Katie from Malta Sothebys Realty Property