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10 reasons for the mother to birth at home

In order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings - especially babies - require the kind of experience to which our species adapted to during the long process of our evolution. (J.Liedloff – The continuum concept )

1. You are in your comfort zone. Instead of traveling during labour (which can disrupt your labour pattern), you are free to do what you want in your home. You don't need to fit to anyone else' s protocols or routines, you can create your own.

2. You can eat and drink to your heart's content. For your tissues to dilate and expand so the baby can pass through, they need plenty of water. Sipping water, special birthing teas or sucking ice cubes during birth is very beneficiary. Also your body is using a lot of energy in labour, and you may need to eat something nutritious to replenish that energy. In the hospital, they don't let you attend to these basic needs of your body.

3. No interventions. No induction. Home births always start spontaneously when the baby is mature and ready to be born. You won't need to worry about the pain and inconvenience of being tied to an IV or the electronic fetal monitoring machine, nor the repeated vaginal exams. No one can slip you a little oxytocin to make your birth faster and much more painful, or break your waters for that matter. There is no hurry in a home birth and all present respect the fact that your baby will be born in its own time, with its own unique way.

4. Labor and birth in whatever position you want. You're not limited to the bed in a semi-sitting position or lying on your back, which both delay labour immensely. At home you can walk around, dance, rock in a chair, bounce on a birthing ball or lean on the wall. You can give birth standing up, in a birth pool, on your hands and knees or hugging your partner. You can tune into your birthing rhythm and allow your natural birthing drug cocktail take you in another state of being, the primal one.

5. Your baby is born into your own environment, not in one full of harmful germs. Hospitals are made for sick people. It is not uncommon for newborns and their mothers to contract infections and disease during their stay or take antibiotics to prevent it. At home, you are surrounded by your own germs that you are used to living with and which are no threat to you or your newborn.

6. Your baby is born in the most gentle and loving way. By giving birth at home you can protect the baby from receiving shots, tests or any other trauma in the first hours and days after birth. Babies first imprint will be that of gentle love and warm welcome and will stay with him for the rest of his-her life

7. You don t have to worry about when to go to the hospital since your care-providers come to you. Continuous one-on-one care is given by the midwife, providing ongoing assessment of the baby's and mother's condition throughout the birth process and postpartum period. Your care provider knows you well and you know your care provider. A trust relationship has been established that feels like a warm and open hearted friendship.