Your top five reasons for choosing a homebirth?
here are mine,
1. I wanted a more personal excpeience when my baby came into the world. I wanted time to bond with him before they took him out of my arms to do all that newborn stuff hospitals do
2 I wanted the freedom to do what I wanted in labor.
3. I didn't want the epidural so easily available.
4. Hospitals make me nervous and worried about the fact that they might not respect my wishes.
5. Home is just a lot more comfortable.
Mine (in no real particular order)
1. I'm terrified of hospitals and doctors.
2. I'm a control freak and I don't want to be told what to do, what position to be in, that I should take the epi, take the risk, and let the docs have their fun.
3. I want to be able to bond with baby right away and be able to watch DH bond with baby.
4. Research says it's safer.
5. I want to be able to eat my way through contractions should I feel inclined to do so.
1. The freedom!!!
2. Comforting surroundings
3. No ridiculous testing
4. No stupid hospital policy
5. No dr or nurses
1. Privacy - I hate being poked and prodded and on display for strangers. I REALLY hate it.
2. The opportunity to waterbirth. You can labour in the tub at our local hospital, but can't birth there.
3. Being in control. I want to be the one calling the shots when I'm in labour, doing what I feel like I need to do and just being able to listen to my body.
4. The recovery time. I hate the noise and chaos of the post partum unit at our hospital. I love being in my OWN bed, using my OWN shower, eating my own food, not being interrupted while trying to breastfeed, not being awakened to have my vital signs checked when I have finally just fallen asleep!!!! And for some reason, our Big Fat Non-Greek Family respects my wishes about staying away for a few days when we're home - in the hospital, I had visitors constantly! I guess because it's a public place, people don't feel like they are imposing? But in your own home, people get that it's kind of rude to just show up without an invitation. :)
5. No interventions, and no fighting. I escaped the interventions I wanted to with my hospital births, but I had to fight for it! Argued with the nurse about EFM because I was having back labour with #2. I was flat on my back for the NST for 20minutes and in total agony! Well, the thing had slipped and she wanted me to do it over. NO WAY. There was no reason to suspect that baby was in any distress, all my checks had been fine. I jumped out of bed and told her frequent checks with the doppler would be just fine and to let me walk around. She wasn't very nice after that. They threatened to break my waters with #2, I had to fight with them about not doing that. They wanted to do an episiotomy and use a vaccum for #1, I had to fight with them to let me push a little longer and she was born just fine a little later. At home, I don't have to fight because my midwife believes in me too!
1) I think the intimacy of me my husband, daughter and midwife being the only ones at the birth will make a better start for out family. I think it's my jobto make sure my son's entrance into the world is as pleasant and peaceful as possible and home is where that will happen.
2) NO drugs. Not even an option. I firmly believe they are bad for you, but I know that caving in the hospital is possible.
3) I'm not a patient. I'm not sick. This is what my body is made to do and I don't need a doctor's permission or assistance or scalpels for it.
4) No stress. Yes, I could prob B*itch loud enough not to have any interventions in the hospital, but why should it be so hard? It shouldn't.
5) My midwife actually cares about ME and my BABY and my HUSBAND. My family is important to her. The measures she takes and how she treats us is a reflection of simply that and not to cover her own #####
6) I'm in control, not the doc.I don't have to fight with anyone, I can just relax. isn't that how it should be anyway?
Ok, so you only asked for five, but I'm an overachiever what can I say.
1. privacy and intimacy
2. being in control of what my body does
3. being the first person that my baby sees, and the first one to hold him.
4. being able to do things as nature intended.
5. the avoidance of all the poking and prodding they would do to my baby and I in the hospital.
here here Abbey! My sentiments exactly!
1: Incredibly lessened amount of interventions and needles
2: Controlling who is there and who tells me what to do
3: Taking my sweet time on my baby's schedule not the L&D schedule
4: Sense of security and relaxation at home that I hope will speed birth as I wont be so scared
5: DH is completely involved here, and is the coach
1 Convience-I have three boys,speedy labours so it is much easier to get a babysitter to me than having to get them up and ready then round MIL's while in labour.Id rather risk them see me give birth then do it in the car and if I labour over night they can keep in bed
2 Its a lot easier for SO,no up and down the hospital with three others
3 Ive got everything here I want,my own food,drink and other goodies
4 I dont do pain meds dont want to and want to take the temptation away as in transition ive asked for them,didnt get them thankfully
5 I dont want students giving me regular internals,I dont want to be confined to one room and I want to be able to rest in my own bed with my family around me
I have had three great hospital births too,so nervous but for this baby homebirth seems to be the best option.
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