As birth in our country becomes more uncertain for some due to the pandemic of Covid-19, we and our sister homebirth midwives have been inundated with requests for more information regarding homebirth. While we understand the distress that hospitals are creating with limiting or banning partners, families and other support people, we need families to understand that while we believe homebirth is as safe or safer than hospital birth, it may not be the best option for those so choosing out of fear, frustration or anxiety.
As our families who have chosen the option of homebirth after educating themselves, it is imperative that you are committed to this option. Safe homebirth is built on informed consent and a trusting relationship with your midwife, which develops over many months. This relationship is more difficult to develop in just a few short weeks, and potentially puts us at risk if we are not fully trusted.
Furthermore, we already have families depending on us for their care, which is not just the typical run in, deliver a baby, and leave kind of care. We arrive at a home when the mother is in active labor and stay at least 2-3 hours after delivery - this can account for several hours. What we do is labor and mentally intensive.
Finally there may be a reason that a hospital transfer is needed. For mother’s who have vaginally delivered before this is highly unlikely but always a possibility.
If you are at all considering the option of homebirth, please listen to our podcast episode 4 of Midwife Partners Birth Truth, in which one of our first-time moms discusses why she chose homebirth, and also watch “Why Not Home”, a documentary about phusicians and other healthcare providers choosing homebirth, htips://www.whynothome.com/
And one last comment. Yes, we all have fees for our services . High deductibles and coinsurance may make homebirth a cheaper option due to a hospital birth costing much more than homebirth.. But again, you must choose homebirth because you have decided it is best for you.
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