I am SO excited to share with you the thought process and reasoning behind why WE are choosing to have a home birth with baby #2 due in April!
First lets address a few things:
1. I am NOT super granola-ie(Is that even a word?) I DO try to make the best most informed decisions I can when it comes to my families health- are we perfect NO. Do we enjoy some ice cream and Lil Debbies snack cakes every once in a while, YES.
2. I did not do it to prove anything to anyone!
3. Home birth is not for everyone and that is 100% OK. What kind of world would it be if we were all alike??
4. I am not a medical professional.
Ok, so now that we got those little discrepancies out of the way lets dive into the reasons I chose home birth!
1. Both of my pregnancies have been healthy, low risk and so far uneventful. I am thankful for all of these things- if it were otherwise I would be re-evaluating our decisions.
2. Lucy was born in the hospital, with no interventions and no complications- we had to stay in the hospital for a few days due to “protocol” which was very hard.
3. My husband was my right hand man, my doula, my coach and everything I needed during that time. (Yay for super awesome husbands and prayer 🙂
4. We paid over $10,000 for an intervention free hospital birth. At the time that I got pregnant all we could afford in the way of insurance was a high deductible plan. (Since then we have switched to a really amazing alternative to health care called Samaritans Ministries and it has been a BLESSING)
5. I am confident in my bodies ability to birth this baby! (WOW- this is a big one. My body was created to do this. Does it hurt, yes. Is it hard, yes. But I know that I am capable and can overcome to produce this baby the way I am intended to.
6. A comfortable environment- My home where I can control my environment, wear my own clothes, take a shower in my own shower- be in my calm and comfort. Emotions (fear, anxiety and discomfort) can slow down your labor and have other negative effects during birth.
We are easy going- if things change and it is no longer safe to have a home birth then we will have no problem at all doing whatever it is that we need to do in order to have a healthy baby! We are excited to see how this journey plays out and I can’t wait to share with you the knowledge I gain and the tips I learn to prepare for the home birth in our future!
Did you have a home birth? If so, what did you do to prepare?! (Share in the comments!)