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Is a Home Birth Right For You? A Natural Childbirth Video May Help You Decide

Aug 25, 2008
Natural childbirth is becoming more and more the norm. More mothers are deciding to forgo the hospital and medical intervention for a home birth, and even birthing in water.

It can be a safe and satisfying choice if you think it through and have everything you need in place.

What does it take to have a home birth?

Second pregnancies are better.

You really never know what's going to happen during your first labor, it is sometimes advised to have your homebirth for your second child instead of your first.

Of course, every birth is different, but once you have had one baby you know you can do it, your confidence is boosted and you know what it is going to entail.

You also will already know if you had complications or problems that may require medical attention the first time around.

A Certified Midwife

Unless you are going unassisted you are going to need a midwife to catch your baby at a home birth. It may not be as easy as you think to find a midwife who will be willing to do a homebirth, so make sure you find a qualified midwife early in your pregnancy so you can freely plan your homebirth.

A Doula

This is not a must, but a doula makes the process of birthing much easier and she can help you in so many ways.

Having a doula can decrease the time of your labor and can increase your feelings of well being and your overall mood about birthing.

She can help you stay on track, and stay focused on your breathing and whatever other tools you are employing in your natural childbirth.

A large tub for a waterbirth

If you have decided you would like to labor or birth in water you will need to get a large pool. You can use a kiddie pool, these will generally work, but there are birthing pools available. The sides of the birthing pool are generally more sturdy so you can sit and lean on them without worrying they might cave in.

As you can see there is not much that goes in to having a home birth. What you will need more than things is a willing and open attitude and to have managed and disolved any fear you have around the birthing process.

The people involved can help you with that as well. Giving birth at home, at your pace, with no directives or threats of medical intervention can be a wonderful experience and a gentle way to bring your baby in to the world.
About the Author
Watching a natural childbirth video can help alleviate fears and concerns about having a homebirth. For a variety of natural childbirth videos stop by the Natural Pregnancy Project.
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