The birth of a child is a very important event that will affect a family forever. As such, choosing the right provider and the right place of birth is an important factor to consider. Midwives recognize pregnancy and birth as normal life events. Homebirth has not only proven to be beneficial for the birthing person, but for the baby and partner as well because:
- The care offered is individualized, which means that all the decisions made about your care or your baby’s care are made together with you. You will be provided with educational tools and information to make an informed, safe decision.
- Midwives offer evidence-based care, which means that we are up-to-date on the research regarding pregnancy, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding.
- Your care is delivered in your own home or our birth center, which means you can feel comfortable and move around without restrictions. You are in control of the situation.
- The normal process of birth is not interrupted. As your body moves in response to the labor, progress happens more easily, decreasing the need for medical intervention.
- Bonding with your baby is facilitated through immediate skin-to-skin contact, delayed cord clamping and the early initiation of breastfeeding. You will never be separated from your baby or your partner in a home birth.
- Giving birth with a licensed midwife offers a measure of control that is generally unavailable in the hospital (freedom to move, eat, bathe).
Homebirth is for anyone who wants to receive individualized, respectful and low intervention care AND whose pregnancy is not complicated by any medical condition. Homebirth is for couples seeking to be heard and to have their questions answered but who also are healthy and practice a healthy lifestyle.
Not normally. In Texas, licensed midwives are recognized as primary care givers from conception to 6 weeks postpartum for both you and baby. That being said, it is part of your midwifes job to be aware of any reason to refer you to a specialist, or even transfer care to an obstetrician.
Recently published studies show that planned home births with skilled midwives are safe for low-risk pregnancies. Evidence also demonstrates that those at low risk of complications during the birth have the same outcomes, whether they have their baby in the hospital or in their home with qualified midwives.
The World Health Organization estimates that around 15% of all pregnancies will develop a complication that call for skilled care and some will require a major obstetrical intervention. Your midwife will advise and discuss with you if there is a need for transfer to the hospital. A plan for transfer is put in place during the prenatal period after discussion on which would be the most appropriate hospital for transfer. Midwives are trained to recognize early signs when something is not right.
While at home you do not have the option of an epidural however, many find that birth in their own home is less painful than in a hospital. Midwives use water, massage, acupressure, and other therapies to guide you in relaxing and opening. You will also have a supportive birth team that may include your partner, a friend, a family member, or doula that would provide comfort during labor. Also, take into consideration that freedom of movement and rest helps you to work with your body and make the contractions more manageable.
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Sometimes. If you would like to see if your insurance plan will cover your pregnancy, birth and postpartum care, we will work with your insurance company to verify coverage and file for benefits.
Of course! We do many waterbirths and we have several tubs available to use for your labor whether you plan to deliver in water or not. It is difficult (if not impossible) to know how you will feel when you are in labor. Some people who adore the water find that they do NOT like it in labor or they might love it. Others who have no particular attraction to water find it to be a great relief in labor or delivery. The majority of the time it offers significant comfort and relief which is why we recommend it.
Sure! If you are having a low-risk, healthy pregnancy, it doesn’t matter whether you are having your first baby or your tenth. Many of our clients are first-timers and have beautiful out of hospital births.