Home Birth vs Hospital Birth: Which is Right for You?

Published December 27, 2018 by

In recent years there has been a trend in expectant mothers stepping away from traditional birthing settings in favor of delivering at home.

road signs saying to pick either hospital or home birth lanes

Of course, neither option is always best for every single woman and child. Much of this decision will come down to personal preference, but there are still a few facts you should know beforehand to make sure that your birthing plan is safe for both you and your baby.

What to Expect from a Home Birth

Even if you elect to give birth in the comfort of your own home, you should have some sort of licensed and experienced professional there to guide you through the process. Many women will utilize the assistance of a certified nurse-midwife or certified midwife for this exact purpose.

The primary benefits associated with a home birth include:

  • Having less restriction in regards to who may be present for the birth and what you can eat or drink during the delivery
  • Choosing a delivery position that you feel works best
  • Being less constrained by monitors, IVs, and other machinery
  • Lowered delivery costs
  • Less risk of contracting a viral disease from other patients nearby

Essentially, women are allowed more freedoms when it comes to having a home birth. However, this is not always ideal, especially when you consider the risks involved. Along with elevated risks, many choose to forego a home birth because of other factors, such as:

  • Not having any pain medication or epidural available
  • Extra responsibilities like cleaning up after the birth, continually recording vitals for both you and your baby, and needing to file all necessary documents after the birth yourself
  • Decreased likelihood of having your birthing expenses covered by insurance

How to Simplify Your Decision

When it comes to choosing between a home birth and a hospital birth, a lot of the conversation comes down to 2 things:

  • How safe it is for you and your baby
  • How comfortable you feel in the environment

If you are considering a home birth and whether or not it may be beneficial for you in comparison to a hospital birth then the first step is always to speak with your obstetrician about it. They will be your best resource in regards to the potential risks and complications that apply specifically to you and your pregnancy during a home birth.

Another important factor is your personal opinion on the matter. You need to feel comfortable with your birthing plan. Again, your obstetrician will be able to provide more information on the hospital’s particular policies, and may even be able to allow you a bit of wiggle room in terms of specific requests during the labor and delivery process. 

Contact Downriver Obstetrics & Gynecology at (734) 671-2110 for more information!


Sources:

http://www.mothermag.com/home-birth-vs-hospital-birth/ https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/home-birth-vs-hospital-birth#what-to-expect

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