Home birth is a beautiful and grounding birth option that allows you to experience birth your own way from the comfort of your home.
Home birth may be an option for you if:
•You are having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy
•You want to share the experience with family and friends
•You want to be free to move around, change positions, take a shower, and eat or drink freely during labor
•You want to enjoy the comforts of your home and familiar surroundingshttps://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/home-birth
“Benefits of planned home birth include lower rates of maternal morbidity, such as postpartum hemorrhage, and perineal lacerations, and lower rates of interventions such as episiotomy, instrumental vaginal birth, and cesarean birth.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4399594/
“An average uncomplicated vaginal birth costs about 60% less in a home than in a hospital.”https://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/home-birth/
Although you don’t need much more than your body to give birth, it’s helpful to have plenty of supplies to create a comforting and relaxing environment that can address any issues should they arise.
The birth supplies you’ll need will depend on whether you’re having a midwife or an unassisted birth. If you’re getting a midwife, you’ll want to ask what they will supply, otherwise you’ll need to get most items yourself.
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If using a birth pool and planning a water birth, there are a few additional items you may want or need.
•Blood Pressure Cuff and Stethoscope
•Umbilical Cord Clamp