Thursday, August 27, 2009

Natural Homebirth: You've got questions; I have a few answers

Most of the time when I tell people we're planning a natural home birth for baby number two, most responses are often thwarted by shear surprise and astonishment. And questions about the whole scenario always follow.

Some of the most common questions have included :

"Can they bring epidurals to your house?"
(Answer: No, not unless it's in the form of a couple shots of whiskey.)

"Aren't you afraid your bed will get dirty?"
(Answer: Not terribly because I'd like to deliver the baby in the birthing tub.)

"You want to deliver in a tub?! Won't the baby drown if you give birth in the tub?"
(Answer: No, baby will not take a breath until his face hits the air.)

"Why wouldn't you go to the hospital?"

Well, that one is going to take a little more than a sentence to answer. And before I answer it, I was wondering if any of you have questions about natural, home-based water births? I'd love to answer them in my next post detailing why we chose this route, and why we're praying for a normal, natural birth here in our home. Feel free to ask via comment or e-mail.


  1. Are you nervous about there not being appropriate medical care right there should an emergency arise? I'm considering a birth center water birth when we have our next baby since most hospitals refuse VBAC, but I'm terrified of the "what ifs" and the guilt that I would have if something went wrong and I couldn't get the care I or baby needed as quickly as if I were at a hospital... but I also don't want another c/s as that was horrible.

  2. Don't you need medical care for yourself and the baby after the birth? Doesn't the baby need to be checked by a doctor?

  3. I am so excited for you - and wish you all the best! I wish I had known more and considered a homebirth for my kiddos. I can just imagine how peaceful and serene it would be. Best of luck!

  4. I'm just so excited for you!! (and a little bit jealous lol) You're going to do awesome! :) I can't wait to hear all about it!

  5. I'm sure it will be an awesome experience. I also wonder about medical care in case an emergency occurs. Will they have oxygen ready for the baby in case it is needed? When my daughter was born, she was purplish in color and they had to put her on oxygen right away. Thanks so much for all the information about this beautiful way to share the birth experience at home. Love the new layout too!


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