Every woman has different preferences when it comes to childbirth but when it is your first time, it can feel quite overwhelming. Taking in all the options and deciding what is for you does – and should – take time. You need to think carefully and weigh up any potential risks as well as figure out what will make you feel most comfortable.
Whether you choose a homebirth or you would rather go into a local birth center, the most important thing is that you feel confident that your baby will be delivered safely. To make this judgment, you need to have all the information at your fingertips.
Going to a medical facility may not feel as comfortable as your own home but the major advantage is that should anything out of the ordinary happen, you are in the right place. One of the causes of birth injuries is the failure to order a timely caesarian and a home birth can delay your delivery simply because you won’t get to the surgery as quickly.
If your pregnancy has been complicated or you are worried that your baby is in an awkward position, you should definitely consider going to a birth center. You will still have plenty of choice when it comes to the pain relief you choose and whether you would prefer a water birth so you can still do things your way to an extent.
Home births are not a common choice but they are slowly rising in popularity. One of the main reasons women choose to give birth at home is that they want to give birth without medical intervention in the comfort of their own home. However, there are some pros and cons to consider before going down this route.
A home birth will still require a medical professional’s assistance from a midwife but they won’t have the same tools and equipment they would have in a birth center. Even with what should be a straightforward birth, you may still end up transferring to hospital if the labor isn’t progressing quickly or you encounter problems.
Working with a Doula
Though a doula is not a medical professional, many women appreciate having an experienced doula with them to help stay calm. While a midwife will focus on the medical side of things, a doula can offer more holistic support using soothing essential oils.
Again, working with a doula isn’t for everyone and it’s important that you develop a strong rapport towards the end of your pregnancy to get the most from the relationship. For many women who don’t have experienced female friends or family members, having someone to share your natural worries with is really beneficial.
However you choose to give birth, planning ahead is vital. Though you might not be able to choose the time or place labor begins (that’s up to bump!), if you have a plan in place, you can at least stay calm when the inevitable happens and just follow your instructions. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel.