Take two minutes to breathe deeply and envision the most perfect childbirth.
Who is with you?
What kind of beautiful or familiar environment are you in?
What surrounds you to give you strength and comfort?
Ahhhh. . . .
It feels good to be in control and have things your way, doesn’t it? It’s comforting, freeing and empowering.
This is homebirth.
Without the stresses generally associated with physician-attended births (unfamiliar people and environment, hospital schedules and policies, bright unnatural lighting, unknown tests, etc.), you are able to relax into your labor.
In a warm, familiar environment, you are able to give yourself the gift of space: for your body’s rhythm to take its natural course, to discover strength within yourself, and, most importantly, to love your baby.
Just as each woman’s dream childbirth is different, each homebirth story is different. It is the role of a midwife to help each dream come true, within the parameters set by the baby’s unique journey into the world. The midwife is a guide, mentor, educator, and professional dedicated to the most modern techniques to guard the safety of mother and baby.
For women with low-risk pregnancies, homebirth with a qualified midwife is as safe as hospital births. In fact, reducing stress and elevating comfort and joy has been shown to reduce pain and the need for unnecessary procedures, which can lead to other complications.
If you are interested in birthing at home with a midwife, click here to find a midwife in your area.