I was asked a couple of days ago if I am anti-homebirth now, that this series sounds snarky and like I am really telling women that homebirth isn’t safe at all anymore. Really, really, if I didn’t think there were any homebirth midwives that were qualified to attend to women, I would totally say so. What I’m saying here is what I believe will help women find the right provider for themselves as well as finding one that can keep the woman and her baby safe.
When I talk about the midwife keeping the mom and baby safe and alive, I am not just speaking about during the labor, birth and postpartum time exclusively, but also during the pregnancy. It takes a great deal of skill and experience to catch the nuances of a pregnancy stepping out of the bounds of normal, too. Knowing when to intervene and/or refer to a doctor is a crucial skill. I’m writing this series for those that want a homebirth and who think they might want one… giving the insider information that can help aid a woman’s/family’s search.
As I’ve said before, there are trade-offs when choosing either home or hospital births. Each one has their complication factors, either created or surprise. Each woman has the responsibility (and right!) to weigh the risks and to decide for herself within which risks she is willing to work –and live with for the rest of her life. Many aspects of our lives are risky and we weigh them with the potential benefits every single day. This home vs. hospital choice is no different.