Why Homebirth

Why would you chose a homebirth. Well you name it really. I can’t actually think of one reason that you wouldn’t choose a homebirth. First and foremost nobody can give you a cesarean at home.

The first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labour. — Michael Rosenthal, OB/GYN

This classic statement hits the nail on the head. If you are a regular healthy woman don’t leave your home.

The best outcomes for women come from a known midwifery care provider. There is oodles of research to back this up but to be honest it’s not funny feeling you have to justify this. When is the last time someone who was birthing at the hospital came up with a good valid reason to do so backed up with the obligatory double blind randomised controlled trial. I think the answer to that is NEVER.

There is so much scare mongering and fear surrounding birth that the midwives and Obs believe the rhetoric, they quote urban myths as if it’s truth. If you have a physiological third stage you will have an anaemic baby or a polycythemic one. If you don’t get the injection for the baby you will bleed to death. If you have ruptured membranes for more than 18 hours you will get an infection. If you get in the water after ruptured membranes you will sick the infected water into your uterus. If you don’t get induced at 40 weeks your baby will die, if you don’t have a section for breech your baby will die. I could go on and on and on.

Why do women put up with this? I have no idea. Many women say, homebirth isn’t that dangerous? I want to scream at them. ARE YOU MAD you are going to the hospital, do you know a single fact about it? 1 in 3 women in Australia get a cesarean section. Are Australians defunct when it comes to childbirth?

How can you get a care provider? Well you can get in touch with independent midwives in your state. That is the only way to get continuity of care. You could try group practice which is certainly better than the cattle market that is the clinic, but these midwives still have the rules and regulations of hospital hiding in the shadows and the midwives vary from the brilliant duckers and weavers to the jobs worth, straight shift, hates on call, average midwife. Why would you want to take a chance on your care provider when you can guarantee one.

Interview midwives choose one that suits your needs, someone who is on your wave length and can respect your wishes.

Start reading, I have library suggestions here. When I provide midwifery care I loan all books from my library to women with videos if they want and pictures antenatal education from looking at your pelvis to finding all about your family.

Stay safe, Stay home.

Here is an inspirational article on homebirth by the great John Stevenson. It pretty much sums up my philosophy of care.

6 responses to “Why Homebirth”

  1. Radical Midwife

    John Stevenson is so wonderful!

    Great post!

  2. Lisa Barrett

    He is. My very good friend Tania was one of the only 2 Australian’s that made it to the trust birth conference. I had lots of clients in March so wasn’t able to make it but she said it was amazing. It is great to see Him being honoured.

  3. tania

    Yessum…he may be 86 (he kept making reference to that, as if it might make some difference to how what he was saying might be received…) but he’s a true inspiration. I felt such sadness sitting there listening to his wisdom and knowledge knowing that when he is gone…it will mostly be lost and there will be sighs of relief all round from RANZCOG.

    Did I meet you radical midwife?

  4. Kristin

    Lisa, I love your blog. I only wish I had’ve met you when I was pregnant, and avoided that un neccessary surgery.

  5. Anonymous

    I have had 2 Home births & 1 hospital birth.

    My first child was a planned home birth.
    It was fantastic, we had a great Midwife & we had the birthing pool set up, quiet music, candles etc.
    Every time I went to lie down & rest my contractions would get worse, so I would get up again. After a couple of days, my midwife was tired & sugested that I go to the hospital to get painkillers & rest, so I went in the ambulance where I was forced to lie down.
    My contractions became stronger & my water broke 10 mins before we got to the hospital. They rushed me to the birthing rooms & I gave birth to my daughter withing 10 minutes of arriving. We had a bath & then went straight home.
    Should have just laid down sooner!! heh heh!!
    The second birth with my son was in a small country town in Wetsern Australia.
    I had the most amazing midwife. Her name was Helen & she had travelled the world helping mothers to give birth in places such as Antartica & even the red centre. She had even written her own book. I could not have asked for a better midwife.
    The doctors 80km away at the nearest hospital, hasseled her mercilessly to get her to try to get me to come in to the hospitlal & give birth because I was 2 weeks late & my local doctor was going to be away on holiday.
    I refused.
    My son's head was stuck on my pelvic bone & we had to do some interesting positions to move him!
    Eventually he came out, with the cord around his neck. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced.
    Unfortunately I was not able to have a natural birth with my 3rd child. He was still sitting too high, was 2 1/2 weeks late & I had to be induced, which was not successful. Then he was becoming stressed so they took me in for a ceaser. They had a hell of a time with the Epidural needle, so I opted for them to knock me out.
    I was so scared.
    When I awoke, the doctor shoived this baby into my arms & looked at him & remember thinking "This is not my child" He didn't look anything like the other two when they were born & I paniced thinking they had mixed him up.
    The poor little thing was so stressed & screaming. They were giving him antibiotics without me knowing. I didn't know until 2 days later when the nurse brought him in to me upset, because she had woke him with a needle. I was furious as my other two kids are llergic to penicillan & I would never have given consent to it.
    Turns out he is allergic too after he broke out in a rash.
    He wouldn't settle for them either. I couldn't go far & I got told off for leaving the ward to contact my mother-in-law.
    I left 2 days after the op. I couldn't wait to get out of there. I was in so much pain.
    I don't know how or why women would want to put their bodies through unecessary trauma. I can understand if there is a problem & there is need for a c-section, but if the mother is healthy, then there is no point.
    I often wonder what other things they did to my son without my knowing, while we were in the hosptial.
    My scar still bothers me. It gets really itchty & sore from time to time even though it is now 5 years later.
    A home birth is so much more natural & relaxing. You are in familiar surroundings, with people you know & love & want to share your experience with.
    Not like a hospital with dozens of doctors & nurses coming in & out looking up your hoo-ha, telling you nothing, chatting with the other doctors & then disappearing again.

  6. goldenstar

    A woman who might have had a successful home birth-where the baby might have been born healthy and remained healthy at home. With the ability to set a standard of temperature in the home environment that can lead to the baby having a stable temperature.

    That woman may have chosen to birth in the Hospital, not because the birth will could only go wrong in a home birth.

    But a baby who might have been born perfectly healthy at home. Is instead born in the Hospital through the Mother who fears childbirth could go wrong for her baby if her baby is not born in a Hospital setting.

    And For the Mothers peace of mind, for the reason she knows that the Hospital has a Neonatal Unit or medical care facility around for her baby, just incase theres that possibility a healthy baby might be in need of Neonatal Care/Medical Care during a period of time after the birth.

    I think it’s great if all Hospitals, could afford to warm the maternity wards-have women share those heated maternity wards to cut heating costs, so that less babies are seperated from Mothers when the babies are placed in Humidicribs.

    Healthy Babies with slight drop in temperatures when not in a Humidicrib contolled environment maybe admitted to the Neonatal Unit. So they can be placed in the temperature controlled environment of the Humidicrib. Or healthy Babies considered low birth weight by medical terms. Who are admitted to the Neonatal Unit based on Low Birth Weight-The Medical Term of Low Birth Weight of which is not an actual illness.

    These babies Might have a Slight/Or Moderate drop in temperature and can be put into a humidicrib. And might remain seperated from the Mother at times beause that baby might have a Slight/Or Moderate drop in temperature when taken out of the humidicrib.

    Which means the baby can be seperated from the Mother. By Hospital staff deciding the infant needs to be placed in the temperature controlled environment of the Humidicrib due to Slight/Or Moderate drop in temperature when taken outside of a humidicrib.

    The Hospital staff might use a process of keeping the infant in a humidctib for a period of time with weaning the infant off a Humidicrib. Who’s body is used to the temperature controlled environment of a humidcrib. But with Slight/Or moderate drop in temperature outside of the Humidicrib. The baby that might drop temperature.when taken out of a set temperature from inside a humidicrib, could already be ready to learn to bring there body temperature back up and keep there own body temperature regulated in an open crib. Which could mean trying to continue the process of wanting to wean an infant who is at the stage where they are capable of learning to regulate there body temperature in an open crib. Means it’s pointless to wean an infant who continues to maintain its temperature when in a temperature controlled environment of a humidicrib-but if there temperature drops each time they come out of the humidicrib is just as capable of learning to adjust its own body temperature in an open crib.

    A Staff Member/s might feel the Mother taking her healthy baby/Or healthy baby-Considered Low Birth Weight by Medical Staff Standards. Is unable to grow properly. If they feel the healthy baby is taken out of the humidicrib for any reason other then to be held for feedings.

    Even if the healthy baby is a good bottle feeder or capable breast feeder.

    The reason the healthy baby/healthy baby considered low birth weight by medical standards. Might not be able to come out of the humidicrib for other then having to be held for feedings.

    Is because of Slight/Or moderate drop through axillary temperature being taken.
    (Where a Slight/Or moderate drop in temperature when taken out of the humidicrib each time. Might be considered by Hospital Staff as Hyopthermia in the infant. Each time the baby drops it’s temp after being taken out of the Humidicrib each time.
    But if not an actual case of Hyporthermia every time the baby drops its temperature when taken out of the Humidicrib each time.
    But just an actual case of baby dropping temperature each time when taken out of a set Humidicrib temperature controlled environment.

    With healthy babies who are capable babies-in needing to learn to regulate body temperature outside of the Humidicrib (for continued weight gain and continued increase in feedings) In order for that baby to grow properly. Holding back on allowing the capable healthy baby to bring back up its own temperature back up outside of the humidicrib, when that baby is capable in learning to bring there temperature back up without illness. and with the capability of the infant still feeding and with the capability to still putting on weight when in an open crib.

    Can slow down the process of that baby’s progess with the infant who will grow more quickly with further feed intake and putting on even better weight gain once the baby has learnt to control its own temperature in an open crib.

    And once the baby is able to go maintan its own temperature and can go home, and at home the baby is feeding well and gaining weight still when at home. That can only increase the chances of that child growing properly.

    Rectal temperature is the most accurate/but least used method taking a temperature with axillary temperature being the more common usage of taking a newborns infant temperature in the Hospital/Neonatal Units.

    The modern era provides many methods for obtaining your newborn’s temperature. Different methods include using an oral thermometer in your newborn’s mouth, a rectal thermometer used in your child’s bottom or axillary, which is used under your baby’s underarm. When taking your newborn’s temperature rectally, the reading is typically 1 degree Fahrenheit more than if you were to take her temperature orally, according to the Mayo Clinic. Taking your newborn’s temperature under her arm (axillary temperature) is generally one degree Fahrenheit less than if you were to take her temperature orally. And may not provide the most reliable reading, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    Time Frame
    Depending upon the method used to obtain your newborn’s temperature and the type of thermometer, some readings are instant while others take several moments. Certain digital thermometers provide an instant reading while other digital monitors may take up to three minutes but provide an accurate reading so there’s no guess work in determining your baby’s temperature. Mercury thermometers, or glass thermometers, take several minutes to fully measure body temperature and the reading is displayed on a bar with lines. The lines on the mercury thermometers are measurements on the glass which you read to determine the temperature, which if not held correctly can give an inaccurate reading.

    The other reasons the Mother has to leave her healthy baby behind in a Humidicrib. Is if the Mother needs to sleep (so she can be at her best for caring for the baby, when given the chances to do so.) Or because theres no room for the Mother/s to always be with there baby when the need arises for more space for Mothers who have recently birthed a baby/babis. Or if the Mother is taking the Nurse/Medwife out of her comfort zone by always being around her baby, while the nurse/Medwife is there to get on with her job of caring for the baby/babies.