“Mom, I’m used to doing my own thing,”
(I get it)
“I can’t live on lettuce, I’m not a rabbit!”
( I’m partial to rabbit food)
“This town is boring.”
“I’m hungry. There’s nothing to eat.”
(We just went shopping yesterday.)
“I miss the dining hall.”
(That’s quite an act to follow!)
“I’m going out in the yard to play golf.”
“I don’t even play golf but it’s something to do.”
“Where are you going?”
(Down to the pond to listen to the frogs)
“I need a haircut.”
(I can offer you a hairbrush?)
“My professors are so tech challenged.”
“I think I’ll go climb a tree.”
“Mom, what’s for dinner?”
“Where can I give birth safely?”
Across Planet Earth women are asking this question right now.
The most carefully designed birth plans are “up in the air” as COVID-19’s sweep
brings change to every aspect of our lives.
As a Childbirth Educator, I strongly encourage every woman to
listen to her powerful intuition to guide her in choosing
How and Where to give birth.
The same question I frequently ask, holds true now:
“Where do you feel safe?”
What exactly does this mean?
Do you like the smells?
Are the sounds pleasing to you?
Does the lighting help you relax?
Do you trust your birth team?
Do you feel respected?
In short, the same conditions you create to make love
are the same conditions needed
to give birth.
The options are fewer now.
Pregnant mamas have recently been sharing with me
that they feel safest quarantined at home.
Might giving birth at home be a reasonable choice?
5 Reasons to Choose HOMEBIRTH
1. Physical safety
Giving birth at home minimizes over exposure to
viruses and bacteria.
You have control over the cleanliness of your home,
who enters and who doesn’t.
In your home, the environmental flora is familiar.
The only people entering your safe and protected space
are the midwives (usually two).
2. Emotional safety
Pandemic fear and panic have become common talk.
This is an impossible situation to give birth in.
Fear, in fact, stops the birthing process.
At home, you can protect yourself from the media
and prepare a sacred birthing space that
promotes peace and relaxation.
3. Home is where the heart is
In the home you and your partner have created,
Love and well being hormones
can flow more easily, naturally supporting the birthing process.
You can design your birthing space!
Use your favorite colors, scents, sounds and comfort tools like
the shower and bathtub and/or birthing tub!
Where there is pleasure, pain diminishes.
4. Professional Homebirth MIdwives are highly skilled
Homebirth midwives have a profound trust in birth as a natural process.
Surrounding yourself with birth attendants who trust in your ability to give birth
allows for a supportive and empowering experience.
They are also well trained in effectively responding to any emergency situations,
in the rare case that one might arise.
5. Freedom of Movement
This is one of the biggest reasons to consider birthing at home!
As we know, the human birth canal is not a straight chute.
A baby has to twist and turn to navigate the journey of birth.
Walking, dancing, climbing stairs and gardening
help ease labor tremendously and move your baby into a
favorable birthing position naturally.
At home you are free to follow your rhythms and needs...
to move...to rest...to drink...to eat….in order to stay strong, balanced,
and enjoy giving birth!