What are the advantages/disadvantages of giving birth at home and in the hospital?
Choosing whether to give birth at home or in a hospital each have their pros and cons. What are the advantages and disadvantages from your experiences?
I had 2 hospital births and 2 home births. Every birth is a unique esperience but my home births were so much less stressful. What was nice about my first birth was I was able to use the tub for labor and that was very comfortable and supportive. With my first child I had a doctor who at a critical moment,( he was unsure which way to turn my sons head as he was stuck...so )he consulted a midwife who then became my midwife for all following births. She was the real birth expert. For my first I ended needing a vacumm extractor and he cut me as well as I tore and then he proceeded to use way too many stiches said the real birth pro. My second birth at same hospital with same midwife went well except the nurse who was taking my sons heel prick did not handle him gently and bruised his whole right leg, traumatizing both of us. My homebirths were wonderful. I laboured at my own place in my own space and played my stereo super loud and rocked to the beat.
We ate when we were hungry, I could stay in the bathroom as long as I wanted. We watched a comedy and I traipsed around in just my long t-shirt. The whole thing was lovely and peaceful. No one poking me. No one uninvited. Just calm and supportive, love. No rush to the hospital. I definitely preferred my home births.
I had 3 hospital births and 3 home births. I like what other people have said about both. As for me, I felt like an incapable sick patient at the hospital and nobody cared how I felt about the way that I wanted to give birth. At home I was a birthing mommy and my opinions mattered to everyone around me and my children got to be with me. It was really amazing!
I think it's VERY telling that all the medical staffers commenting here are coming from such a fear-based place. That's exactly the environment I DON'T want my babies born into.
Anyone who does the research will find out just how bad the maternal and infant mortality rates are in the states-- hospital births for non-high-risk mothers are NOT safer than home births. Overuse of epidurals and pitocin, and the CYA mentality of medical staff is way more dangerous than birthing at home.
I had 3 hospital births and one at home. My husband had been opposed to home birth out of fear, but after we did it he is SO pro home birth. It was a million times better.
Birth is amazing and can be a beautiful experience wherever it happens. That being said, there are definite pros and cons to hom vs hospital delivery. Most important factor is delivering where you feel is the right place for you and your baby. each mom/baby and situation is unique.
At home, a mom can be the the one to call the shots and be truly able to trust herself without interference. Much harder to do this in the hospital where lots of interventions are usually required from the very second you step in the door. No matter where you are, excellent support is crucial to the best delivery possible. I do agree that the hospital is best if there are complications and when those interventions are life-saving rather than problem-causing.
Two hospital births and three home births. For me, once I decided to come home to have my babies, there was no looking back. I tend to have long, easy labors. In the hospital, they were in a rush to get everything done (can you say Pit Drop?). When we figured out that I just have long labors, I was able to prepare mentally and physically for them and let my body take over and do what it knows how to do instinctively. I loved being in my own home, my sweetheart and kids around, and to be able to choose those who would be there to support me, not just have those that were assigned to me that shift.
advantages to homebirth: in your own space with a care giver you know and completely trust.... all the decisions they try to make for you in the hospital you make for yourself at home.... and in my experience you recieve much better care... no one knows more about normal birth then a midwife
disadvantages: takes more planning and prep... birth kit caregivers meals.... but for pregnant me its like the greatest nesting project ever so it might not be a disadvantage after all
advantages to hospital: it's the best place to be if you or your baby have experienced any health issues during the pregnancy
disadvantages: it's not my home and my midwife doesn't deliver there
i know so much more can be said but i have babies who need me :)
My hospital birth with my daughter was induced. It was frightening and very painful, and I felt to be a passenger on someone else's (not fun) ride. I had a vacuum extraction and episiotomy, but no pain medication, which was the only part of it that I was happy about after, except, of course, the presence of my perfect adored first child. I was so in love with her that it took a while to process the birth and how traumatic it was.
My son was born at home, and ...wow!!! It was vastly easier and less painful, I was on top of the pain and worked with it, rather than being scared of it. For at least half the labour it just felt like gas pains, the work really only went for 3-4 hours, and I hummed and swayed through the height of each surge. I ate when I felt like it, moved where and how I wanted to, had the people I wanted there, and felt safe. It was my day, my experience, my birth. It was truly soething I did. At the end of it I felt utterly jubilant, triumphant, relieved, and it healed a lot of things for me. I birthed my son on the porch outside our home, with my 3year old daughter, my partner, midwife and doula. For me, it was a beautiful, awe inspiring experience,
I think wherever a woman feels safe and supported with her needs respected and her birth undisturbed is the right place to birth.
DS1 hospital-rec'd pit and an epi-birthed him on my back. Tore terribly. In the room and got woken up every couple of hours. Finally went home and baby and I slept.
DS2 home-in a birth pool had baby-no drugs, no interventions, baby never the room I was in. I did have a midwife and doula.
If I had to do it again-home birth all the way. I never liked hospital to begin with-they are for the sick and dying not the birthing of new life :)
as long as you are empowered it doesn't matter. as long as you know your rights will be respected and your birth plan honored with no one trying to force interventions on you you don't want them have birth were ever you feel best don't do one or the other because you feel you "should". give birth where you feel safe loved and most powerful. i'm having a home birth but not because the hospital was bad I just feel better at home.
Have had one hospital birth and 3 home births. They just don't compare. I had a natural birth at the hospital, but felt controlled, unsafe, unvalued and more there, further I have permanent damage to my pelvic floor from the experience and it is completely due to the way things were handled there.
The home births on the other hand I felt respected and loved and not stressed. Won't say they were not painful, they were ( at the end) but I was able to follow my instincts and felt great about them during and afterwards.
Each of my children born at home also had things happen at the births that handled with the normal way things are handled at a hospital would have been very dangerous.
I had both of mine at home and wouldn't want it any other way, If something was going wrong, yes i would go to the hospital but Home births are so much more private, relaxing, you are in control not the doctor, you can get in the tub or be in any postion you want, you don't have to just lay on a bed. Just make sure you have a good, kind, caring midwife that you are comfortable with and that knows what she is doing. Really it comes down to what you are the most comfortable with but, I say home births all the way.
Birthing is usually a straight forward event but on those occasions when something goes wrong it can quickly be fatal for mother or child. The best solution is a birthing centre with provision for early discharge which provides the appropriate level of skill and equipment for rescue of those unexpected life-threatening events .
My very healthy daughter-in-law and my son were well prepared for a home delivery of their first baby. As an RN I had concerns and told my son that during his delivery he required suctioning and a short stay in ICU post delivery. Suctioning a baby is a basic skill for a midwife. When my grandson was born with his airway blocked by a mucous plug, the midwife panicked, and in the first critical moments of life the baby suffered a lack of oxygen and, tragically, died a week later. This was a beautiful, perfectly formed little boy born to loving, healthy, fit and well prepared parents. Had the baby been born in hospital he would have been suctioned immediately and most likely survived.
I had my one and only birth in the hospital. I did not expect to but I was vomiting with my contractions. It was a planned hospital birth but I had wanted to try it drug free, so the nurses let me use the shower and a huge ball to sit on. The ball made me hurt more and the shower only helped for a few minutes. I ended up getting the epidural,on my own choice, after trying all other forms of pain relief. The epidural is the only thing that stopped me from vomiting. While it wasn't the birth I had planned for I am very happy I was in the hospital so that I could have options. My doctors and nurses were more than happy to let me try drug free and didn't push it on me.
I had a homebirth and will not ever birth in a hospital unless me or the baby need medical attention. A normal birth is not a medical emergency.
There are so many advantages to having a homebirth. Low-stress, relaxing, you are not on anyone's schedule, you can let your body work naturally and get all the benefits of the hormones and natural biological processes. You can eat, drink, go to the toilet, take a shower, lay down and sleep, walk around, whenever you want to without having to ask permission.
When baby is born there is no doctor to take her away and start injecting her, bathing her and washing off all the vernix which she needs, and wrap her up and put her in another room and feed her formula behind your back. The first person who touched our baby was her daddy. He caught her and held her against me. She stayed near me and slept next to me, and still does. She was born alert but barely cried, and she latched on perfectly. She is a healthy, happy baby.
A hospital is where people go who need medical attention. If me or my baby were in distress, sick, injured, we would need to go there.
The way I see it, its to each her own. If you feel better at home, then do it at home. and if you feel better in a hospital, then go to the hospital. there are some moms (like me) who can't deal with the pain, by the time my contractions were right one top of each other so I was begging for the epi. Both of my kids were born in the hospital, and I love my hospital and my doctor. everyone is different, just because a home birth is good for you doesn't mean all moms should have one
OK. IMHO, as all of my children had difficulties right after birth, I think hospital is the way to go, but I wish OB's were only around for the problems, and midwives were the rule. I think that midwife hospital birth would be great.
From my own personal experience if I didn't give birth in a hospital I would of been dead right now. My child would have no mommy, my husband would have no wife. C-section, I would of been in ICU for a while and if I had a home birth I would of died.
My doc let me get into any position that was comfortable to give birth. If I hadn't had a cather I would of been allowed to use the shower too. I didn't get treated like a sick person at all while I was in there, but they were very very very concerned about me and helped however they could to make me comfortable and helped a ton with my son. They let my husband slept there the whole week I was there.
Am I a medical profession? NO! I am a mom that had the crash cart brought to my room because I almost died.
I think so many people think because of everything we're offered and how the medical field has advanced that no one dies, almost dies, or have things go wrong while giving birth. Things can go wrong very very wrong.
I never had a home birth so I can't speak for it's pros and con. I had both my daughters at the local hospital. We live in a small town in VT so the hospital is small but we had a great experience. I gave birth in and stood in the same room for my whole stay. The nurses and doctors were so nice and accomodating. They brought in a bed for my husband he stayed in the room with my and the baby after delivery. I had a lot of support when I was struggling to get breastfeeding started and they called me at home after discharge to check in on us.
I have been a labor nurse for 7 years and I am still hoping that in the future all birth can be as comfortable and patient controlled as a homebirth, but with the safety in emergencies and also pain relief if people change their mind that hospitals can provide. It makes me sad that advocates of hospitals use fear of emergencies to make people choose the hospital and advocates of home birth use fear of medical facilities acting as despicable tyrants to entice people to stay home. I just hope that whoever chooses a home birth won't be afraid to seek medical intervention if the need should arise. There are always outliers, but in general, people at the hospital really want to help if you need us. We love healthy babies and healthy moms and wish you the best.
In a hospital for saftey's sake. After four healthy children, I wouldn't have it any other way. My third child was a "blue baby". She was born with the cord wrapped around her neck. The fourth child was an I.U.D. Baby. The hospital was imperative. I hope this helps your decisions.
I have 8 children, my 5th was born at home after 4 uncomplicated hospital births. I had a lovely midwife who had been delivering babies for over 20 years and I had a doctor in attendance (although he arrived after the birth because the labour was very fast). My baby born was born "flat" and took a long time to rescussitate which was very stressful for both the midwife and my husband and I. We were only 5 minutes from the hospital but even that could have been too far if my baby hadn't started breathing.
In some ways it was more relaxed at home but I remember just wishing I could lie down for a minute during the labour (we had the loungeroom set up so I could squat to give birth on the floor) and then after the birth the doctor and midwife chatted for ages and didn't give my husband and I any time alone with the baby which we were used to getting at the hospital. The other thing I found hard after my homebirth was that I was expected to just resume my normal duties because I was at home and when visitors would arrive their children would often make a big mess in the house which I found difficult to clean up after so recently giving birth. It took me longer to recuperate after my homebirth because I was used to having a rest in hospital for a few days without having to cook etc.
I also had a uterine infection and postpartum haemmorage after my home birth (which I had a history of with some of my other births).
I enjoyed my prenatal visits with the midwife and it was nice having her for the entire pregnancy and birth but I haven't gone back for another homebirth.
As a Labor and delivery nurse for the past 20years, I could never in good conscious advise anyone to have a home birth. Everyone needs to weigh the risk and benefits. The benefits of a home birth are numerous I will admit. The mother is better able to control her environment and deal with the stress of labor without interference from Dr's and nurses. There is no "time schedule" and no one is trying to rush the process with pitocin. The mother can move around, take a warm shower, warm bath without being hooked up to monitors. There are many skilled midwives who are perfectly capable of attending an uncomplicated delivery. The question is, are you willing to risk your life and your infants life that you will have an "uncomplicated" delivery. I have seen many normal labors which turned into very complicated deliveries. Even the most skilled midwife can not do a stat C/S at your home. If your infants heart rate drops to the 40-60's for several minutes (normal is 110-160) where do you want to be? I have seen mothers and infants that would have died had a home birth been attempted. Personally, any benefit to my personal "labor experience" is not worth the risk of my life or my infants. There are many Dr's and hospitals which will work with you and try to give you the experience that you want. They do however have to follow standards of care, for the benefit of mother and infant.
I am a labor and delivery nurse and work in a hospital. I have seen too many times what can go wrong during labor or delivery and would not chance it with a home birth. In fact, my second son had the cord wrapped around both his neck and his arm. We had to do an emergency C-section when his heart rate dropped into the 40's and would not go back up. Thank heaven we were in the hospital or he might not be here today!
Deffinatelly giving birth at home is very risky o don't advice any woman to do that. Anytime the hospital is the safest.
AS AN RN I DO NOT RECCOMEND GIVING BIRTH AT HOME. IF YOU HAVE AND EVERYTHING WENT WELL YOU'RE LUCKY. NO BIRTH IS SUCCESSFUL UNTEL THAT BABY IS OUT AND BREATHING. MOM IS NOT SAFE UNTEL THE PLACENTA IS DELIVERED SUCCESSFULLY AND SHE DOESN'T HEMMORHAGE. HOSPITAL'S ARE WILLING TO WOWRK WITH YOU ON THE DELIVERY AND HOW YOU WANAT IT. TOO MANY TIMES AT THE LAST MINUTE OR DURING
DELIVERY SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG AND YOIU NEED THE EMERGENCY SERVICES A HOSPITAL CAN PROVVIDE. I HAVE SEEN IT HAPPEN TOO MANY TIMES IN 30 YEARS.
WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT - YOU HAVING YOUR WAY AS MOTAHER EARTH OR A LIVE CHILD AND MOTHER.