Home Birth v. Hospital Birth

Jamie - posted on 09/16/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I don't know why this is such a debated topic, but I would be interested in hearing everyones views regarding a home birth v. hospital birth.

Personally I had a hospital birth aided by medication with my daughter and I'm glad that I did because I had complications including heart failure.

I have heard from some other momma that I missed an experience that my body was made for...your thoughts?

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Bree - posted on 11/08/2012

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Is it possible that your heart failure and complications were due to the medication you were given at the hospital? It seems like women report things going wrong in hospitals, and often, its the medicines administered that cause the problems in the first place.

Stifler's - posted on 12/08/2010

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I never even thought of having a home birth. I don't think it's catered for in my area very well and no one I know has had their baby at home except my neighbour. I think do whatever you want. The hospital was pretty good, brang me food in labour and made sure I had enough fluids and blah blah blah took the baby away so I could sleep for most of the night. I don't think I missed out on anything by birthing in a hospital, only cleaning up a huge mess.

Melissa - posted on 11/24/2010

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I had my son (now 8 months) in the hospital with a midwife, so it was kind of like using a birthing center, I had no meds of any kind, no IV, no monitor belt, and I was able to get up and walk around... It was the most amazing experience of my life and I really believe if every women was educated and had to go drug free with their fist birth then they would choose it from then on.

And I do plan to go with a home birth with my next child. After learning about natural birth vs the the "hospital experience" I am totally outraged! America has completely destroyed the beauty of birth. Women are have become scared to death of their own bodies! Women won't even consider the fact that they don't need out side help to do what should come naturally to them. I wish I could properly educate all women of how birth should really be....

Emma - posted on 11/24/2010

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I wanted a home birth with my second kid, but it cost more than going to hospital. in SA at least

Brenda - posted on 09/28/2010

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Sounds like you missed an experience that could have resulted in someone's death!

My first pregnancy ended in an emergency C-sect. My second was a planned C-sect because my dr and the hospital did not allow V-bac.

For me, I think, the first baby should be in the hospital, and if everything went well, the next one can be at home. A relative lost her first baby with a home birth. I just can't recommend a home birth for everyone, but I can say that everyone is safer having their baby in the hospital.

You do what feels comfortable. It's your baby, your body....so don't let anyone convince you to have a home birth if you are uncomfortable with the idea.

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