What is a Home Birth?
As the name suggests, it’s giving birth at home!
“I had a home birth because I really believe in the body’s natural ability to give birth. The medical profession has kind of warped [parents’] minds into thinking we don’t know how to birth and we need doctors and epidurals and Pitocin.”
- Sarah Shahi
"We welcomed our sweet girl into the world 3 weeks ago with THE BEST and I literally mean THE BEST midwife to ever be known. Tatiana has skills that just can't be taught. She's constantly one step ahead, always prepared, and makes you feel like you are the worlds strongest person. Her presence is indescribable and her abundance of knowledge always helps you feel assured. Our sweet girl was born at home right into the water. She came into this beautiful world weighing 9lbs 14oz and was 22 inches long andddd I had zero tearing. Yes, I know I'm still in shock myself. But I owe that to our incredible midwife for helping me slow down when I needed to. Her talking me through those "impossible" moments made my birth. It was literally pure magic!"
“All natural birth has a purpose and a plan; who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging? Who would break the shell to pull the chick out?”
The home is the best environment for normal low risk families to have a physiological birth. What does that mean? It means allowing your body and your baby to move through the process of birth together with little to no limitations. Do you want to get up and walk around? Do it! Do you want to eat that food you’ve been craving? Do it! Do you want to slow labor down, allow your body to rest and replenish energy so you can continue? Sounds great! Do you want your whole family present or just you and your partner? Either way it’s your call! Don’t want to get out of the birth pool or shower so we can listen to the baby's heartbeat? We bring waterproof dopplers! Don’t want to get in a car and drive to a facility while in active labor? Perfect, midwives come to you! During labor, your body has a lot of hormones flowing through it and that’s exactly what we want to support. Each of those hormones has a purpose in helping your body to soften, open, and allow baby to be born. These hormones are released when you feel safe, loved, supported, and comfortable. Very often leaving that environment to go to a facility (birth center or hospital) can interrupt or slow down that flow of hormones and can take time to reestablish in a new location. Facilities also have more limitations on what you can and can’t do and how long things take as well. These interruptions and limitations are often what leads to medical interventions to help labor continue progressing.
During a home birth, you will have people supporting you who you already know and trust. Your desires, consent, and privacy all respected. Midwives work alongside you, at your pace. Because midwives don’t use medications for speeding up labor or pain medications, we are experienced in using other methods to help you progress through labor like body balancing, rebozo, and hydrotherapy with a birth pool. We bring a full set of supplies, ready to monitor you and your baby’s well being as well as emergency equipment and medications should complications arise. Midwives are the experts of normal birth and are also trained to watch for red flags throughout both pregnancy and labor that would indicate that physician care in a hospital is necessary. Home birth midwives generally have very low transfer to hospital rates and most transfers are non-emergent.
After your baby is born at home, bonding with your new baby and resting are top priorities. Quick assessments of you and baby are done, you’re able to rest in your bed, food is brought to you from your own kitchen, and you don’t have to go anywhere! Midwives perform a head to toe newborn exam next to you on your own bed a few hours after birth. Once we are confident that both you and baby are doing well, we leave with your family tucked into bed and resting. Midwives will also offer follow up postpartum visits, phone call support, breastfeeding/chestfeeding troubleshooting, newborn weight checks and testing, and local resources to help support your new family.