Homebirths Becoming More Popular
More expecting mothers are skipping the hospital and opting to have their babies at home
There was a time when homebirths in the United States were restricted to religious communities like the Amish. However, that’s changed and now they have become more mainstream largely due to the rise in attachment
parenting, a lack of faith in the medical system, and documentaries like “The Business of Being Born,” which featured producer and infamous talk show host Ricki Lake giving birth in her bathtub. So, if you’re considering a planned homebirth, here are a few pros and cons to think about.
Pro #1: For some Black women, homebirths are a way to reconnect with their African heritage.
Con #1: Mothers who give birth at home are at higher risk of complications, including low Apgar scores and
Pro #2: Babies born at home compared to those born in the hospital show little differences in the outcome.
Con #2: Pain medication isn’t as accessible as it would be in a hospital.
Pro #3: You have the freedom to roam around in the comfort of familiar surroundings, controlling your own
Con #3: In the event of complications, there are fewer hands on deck.
Pro #4: You can have the support of whomever you want around as you bring new life into the world.
Con #4: Not all insurance policies cover homebirths, so it can get quite costly.
Pro #5: There is less intervening from doctors and nurses, so you can enjoy the special moment in peace and
Con #5: Many midwives practice “underground” and may not have the proper licenses, so make sure that he or
she is recognized in your state.