Giving birth at home has become a popular choice. Women who give birth at home have more flexibility when it comes to how they labor, they do not have unnecessary interventions such as continuous fetal monitoring and they are able to eat and drink as often as they'd like. Giving birth at home is a great option for any woman who has a low-risk pregnancy and is prepared to give birth without medication. The following steps will prepare you to give birth at home.
Hire a midwife who is established, has good references and has a variety of experiences in her career.
Order your birth supplies by the 35th week of pregnancy.
If you order the birth supplies online, do not wait until you are almost due to order them. Online orders may take up to two weeks to be processed and received.
Search for a childbirth class taught by an independent instructor, preferably one who has home birth experience. Because medication is not an option, you will need to learn other ways of coping with contractions.
If you have children, you will need to set up care for them ahead of time. Find a friend or a family member who is willing to watch them.
If you want your children at home while you give birth, talk about what they may see and hear during the process.
If you plan to have friends or family members at your birth, introduce them to the midwife before going into labor.