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Home Birth--Making the Choice and Preparing Yourself by Mandy

by Mandy, posted to Pregnancy & Baby

Thinking about a home birth? Here are some resources to help you decide if it's the right choice for you, and if it is, how you can prepare yourself, your partner, your family and the skeptics you may encounter.

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The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth [Paperback]

The newest procedures. The latest information. The complete rundown on...more

This is the book that led me to choose a home birth. It gave me a sense of power over my own labor and delivery and made me see it as a family event rather than a medical event. It also started me down the path of questioning some of the common practices in hospital births that aren't necessarily best for the mother.

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Poll: How do you feel about the idea of a home birth?

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

See how other women feel about home birth. You can click on the link to stay within SkinnyScoop and vote on the poll or see the results and comments from other women.

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Myths of Midwifery

If you think midwives are untrained labour coaches who can only...more

A Canadian article, but most of the information is general and applies in the U.S. and beyond.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q&A on Home Birth

My favorite question is what equipment midwives bring to home births. As my midwife explained to me, they have the same equipment you would find in a small community hospital (an oxygen tank, IVs, drugs to stop bleeding, etc.)

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Natural childbirth I: is home birth more dangerous than hospital birth?

The common perception is the Western world is that it's safer to give...more

Some good arguments in favor of home birth. The author's bent is a bit extreme, but it's worth reading.

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The Medical Literature on the Safety of Home Birth

A page of citations from the medical literature that generally...more

Geek out and read medical studies on the safety of home birth.

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Meta-analysis of the safety of home birth

PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that...more

This meta-analysis looks at a variety of studies of home births and finds that not only are home births equally as safe as hospital births but also lead to higher APGAR scores and fewer interventions (including c-sections) than hospital births.

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The Father's Home Birth Handbook

A book for dads about home births.

It's hugely important for your husband or partner to be supportive if you want to have a home birth. This might help bring him along.

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The Find a Midwife practice locator is a web-based service that allows...more

It's always best to ask around to friends, but if you don't know anyone who has used a midwife this is a good resource.

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A nice blog post about responding thoughtfully and kindly to questions from friends and family who are skeptical about home births.

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HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd...

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The methods in this book got me through a lot of contractions. It also made me feel more confident going into the birth, and had I practiced more I may not have thrown the techniques out the window when the going got tough.

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Home Birth Supply List

If you are planning a home birth you will need a few supplies. Here is...more

Your midwife will likely have a list for you, but to get an idea of the supplies you need for a home birth take a look (it's surprisingly simple).

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Birth Pool In A Box- for water birth Water Birth Pools and tubs Accessories from Your Water Birth

BPIAB large pool for home waterbirth. Midwives can receive a 10%...more

They say a bath tub is the "midwife's epidural." I had a bath tub in my bathroom, but for those who don't have a tub I've heard great things about this one. At $200 it seems like a good option.

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Disposable Blue Underpad Chux

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I always associated birth with mess. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that the mess was one of the main obstacles in my mind to a home birth. With a few of these pads plus a shower curtain under my fitted sheet, it was a non-issue.

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AdeleVirginia: Birth Story

My own home birth story

I wrote this a few weeks after my daughter was born at home. It was a wonderful experience overall, but I didn't sugarcoat things in the retelling, so I think it gives a pretty real picture.

Eden Godsoe: So cute and love the "no sugarcoating" story of Adele's birth.

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