In present times, usually mothers give birth in a hospital, but some parents may opt for alternative delivery method .i.e. homebirth. Homebirth is much more convenient than delivering in hospital settings. However, homebirth is considered safe only for those women who have sure chances of perfectly normal delivery. To know about the benefits of homebirth, go through some points listed below:
The biggest advantage of home birth is that it does not limit time for a mother to hold her baby. The time immediately after the delivery is crucial in developing intimacy between mother and her child. However, hospitals have strict guidelines for frequent checkups in a day, which interrupt mother and newborn’s bonding just after the birth. Homebirth gives a mother the opportunity to involve in the whole labour and childbirth process, spending undisrupted time with the newborn. Some parents feel that pregnancy is not a sickness to require hospitalisation and medication.
If a woman chooses to give birth at home, she chooses her own midwife. Homebirth is an open opportunity for a woman to be surrounded by those she loves. It is up to her to decide the family members who will be at her side to give support during labour. In a hospital, a mother does not even know half the people who visit her room. Due to shift changes, people visiting the room change, which means an entirely new set of people. Being aware of the people at her side when her tiny bundle of joy appears is very comforting and relaxing to some mothers.
Safety against Infections
In homebirth, the rate of newborn infection is less than half of that in hospitals. When delivered at home, a baby is well protected from hospital infections. At home, a midwife provides continuous baby care which cannot be compared to care provided by hospital staff. Homebirth facilitates ample union time for mother to be with her baby. This prolonged interaction improves baby’s immature immunity and also encourages successful breastfeeding, which is the best protection against all infections.
It is widely accepted that homebirth saves you from the stress of giving birth in the restrictive environment of a hospital. Taking stress inhibits calm labour and childbirth. With homebirth, a woman does not need to shift anywhere and it is most comforting to stay within the confines of their own home instead of a dull hospital room.
Relief to your bank account
On an average, natural birth at home costs almost 60% less than that in a hospital. An insurance covering the cost of midwife is an added advantage. Even if it does not cover, the cost incurred on homebirth will be significantly lower than hospital bills.