Whether you are expecting the birth of your sixth child or your first child, your list of questions for your midwife may keep growing longer and longer by the day. Although you may have questions, which we will address at your home appointments, there are a few things that I have been able to rightly conclude after years of experience in the field of midwifery:
- Laboring at home is simply more relaxing – During my time as a midwife, I have helped hundreds of women deliver babies, both in-home and at a hospital, and I find they are more relaxed when they experience the majority of their labor at home. Home is where you feel most relaxed and where you have the freedom to make yourself feel most comfortable as you cope with the contractions.
- Your birth plan isn’t permanent – As a midwife, I encourage developing a birth plan in the weeks before your due date. However, it’s important to recognize that every birth is different, and you should include room for some flexibility so labor and delivery goes as smoothly as possible.
- You don’t have to lie down the whole time- Most mothers prefer to move around in different positions when laboring, as it feels more comfortable, decreases pain and facilitates proper positioning of baby in the birth canal.