This flies in the face of the government’s commitment to bring services closer to home and to offer women choice about where they give birth.
I asked my partner to get into the pool with me as I could feel the baby pushing to get out. In between contractions I told him to get her as she came out.
I swear she swam like a frog as she popped out and came up to the surface. I was exhausted and for about 10 minutes or so the three of us floated on the side of the pool with baby asleep on my chest until the midwife arrived.
It remains the most incredible and intimate moment of my life and I don’t regret for a moment that we chose to have her in the comfort of our own home.
I am the second oldest of 10 biological children born at home and, as the article pointed out, am in a category represented by only 2 percent of the population.
My 105-pound, beautiful, active, incredibly healthy mother wouldn’t have it any other way. She loves the comfort and privacy that a home birth allows.
Many are quick to point out that it is irresponsible and dangerous to choose home birth. I assert that in the majority of cases, this is not true. Birth is not a medical process.
If you’re newly pregnant, chances are you have never heard the truth about why homebirth is a safer choice for low-risk pregnancies. And if you’re not newly pregnant, it is never to late to consider your options and give birth to your baby at home.
“The first intervention in natural childbirth is the one that a healthy woman does herself when she walks out the front door of her own home in labour.”