Advantages & Disadvantage of Homebirth
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Advantages for the Baby
He or she is more likely to be born vaginally.
There is less likelihood of infection when the baby is at home.
The baby’s experience at birth can be recognized and made as gently as possible. Routine procedures such as deep suctioning, suctioning the stomach, scrubbing the baby, use of forceps etc. are avoided.
The baby is not separated from the mother. The infant bond is never sacrificed for institutional procedures.
Breastfeeding is easier to establish when the baby and mother are in their own environment.
Advantages for the Mother
She is not subjected to routine procedures such as electronic monitoring, IV’s, shave, prep, enema or stirrups.
She can eat and walk freely, her body working with nature.
She will have continuity of care with the same attendants, increasing safety.
She is more likely to be treated and her progress evaluated as an individual, rather than being sacrificed to protocols or statistical averages.
She is much less likely to need pain-killing drugs, forceps or a cesarean section when she has attendants who feel that birth is a normal physiological function.
She is comfortable in her own surroundings, relaxed and able to labor and deliver in the position of her choice.
She has less chance of infection, episiotomy, and injury to herself or her baby. Postpartum depression is less common with women who birth at home.
She is more likely to have a shorter labor with fewer complications.
She may have the option of a waterbirth.