We have had some experience with home births. One of our good friends had two of her children at home; our pediatrician is a home birth specialist; and our son's birth was supposed to be a home birth which meant we read any and everything on the subject we could find. (Sadly, complications arose so there was no home birth but we were still able to have a natural birth in the hospital.) So, when we read this recent article in the New York Times, it really brought a smile to our face.
The article Baby, You're Home, by Julie Scelfo, discusses the recent trend of growing home births in New York as local midwives are being inundated with phone calls and their workload is at times being quadrupled. Ms. Scelfo writes that this boom may be due, in part, to Ricki Lake's recent documentary "The Business of Being Born."
"The Business of Being Born" seems to offer an alternative, and "is putting home births on the map in a way that makes women feel like it's a really legitimate option," said Élan V. McAllister, founder of Choices in Childbirth..."In your home you're able to move around and be in the tub or in the shower. You're able to eat and behave in a natural, more normal way. If you believe birth is not a medical emergency, it is the ideal place because it's the place you can really let go and follow what your body wants you to do."
The in-depth article discusses the number of home births, the people who are having home births, the various advantages to home births as well as the pros and cons.
Have any of you given birth at home -- or have you considered it?
To read the complete article, visit the New York Times' Web site.
Photo by Liz Rubincam for The New York Times.