For those of you who don’t know, I have an 11 month old boy and he was delivered at home. My plan was to have a hospital birth but that did not go as planned so Lincoln was born at home in his room. You can read Lincoln’s full birth story here.
As we close in on Lincoln’s 1st birthday, I have been thinking back to the day he was born. It was almost a year ago but it also feels like just yesterday. This year has gone faster than I ever could have imagined.
As mentioned in my birth story post, I was terrified when my midwife told me we didn’t have time to make it to the hospital that night. I didn’t have a plan other than I really wanted to have a hospital birth. Honestly, I am not sure why. I guess just because that is the “norm” and I felt safer being at a hospital. Also because I can admit that I was completely uneducated on home birth deliveries. It wasn’t something I wanted so I never did my research. I think if I had, that I would have changed my mind but that’s hard to say. Definitely now that I have had one, I would do it again 100%.
Pros Of A Home Birth
YOU GET TO STAY AT HOME!! How amazing is that? No hospital bag to pack which leads to not worrying about forgetting to pack something. You don’t have to leave your home. Big PRO.
Comfort. I felt so comfortable because I was at home in my own element. I didn’t have to wear hospital gowns, worry about strangers being in my room and I got to walk down to my kitchen afterwards and eat what I wanted when I wanted. It was great!!
No options for drugs. I know you might be thinking this is a CON but I don’t see it that way. I didn’t have time to even think about an epidural because Lincoln came too fast. My midwife wouldn’t have been able to give me one anyways but now that I have delivered a baby without one, I would do it again for sure. I was skeptical of getting one anyways and only wanted one if I was in labour for hours so I am glad it worked out the way it did!! It hurt like a mother but I liked how in control I was(well, kind of). I could feel everything so I knew exactly what was happening.
Everything about my labour and delivery was just very natural and unscripted. I didn’t have a birth plan anyways but if I did, it would have been thrown out the window and that would have stressed me out even more. Looking back, life just happened that day. No plan, no structure, just complete chaos and there is something really amazing and beautiful about that.
Lincoln was born in his room. Kinda cool, kinda gross(obviously we cleaned and sanitized everything after), kinda weird but mostly AMAZING. My husband joked after he was born saying that we can never move now 😂 . His room is super special and meaningful. Every time I walk into his room I think back to that day and it always brings back so many emotions. Good ones of course. It is pretty cool.
This was my first baby so I don’t have a hospital experience to compare my delivery to but I would definitely plan my next baby to be at home. Hopefully just with a little more time to plan the actual home birth part! If you are pregnant and you think a home birth is something you might be interested in, definitely ask your midwife and do more research. I think a lot of women think they are scary and that things wouldn’t be safe and like I said, I was one of the skeptical ones but I think we all just need to be more educated on the subject and we may have a different perspective.
Regardless, it really doesn’t matter how our babies get here just as long as they get here.