I’m sharing my thought process to help you think through what you want your experience to be. Use it as a case study, but let your logic + gut decide.
Note: All home births are unmedicated, but not all unmedicated births happen at home! You can have a successful unmedicated birth in a hospital.
Here’s why I wanted a home birth…
I wanted to feel everything.
I didn’t believe that my body could produce a pain so devastating that I would die from it or never recover from it.
That sounds counterintuitive to the purpose of our body’s functions. Our body functions to make us live and thrive, not suffer and die.
I know our bodies were made for this.
Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, most of us agree we were made by intellectual design.
Our reproductive systems are flawless. Biology doesn’t favor mistakes.
Hello, Survival of the Fittest!
Women have been giving birth for thousands of years without intervention, so us even being alive is proof that biology isn’t flawed.
A pregnant woman in a coma can birth her baby even when she’s not “awake” thanks to the body’s Natural Ejection Reflex. She doesn’t have to push, or have doctors perform any procedure or surgery. The body’s muscles will work for her + baby when baby is ready. It’s incredible!
I’ve seen the inside of hospital business + medical research first-hand.
And I didn’t like what I saw.
I will be sharing my health background in another post, but the summary is this:
After years of extensive, intensive participation in the US healthcare system, then trying to apply what I knew academically + professionally to the family experience, I realized that nearly all I had been taught challenged what I could feel in my body + mothers intuition to be true.
Birth is not a medical event.
It just isn’t!
Why is it that a perfectly healthy pregnant woman goes to have a healthy baby in the same building as people who have cancer, broken bones + gunshot wounds?
How does it make my baby healthier to be in the same vicinity of contagious diseases?
I read UNBIASED, evidence-based research.
Research is an interesting field when you get to see how it works on the backend.
In short, most research is funded by for-profit companies, which doesn’t always make it the most ethically-themed project. I found medical research to be highly politically charged, too.
When I sourced credible research that wasn’t backed by a large corporation, having a home birth was a no-brainer.
- Maternal and infant mortality rates are the highest they’ve ever been in the US
- C-section rates are higher than they’ve ever been in the US
- Birth interventions are the highest they’ve ever been in the US
That’s no happy coincidence. And from a business perspective, showing births with interventions as the cause for those statistics would be profit suicide.
So, very little largely published research actually tells the whole story on the consequences of interventions.
I didn’t want the temptation of interventions available for me or my providers
I knew that being in the hospital meant easy access to speeding up the process, or dulling the pain, or measuring + monitoring baby extra, etc.
And I knew that a natural birth would require a strong mental focus without distraction or interruption.
So, for me, being in the hospital setting only made those challenges more of a possibility. I didn’t want to be offered something I might have been able to go without just because I was in a vulnerable moment.
I have so many more reasons. What are yours?
Having had such an incredible homebirth experience, my reasons for choosing a home birth for my first child are expanded beyond my reasons for choosing a home birth for my second child.
I’ll continue my reasoning in another blog post, but I would love to know what you’ve considered about having an unmedicated birth so far.
Do you know anyone who has had a homebirth? How did that influence your view of birth without medicine?
Share in the comments and let me know!