*list organized in no particular order
1. Home birth dramatically decreases risk for unnecessary obstetric and/or medical interventions, which increases safety and quality of birth.
2. Choosing your own care provider for your home birth means interviewing several midwives and deciding on someone who meets your emotional and physical needs.
3. After you give birth at home, enjoy a home cooked meal prepared by a loved one.
4. When you give birth at home, you decide who attends your birth. There are familiar faces of family and friends…and even your pet!
5. If you want to, take the clocks off the walls. Let go of time altogether and allow your body to move at it’s own speed.
6. The floors in your home are wood or carpet, not linoleum. The lights can be dim, (candles!) rather than glaring or florescent.
7. No interruptions at a home birth. Turn off the cell phones, pages and beepers. There is only the sound of your voice, soft music and the hushed voices of your birth team.
8. After you give birth in your home, you will see the location where you gave birth to your child and can tell them the story when they are older.
9. Feel the freedom of nakedness at home; your naked body and emotions.
10. During home birth, you are the boss. You call the shots. Who comes, who stays, what position you give birth in and where, how many times you get in and out of the tub, and who catches your baby.