HOME BIRTH/WATER BIRTH/VBAC:
Whether you have a water birth or land birth is your decision. Please remember that you also need to be flexible since sometimes births do not follow your game plan, and you must be open-minded to changes during labor. However, we plan for both. Our goal is to make it the birth you want, and support you.
VBAC or HBAC:
With home births, it is possible to have a vaginal birth after a Caesarean (HVBAC). It can be an empowering decision for you, and I encourage you to contact me to discuss your options to make an informed decision. We love supporting women achieving a VBAC or HBAC at home.
Each birth is unique, and I look forward to embarking on that beautiful, majestic, and miraculous voyage with you and your family.
Some points to consider regarding home births:
Research has supported many aspects of water labor and waterbirth--
• Water facilitates mobility and enables the mother to assume any positionwhich is comfortable for labor and birth
• Speeds up labor
• Reduces blood pressure
• Mother has a sense of more control
• Provides significant pain relief
• Promotes relaxation
• Conserves mom’s energy
• Reduces the need for drugs and interventions
• Allows mom to have a private protected space
• Reduces perineal trauma and eliminates episiotomies
• Reduces Cesarean section rates
• Is highly rated by mothers - typically stating they world consider giving birth in water again; some even stating they would never give birth any other way!
*Encourages an easier birth for mother and a gentler welcome for baby
Placing a pool of water in a birth room changes the atmosphere immediately. Voices get softer, the mother stays calmer and everyone becomes less stressed.
The effect of buoyancy that deep water immersion creates allows spontaneous movement of the mother. No one has to help the mother get into a new position. She moves as her body and the position of the baby dictate. Movement helps open the pelvis, allowing the baby to descend.
When a woman in labor relaxes in a warm deep bath, free from gravity’s pull on her body, with sensory stimulation reduced, her body is less likely to secrete stress-related hormones. This allows her body to produce the pain inhibitors-endorphins-that complement labor. Noradrenaline and catecholamines, the hormones that are released during stress, actually raise the blood pressure and can inhibit or slow labor. A laboring woman who is able to relax physically, is able to relax mentally as well. Many women, midwives, and doctors acknowledge the analgesic effect of water. Thousands of these mothers state they would never be able to consider laboring without water again.
For more information:
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
The Midwives Model of Care includes:
Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
Copyright (c) 1996-2008, Midwifery Task Force, Inc., All Rights Reserved.