When Trying to Choose if Home Birth Services is Right for you?

When women ask me why would any one choose to have home birth services, my first response is freedom. You can choose what position to labor or birth in, who will attend you, and to not have tight bands around your belly for monitoring.

Whether you have a natural birth at home or in a birth center, the philosophy is the same. Both are safe, satisfying and empowering for women and their families.

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Some Key Points To Consider

When a woman feels safe and secure, her body works in harmony. Endorphins (the hormone that is pain relieving) are released readily.

When your body is working well, it does not need any help! Interventions such as IV’s, constant fetal monitoring, being attached to a blood pressure cuff, not being able to move around will often slow labor.

You are in “charge”. You don’t have to ask permission to eat, drink or go to the bathroom. There are no machines to unhook or move around.

They can be present throughout labor and birth or just close by. They can cut the cord or actually catch the baby (with a little coaching) Many siblings “help” with the newborn exam and dressing the baby for the first time.

Over 99% of women who have had a home birth or birth center birth will choose to do one or the other with the next pregnancy.

Less than 4% of women planning to deliver at home end up having a c-section. (1)

We assist you in gently controlled pushing thereby reducing the risk of tearing or needing to be cut.

We will be with you throughout the entire process. No shift changes!

You are immune to the germs in your home, unlike those in the hospital setting. It is estimated that 5-6% of all people admitted to the hospital will get an infection. These are sometimes difficult to treat as they are resistant to antibiotics.

In SC, Midwives always deliver naturally in homes or in a birth center.

Hospital

Please don’t get the idea that we are anti-hospital, because that could not be any further from the truth. If you have a complicated pregnancy, you don’t tolerate labor well, your baby doesn’t tolerate labor well, your baby is mal-positioned or you want to be in the hospital, then that is absolutely the place for you to be and we support you 100%.

If a transport during labor or birth is necessary, we will go with you and act as labor support so that you have that continuity of care that you deserve. We strive to have an excellent relationship with the hospital staff.

Home Birth Services in Upstate South Carolina

Many women find that the privacy of their own home is the optimal birth environment for the smooth flow of labor progression and reducing exposure to foreign germs (thereby decreasing the chance of infection). They feel completely comfortable there and undistracted by changing locations in the middle of labor or in the postpartum period. Everyone present is an invited guest in their home, and siblings are best able to be as deeply or minimally involved as the mother decides in the moment.

Our favorite part is tucking everyone into their own clean bed afterwards to have a long sleep! Our midwives carry all of the same equipment in their home birth bags that is provided at the birthing center, so there is no clinical difference between the two options. Regardless of where women choose to deliver, we will always have two midwives present for the delivery, so that we can offer the safest focused care for both mother and baby through labor, delivery and the immediate postpartum period. We are able to service all expecting mothers wishing for a home birth that live within one hour of our birth center. This makes our services available to all expectant mothers in Greenville, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Anderson, Pickens, Easley, Spartanburg, Gaffney, Union, Chesnee and more. Call us today to learn more about having the experience of giving birth in your own home.

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