Choosing to Have a Natural Home Birth

Choosing to Have a Natural Home Birth

“Information can bring you choices and choices bring power – educate yourself about your options and choices. Never remain in the dark of ignorance.” – Joy Page
I came across this quote and thought it summed up perfectly why we have chosen the natural, home birth birthing method for our third child.
I would have never imagined having the desire to give birth naturally, at home. But, this seems to be the theme of my life… I would have never imagined.

Seeds Planted

Upon moving to Texas, I was surrounded by amazing stories of women having planned births at home with midwives. Sadly and with a bit of embarrassment, I have to say that I had never heard of midwife care or people planning to give birth at home. I’d heard of doulas before but never this concept of having someone other than a doctor deliver your baby – and at home!

“Therefore God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty.” ~ Exodus 1:20

In my mind, delivering a baby at home was something that only occurred by mistake – definitely not planned. As I listened to my friends share their stories of home and birthing center births, I became very interested. Why would women choose to have their baby at home or in a birthing center instead of a hospital? What was the difference in care? How much would this cost? What are the pros and cons of each?
I began asking these questions and doing my own research.

My Primary Reason for Natural Home Birth

For me, it just wasn’t good enough to be able to say, “I did it”. I didn’t want to do it just because it was common or uncommon. I needed to know why the Lord had placed this on my heart. Finally, I came to this conclusion, I didn’t want to be in control.
I know, sounds strange right? But, wanting to control has influenced so many of my decisions, this would be a really big thing for me. With our first born, I wanted to have a natural hospital birth, but I allowed fear and pressure to take control. For our second born, I was induced. We evicted our sweet little bun in the oven due to my doctor going out of town. I didn’t want a doctor I was unfamiliar with to deliver my baby.
This go-round,  I wanted to truly let go and let God. I don’t want any doctors encouraging me to get an unnecessary epidural. I don’t want to be in a forced and unnatural position, lying down on my back in a hospital bed. And, I don’t want to take control of the due date. This time, I want complete and total reliance on the mighty work and move of God. He created my body to do this, and I believe that He will give me the strength to do so.
Does this mean that I am totally against a hospital and epidural birth? No, I believe that those things have been created for times when necessary. But if unnecessary, I prefer to allow my body to do what God has naturally created it to do.

Additional Reasons:

There’s so much information to offer regarding the positive reasons for Natural Birth. But, to spare your time, I will only share our top five reasons for choosing home birth and midwife care.
  1. We have been blessed with choices and now understand that there are options beyond what we were previously aware of.
  2. Our midwives spend time with us at each appointment and give us more than 15 minutes to share our excitements and concerns. They not only support us during the appointment, they also encourage and pray for us on a regular basis. They are available for questions regularly.
  3. God is a part of the entire process. Not an appointment goes by without the mention and praise of His name.
  4. Our children get to be active participants in prenatal care and as much as we’d like (and see as appropriate) during labor and delivery.
  5. One of our midwives has been a friend of ours prior to our pregnancy. We get to support our old and new friend’s in their practice.

Seeds Watered

There are many reasons I am thankful for the opportunity to choose midwife care and home birth versus the hospital. Yes, it is more cost-efficient. Yes, there is a difference in quality and genuineness of care. And for our family, the pros far outweigh the cons.

My Sister’s Keeper Birth and Midwifery
Photo Credit: Lane B Photography

Our midwives educate us during our appointment and beyond. They give us natural treatment options for things like anemia, thalassemia, etc. They even support us in our vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.
No, home births, birthing center births, and midwife care aren’t for everyone. But, if your pregnancy is low risk, know that there are options beyond the hospital. Please do your research and do what you and your family feel are safest and best for you and baby. If you’d like more information on natural home birth, I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned. Just leave a reply in the comments, and I’d love to answer any questions you may have.
If you live in the DFW area, are pregnant, and interested in home birth or more information about natural birthing in general, please look up My Sister’s Keeper Midwife. You can find them on Instagram and FaceBook @MSKMidwife. They’ve already been such an amazing blessing to me and my family, I just can’t keep them to myself.
Cheers to making well-informed decisions!
Deitra B.
deitra@theteachingwife.com

I am Deitra Baker, a servant, follower and lover of Christ. I am a wife to one amazing husband, and mother to two of God’s most amazing children...Read More »

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