Hospital Birth or Home Birth? That is the question…

So, you’re pregnant. But where do you want to give birth to your baby? At hospital or at home? Many expectant mothers struggle with making this decision, despite a plethora of information out there about both options.

What might help is to hear from a mother who has been in both situations. Her name is Amy and she told me about her two different experiences and how they compare for the health website NetDoctor.

With her first baby, Amy and her husband decided to try for a home birth. After hours of successful labouring at home in the birthing pool, the midwife who was looking after her decided that it was best for Amy to be transferred to hospital, as the baby just wasn’t making an appearance. With some medical intervention, given by a team of medical professionals Amy was very impressed with, she safely delivered a healthy baby boy.

When she fell pregnant again, it wasn’t an easy decision where to have her second baby, but in the end Amy and her husband decided to try for a home birth again. This time they involved a doula who was a perfect addition to the team that Amy already formed with her husband. Amy told me so passionately and yes, joyfully about her second labour, which was a very positive experience for her, that I completely welled up whilst listening to her. Read here how Amy quite amazingly ended up giving birth to another healthy baby boy at home without a single medical professional present.

Laetitia Tempelman

I am a freelance journalist whose specialist area is women and their extraordinary lives and achievements. Additionally I am a PR manager for a Bristol-based creative media agency. I’ve held several Journalism and PR roles at Reuters, Future Publishing, Gartner and currently at Publicity Matters. Originally from the Netherlands, I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Plymouth (BA Hons). I subsequently finished a Masters in European Journalism at Cardiff University.

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