A lot more women are choosing to give birth at home these days as it is becoming safer and more accepted to do so. You would have a midwife present and you can even set up your own birthing pool. You might also like to have a doula, or birthing partner who are there to help keep you focussed or help you with hypnobirthing. She would also be able to stay after the baby has been born to help you bond and establish breast feeding.
There are many positive aspects to home birthing. You will be more relaxed in familiar surroundings with all your belongings and family around you. You will also usually be familiar with the midwife who will be delivering your baby, so you will feel more at ease. If you have older children they won't have to be separated from you, and you will be able to stay with your partner after the birth.
Whilst home births are a lot safer than in the past there are still risks, especially if it is your first baby. If complications arise you would need to be transferred to a hospital to finish your labour there. This happens in around 40% of first time mothers, 10% in subsequent pregnancies. Also, if you decide that you want an epidural you would need to be transferred to hospital as they are not able to be administered at home.
It is important when considering a home birth to take into account your own health, and the health of your baby. You might find it useful to come to us at Innermost Secrets for our antenatal care package. You will receive more in depth pregnancy scans and could also have a well being ultrasound scan to ensure that your baby is as healthy as possible before your home birth.