HomeBirth Births

Home Birth Is So Much More

That could be the silliest question or do, what our New Zealand NGO, Common Knowledge Trust, hopes it will do … wake you up!

Home is where the Heart is so every woman has a homebirth.

Home is where our body is at the moment so every woman has a homebirth Home is the fact that every woman births alone no matter how many are around her because no one can do the activity except her.

Homebirth can be alone by the side of a rice paddy, intentionally in your own home, taken out of your village to a special place, in the middle of war or famine, while experiencing abuse.

Every birthing woman has a home birth because there is no place else to go except within herself. Yet, somehow the word ‘homebirth’ has come to symbolize the ‘right or ideal’ birth … of course, only when it’s a lovely experience.

Since the 1980s, at least in the US, homebirth has become the symbol of being anti-medical. In other countries where giving birth at home is part of the maternity system, then the transfer to the hospital when necessary does not signify a ‘failure’.

When hundreds of fathers and mothers developed all the Birthing Better skills in the early 1970s in the US, like today, each State has its rules about giving birth in your own home by intent and who/if any can be your birth provider.

This makes things complex, doesn’t it?

Everyone should do some research into Marjorie Tew, a UK statistician who researched home births with multiple risks. Here’s a very broad interpretation of what she said: ‘There is almost zero correlation between risk factors and how easy it is for a baby to get out of a woman’s body or how well she copes with the naturally occurring pain of labor contractions.

This broad interpretation is great news, particularly when you couple it with a very high societal level of belief that it’s normal and natural for all expectant families to self-learn birth and birth coaching skills in pregnancy and then use those skills throughout the activity of birthing their baby. In other words, we, birthing women and birth-coaches can reduce the ‘suffering’ that drives women to seek ‘pain relief’ in hospital and long 1st and 2nd Stages that drives women to the hospital to ‘get labor over with’.

Being skilled can also reduce or prevent many ‘risks’ from becoming problems so not just ‘low-risk pregnant women’ assumed to have a low-risk birth can ‘choose’ a home birth.