Why I chose a home birth and why it was right for me and the more practical phases of recovering from a birth at home were questions pricking all?
Believe me, circumstances made me to opt for home-birth procedure. It was the eighth month of my pregnancy and I had to join my duties in a remote village.
Two days after my joining in that village office, I started getting labor pains.
The due date of my delivery was not so near.
I had no options but to call for local help. The people were generous and helpful. They called a local midwife and to my surprise she had recently retired from Army Medical Services and was fully qualified.
I was shaky about home delivery and was constantly calling my doctor. But midwife gave me assurances about safe child birth.
For me it was some new way of birth as I had never seen home-birth before. I had researched baby slings and sites. My mid-wife had a specific birth plan. She took me to the bedroom as a precautionary measure. In fact, there were no facilities for hygienic surgical procedure. She gave some herbal mixture to drink and I felt energized.
Within an hour my boy came out naturally on the floor without troubling me much. He was my second child and came out faster than the first one delivered in a hospital. The umbilical cord was attached to my boy and midwife cut it smoothly.
There was no shifting but only one bed, hot water tub, some antiseptics, towels, cotton and many more small things. She did everything with comforting smiles and her expert hands.
There was no IV and no shots to speed up delivery.
My mid-wife put me on complete bed rest for seven days after the delivery.
I was not permitted to go to the toil-let or bathroom for three days.
I was not allowed either to climb or go downstairs as that could harm my uterus.
Everything I needed was made available to me without lifting a finger.
I was not allowed to go out for 3 weeks, but to nurse my baby.
The home-birth process was so smooth and there was really no confusion at all. My husband had concerns, but we managed it efficiently.
There were no problems during lab or and when time came I was on the floor with towels and absorbent pads spread under me. My boy was born on earth not on the bed.
All clean-ups were done by my mid-wife and I was hooked with my new bundle of joy. My placenta was buried as there were no deep freezers.
The mid-wife told me about different types of umbilical cords such as long cords or short cords, breech or creepy births without any harm to infant or the mother
At my home city, I had a hospital birth plan ready with my pediatrician.
My midwife was luckily an ex-army nurse fully trained and experienced.
Really, home birth is a natural process that develops bond between mother and child naturally.