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Top 10 Things To Know When Considering A Home Birth.

Home births are becoming more and more common and acceptable in modern society. Having had 2 hospital births as well as 2 home births, all of which went really well, I am certainly an advocate for a woman being aware of all her birthing options. Since you are considering having a home birth, and naturally have some questions and concerns, I wanted to share with you my top 10 Things to know when considering a home birth!

pregnant woman sitting on bed considering a home birth

Are You So Excited For Your Baby to Arrive?

I remember considering home birth for the first time with my second pregnancy. My first labor and delivery had been so smooth, I literally said to my husband, “shoot, we could totally do this at home, by ourselves!”

During my first delivery, I labored for 7 hours at home, went to the hospital, laid in a bed for about 3 hours, pushed out a baby, and went home 48 hours later (although I was ready to get home after 24 hours, hospital policy stated I had to stay.)

I put a lot of homework into my first home birth. I learned a lot and went on to have 2 truly great home births.

Truth be told, while I did do a lot to aid in my home birth success, much of my home birth good fortune was just that… plain ole good fortune! Both my grandmothers had several babies well. My mom had 5 babies well, and I followed suit.

When it comes to home birth there are elements you can control and those you can not. Let’s talk about both nature and nurture aspects of home birth…shall we?

The Top 10 Things To Know When Considering A Home Birth.

#1. What do genetics say?

#2. Let history serve you well.

#3. It is essential to find the right home birth midwife for you.

#4. Just about everything available to you at the hospital is available at a home birth.

#5. You need a good support system!

#6. Pain management is possible.

#7. You must be ready to be largely responsible for your own care.

#8. Be healthy! Like really, really healthy!

#9. Home birth is not always cheaper.

#10. Take all guidance, both positive and negative with a grain of salt.

The Proof is in the Birth Story.

That baby came so fast, he was born in the ER department of the hospital only moments after arriving! By the time she conceived her 4th, she knew with confidence home birth was a very reasonable option for her! Her 4th baby was born at home without any trouble.

Three Different Women, All Home Birth Successes!

Each of these women had one thing in common. They were all suited well for home births.

Doing your homework, taking charge of what you can control and knowing your body well – make for a great home birth. My home births were magical and I treasured each experience! Your baby will only be born once.

Having the home birth you want is a precious gift for your Mommy-heart. Your home birth is going to be great and I for one, can not wait to hear all about it!


Hi there! I'm Mama Duck,

I'm a stay-at-home/work-at-home, homeschooling Mama of 4 beautiful kiddos, wife to my loving husband, Parenting Coach, Speaker, and Writer. I adore the sound of my children's giggles, that first sip of hot coffee, and a snuggly blanket fresh out of the dryer. Here on Faithful Parenting, my heart is to equip mamas with the skills, knowledge, and biblical wisdom to raise fantastic kids and build a tethered family!