Home Birth Vs. Hospital Birth

Personally, I don't have super strong opinions toward either option. I gave birth in a hospital and had a very good experience. Well, as good as any experience can be when you're in intense pain for 21 hours while pushing something the size of a watermelon out of you...

Hospital Birth Pros:
My nurses were great and stayed with me for their entire shift. We were there for so long that we switched nurses once, but our first nurse came back just to see me the next day while we were recovering. I felt really well cared for. I also felt safe knowing that there were lots of different medical professionals there if I needed second opinions or specialized care. We had a great delivery room with private bathroom and lots of space. They respected all of my wishes for skin to skin contact, delayed cord cutting, no pacifiers, and breastfeeding without question.

Hospital Birth Cons:
You are on a bit of an assembly line. My nurses were very attentive but I knew that they had other patients at the same time. It was also a foreign environment where I didn't have as much control as I would've at home. For example, nurses kept coming in to check on me or Avery throughout the night which interrupted sleep even more. If I was home things probably would've been done on my schedule. I also had to follow their guidlines for food. At home I could have just done what felt right.

Home Birth Pros:
Since I've never delivered at home I can only guess at the pros and cons, but here's what I think. It would've been nice to have a midwife that knew me and my husband intimately. I probably would be more comfortable talking about what I needed/wanted during labor because I'd know them better. It also would've been nice to recover at home instead of spending a few days in the hospital away from home.

Home Birth Cons:
Personally, I liked leaving the house to deliver. It made me feel like I was doing something productive instead of just waiting in pain on my couch. Maybe that's weird, but it just felt like things were officially happening. Plus I didn't have to worry about getting my house ready for birth and then cleaning it up after, LOL. I also would be worried about medical complications given my history of miscarriages.

What did you like/dislike about where you delivered your baby?

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      I've been ok with hospital birth up to my last. I do think it's nice to be able to KNOW you have a day or two to catch up on sleep and focus on baby solely. But this last time, I was going to crazy. It was nice to have a night nurse who decided my sleep was more important than the 'tummy massage'. And of course I heard the 'we're supposed to tell you not to co sleep' to which I replied 'I can't do skin to skin AND make her sleep in the bassinet, so which am I supposed to do?'
        I had a homebirth with my son 14 months ago and LOVED it! I was in my own environment. I could focus on labor without any interruptions from hospital staff. I could drink water or juice the whole time. Laboring in water was amazing. I recovered in my own bed with no sleep interruptions, took a shower immediately after birth, and my midwife made me a meal and cleaned everything up after.

        I have moved to a different state since then, and homebirth isn't an option here. I will have to deliver in a hospital this time, and I'm actually a little scared of it.
        Be firm and get a doula. I was firm with my all natural, but couldn't get a doula and there were a few things slipped in when I was in that cloud right after she came. Now we wish we had found a doula... Priceless. Also see about in hospital midwives. Not near the same, but it's worth a try. :)
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        I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.