Choosing Home Birth and the Right Midwife

How home birthing can work for you?

Home birthing, as the term implies, is an option wherein your baby will greet the real world right in the comfort of your own home. However, not all mothers can choose to home birthing for one striking reason and that is if the mother is considered as high risk and needs special attention of doctors in a hospital setting.

If you have a healthy pregnancy and fit to do home birthing, then here are the three main factors that you need to keep in mind:

1. Constantly practice how to have a good breathing – Practicing your breathing through numerous breathing exercises can help you endure labor pains during child birth. In fact, it can help you relax as proper breathing can regulate the natural flow of oxygen in your body. The deep inhale and long exhale and how to hold your breathe during contractions can really help you during child birth.

2. Keep your focus during labor and delivery – To help you focus, you will then be directed to breathe properly. The intervals of your contractions including its frequency and intensity should be aided with a long abdominal type of breathing.

3. Stay relaxed as much as possible – Learn the different relaxation exercises to help you maintain your focus and stay relaxed. Drawing in a long and deep abdominal type of breathing while in labor pains and contractions can help you achieve relaxation. To do this, draw in air in four counts then draw out air when you reached the eight counts. See the rising and falling of your abdomen? If not, then you must be doing it incorrectly.

You will also benefit from enrolling in a program that will teach you different techniques in breathing like the Bradley or Lamaze techniques. The first technique will mostly aid you in between your contractions and give you the most relaxation and rest while the latter technique is good for you to manage labor pains. However, another important factor to help you get through all these exercises is the support coming from your spouse or partner. But to give you support on other things, you have the midwife to rely upon.

How to choose your midwife and other support system?

There are actually three types of midwives – Lay Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). Each type of midwife can aid you in home births or delivery at a birthing center and has a certain set of qualifications that should meet your needs. For the lay midwives, they learned from years and years of experience in aiding mothers deliver their newborns into this world. They are self-taught and opted not to have certifications or accreditation’s from different midwife registries. They can also collaborate with a physician but they do not necessarily need a physician’s go signal.

The certified professional midwives, on the other hand, have received formal training and they need approval from the North American Registry of Midwives, while the certified nurse-midwives hold greater qualifications since they have formal degrees in midwifery and nursing. They hold certifications from the American College of Nurse Midwives, thus CNM can also assist you in a hospital setting. The care and support you will expect from your midwife will depend on her expertise and credentials. So, determine what type of midwife you will work with. home birth

Remember that you will be establishing a long working relationship with your midwife especially if you opt to receive midwife care on your prenatal stage, during pregnancy or even until your postpartum stage. If you want to learn more, visit