Could home birth be for me?

“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.”
— Heather McCue

Home birth may be an option for you if:

  • You are having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.
  • You would prefer to share the experience with family and friends.
  • You would prefer to avoid an: epidural, episiotomy, cesarean section, or other similar interventions.
  • You want to feel able to move around freely, change positions, take a shower, or eat or drink at will, during your labor.
  • You would prefer to enjoy the comforts of your home and its familiar surroundings.

Why We Trust Home Birth:

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After attending more than a hundred births in several different hospitals in Austria, then moving for three years to Congo where I witnessed more than a hundred births in a primitive hospital with no energy, no running water, or no medical supplies, I realized that birth works!  The moms knew that giving birth is what women do. They walked, ate, laughed, cried, worked hard and rejoiced when they had their baby in their arms. After witnessing over 100 births in hospitals with all the interventions: the equipment, medication and supplies, I started wondering “Why does it seem so easy for my African women to give birth and it looked so hard for my women in the hospital to give birth? Why did they need all this extra?”  It was in beautiful Montana where I met Katrina Rausch, CPM, LM and with her witnessed my first home birth. It was then that I understood, that what we had in Africa was enough.  Because women do know how do give birth to their babies, wherever they live. I finally understood first hand that women have the wisdom and ability to give birth in their own way, at their own pace and do it naturally.