Planning a Home Birth
If you have already decided to plan a homebirth, this page will help you to get organised. The resources below are listed in more or less the order you are likely to need them!
- How to arrange a homebirth For those living in the UK, this page explains your rights to a homebirth, and what to do if you have trouble organising one - eg if your doctor is unsure, or the midwives say they are understaffed.
- Antenatal preparation - things you can do while pregnant to increase your chances of a straightforward birth, including getting baby into a good position, hypnotherapy, antenatal classes etc..
Hypnotherapy for childbirth - an extremely helpful addition to your labour 'toolkit'. Even if you don't use it in labour, you spend some quality time practising relaxation techniques in pregnancy - but it can be a wonderful way to help manage labour.
- Preparation for Labour - things that you might want to do in labour, but should think about before that point!
- Waterbirth - birth pool suppliers in the UK, waterbirth stories, and practical issues.
- Birthplans - one of those things to think about before 36 weeks...
Equipment - "shopping list" of things that you might want to get ready. All you really need for a homebirth is a pregnant woman and a home, but sometimes a few other things are handy.
You might also be interested in these pages:
- You can't have a homebirth, because.... lots of reasons why some health professionals might advise you against homebirth. Some reasons are more persuasive than others; it's always your decision.
But what if...? Some frequently asked questions of the "What if something goes wrong?" variety.
Home Birth Reference Page