What are the advantages of home birth over a hospital birth?

Women choose to have their babies at home for various reasons, but some of the most common reasons we hear are the following:

  • Desire for a natural birth
  • More control and choice in who is there, where to labor, what position to labor in, whether to eat and drink, etc.
  • Security and comfort of own home and belongings
  • Less anxiety and stress
  • Immediate close contact with the new baby
  • Not attached to machines and IV poles
  • Greater sense of being able to let labor to progress naturally
  • Fewer interventions like epidurals, episiotomies, forceps/ vacuums, and unnecessary IVs
  • Lower risk of having an unnecessary cesarean
  • More family unity
  • Lower cost
  • Less exposure to hospital bacteria and other germs
  • Higher satisfaction level