Usually when I tell people I had a home birth, those who don't know me are taken back a bit. After they finally catch their breath again, the first two things I hear are; "wow, you are really brave" and "why did you decide to birth at home?"
My answer is... NO, you are brave for birthing at a hospital! And this is why.
~ Home is the safest place for my babies to be born.
~ At home I am in control of my surroundings, body and birth experience.
~ Birth is a natural process, and I am confident in my ability to bring life into this world.
~ My risk of unnecessary interventions and c-section are dramatically lower.
~ No one touches your baby except you.
~ I was provided better and more personal care with one provider from beginning to end.
~ Home is comfortable and familiar.
~ You can eat and drink as you please.
~ Nurses aren't bothering you all hours of the day and night.
~ There is no pressure to waiver from your beliefs.
~ Siblings are welcome to attend.
~My list could go on and on!!
The last thing I say on my "defense" is...
"Why did you choose to birth in a hospital??"
My wish is that woman put in as much thought about birthing in a hospital as I did about birthing at home. Maybe they would see that home doesn't sound so scary after all.