- Privacy: some women find that they feel inhibited by the presence of hired birth care providers.
- Responsibility: freebirthing women have an understanding that no matter where they birth they are responsible for their bodies and their babies and they want to embrace this responsibility rather than fear it.
- Power: at a freebirth the birthing woman is the only expert in the room.
- Natural Birth: freebirthing women are highly motivated to have completely natural births, and for some this means birthing the same way that our ancient foremothers did.
- Empowerment: many women feel that freebirth is the best way to ensure they have an empowering childbirth experience.
- Intimacy: in the absence of care providers the birthing woman and her loved ones are better able to enjoy a very intimate birth experience.
- Instincts: some women feel that the only way they can truly tune into their own instincts, rather than rely on the suggestions of those attending the birth, is to freebirth.
- Because they can! Women who choose to freebirth are generally low-risk women who know, either from extensive research or first-hand experience, that they don't need a midwife to watch them labour.
- If you require medical treatment during a freebirth it will be up to you to make that decision and arrange for a transfer to hospital
- Independent midwives are able to provide in-home medical treatment for a range of issues and as such can help prevent needing a transfer to hospital
- Partners, family and friends who may be supportive during pregnancy and the planning stages of freebirthing may change their tune while you are in labour and make trusting your instincts challenging.
- Some midwives may be willing to be on call to you on the off chance you require it during birth, ask around during pregnancy. Other midwives are happy to sit in another room of the house while you birth and only perform checks when you explicitly request.
- You may be able to find a doula who is willing to attend your homebirth without a midwife, but many won't. Those who do cannot provide you with any more support than a very respectful and wise friend or family member. A doula may help your partner and other family and friends present to relax and trust your judgment during birth.
- Registering your baby's birth can be frustrating and require jumping through beauracratic hoops. Look into birth registration protocols in your state before you choose freebirth.
- You will be responsible for your own care during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Depending on how knowledgable and supportive your partner, friends and family are, this can increase your workload/stress during pregnancy, birth and during postpartum recovery.
- Be prepared for those common variations on normal birth. Some midwifery/childbirth and general first aid education is essential.
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