Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Home Birth

Posted by Phil Aaronson at 7:52 PM

Its amazing watching your wife, or any woman for that matter give birth to a child. Watching your wife not only give birth, but be in so much control while doing it that she's able to reach back and catch the baby herself, it took the experience to a whole new level. Especially for her, but also for me. I don't know how to explain it. This birth was not just an experience I watched her survive, but one she met on her terms and really handled. I'm searching for the right words. It was one of the most impressive things I've ever seen.

A lot of my friends and family were worried about the home birth choice. But my wife, who is a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nurse at Stanford, had done the research. The dirty little secret she discovered: for a baby free of risk factors its safer to give birth at home than it is in the hospital. For a lot of reasons, including everything from increased risk of infection in the hospital to over eager c-section loving OBs.

All that aside, the care itself is better with a midwife. They only takes on a few clients a month, so you're much more likely to see her deliver the baby. My wife would go for her prenatal appointments and chat with the midwife for an hour. An hour? What OB does that? And my goodness, its an order of magnitude less expensive.

Our midwife was Donna at Town & Country Midwifery Service, in Palo Alto, CA. I can't recommend her highly enough. I still can't believe how well it worked out for us.


Anonymous k.n. said...

I am also a nurse who worked CCU and ICU when I decided to have my baby at home in Pacifica for the same reason, safety, and non interference. Donna was also my midwife, and thanks to the wonderful experience of my home birth, I went on to become a nurse midwife. My baby is now 26 and planning a home birth with his pregnant wife in the North Bay.
Kathryn N.

2/17/2006 9:53 PM  

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