For centuries, women had their babies at home. There were no birthing centers, and hospitals were for the most part places were terminally ill people went to get comfort before they die. While the advances in medical science over the past century have made childbirth much safer and more comfortable than it was in the past, the fact of the matter is that many women still would prefer to undergo the birth experience in the familiar setting of their own home.
A home birth will allow a family to bypass some of the often-unnecessary interventions that come along with delivering a baby in a hospital. It can also be considerably less expense.
On the other hand, having a home birth probably isn’t a good idea for a woman with a high risk pregnancy. This includes women who:
- Have certain medical conditions, including things like diabetes or high blood pressure
- Have previously had abdominal surgery, uterine surgery or a c-section.
- Experience complications during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, premature labor or a breech baby
- Are carrying twins or multiples.
Cost is one reason people choose to have a home birth. Even if you have medical insurance, the fact of the matter is that it can be pricing. Home births can cost much less. The average hospital birth will cost between $5,000 and $7,000, while a home birth can cost around $2,000. There are other costs, as well, but the bottom line is that there are plenty of savings to be had.
You should make sure, however, that you check with your insurer before deciding on a home birth. Some medical insurance policies will cover a home birth, but some won’t. in some cases, they may only pay certain fees, such as the cost of the midwife. Knowing what to expect in this regard will save you plenty of headaches down the road.
Finally, make sure you discuss your home birth plans with your doctor. Your doctor may be able to point out potential concerns or issues in regard to your health or the health of your baby that may make a home birth less than an ideal situation.