Unless you've been living under a rock (and are already a hermit), by now you have likely experienced a huge shift in your daily life due to the COVID-19 virus. The effects of social distancing are touching everyone, and if you're currently pregnant, you likely have a lot of questions about what this will mean as you get closer to your due date. Many moms are considering a home birth now, when they never would have before. They are worried about having to give birth without the support they want and need. They are worried about being separated from their baby if they have any symptoms. And they are worried that, if this gets really bad, there might not even be room at their hospital for them to give birth.
These are crazy times, for sure.
Responding with fear rarely leads to good outcomes. But you probably shouldn't be burying your head in the sand pretending everything is fine, either. Now more than ever, I encourage expecting moms everywhere to learn everything they can about their local hospital policies, their options and their rights to maintain grounded and take control where they can.
Hannah of Happy Life Birth Services and I recently did a live video talking about just that - and hopefully answered some of those questions for you. Our goal is to offer support, encouragement, and resources to help you make the best decision for you and your family and control what you can during this unprecedented time. And we're not done yet.
If you are finding yourself on the fence about having a home birth because of what’s going on right now, you'll definitely want to listen in!
FIRST - DISCLAIMER - Hannah and I are not medical professionals, and this is not intended to be taken as medical advice. Make sure to do your own research and make the best judgement for you and your family. We simply want to offer support, resources and encouragement so you can make empowered choices in your birth.
In the live video, we discussed home birth options available to you, whether you choose to have a midwife or deliver unassisted. We also talk about what you will need, from mindset to tangible tools for labor, delivery and postpartum.
If you are healthy, your baby is healthy and your pregnancy is low risk, home birth IS an option. Especially if your support system will not be allowed in the hospital and/or there is no room available when you go into labor. Home birth doesn’t have to be scary. And it doesn’t have to mean you stay home at all costs. It simply means you plan to deliver at home as long as everything is going well, and go to the hospital if/when complications arise.
Stay tuned in the next few days and weeks as we bring more helpful information and resources to you to help you navigate your pregnancy and birth through this novel time. And don't be afraid to reach out to either I or Hannah for encouragement, support or just someone to vent to!! We're in this together.
I also wanted to mention that the applications for the home birth model call promotion open tomorrow! The timing on this promotion is nothing short of spooky - I swear I didn't plan it this way! If you want more information about the model call and how to apply, you can join the wait list here and you'll be notified as soon as applications are open!
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay EMPOWERED. You got this, momma.