Homebirth Frequently Asked Questions
Do i need a second midwife?
Yes. As a requirement to meet the guidelines set out by our governing body, the primary midwife must have a second (also called a back-up) midwife present at the birth.
I work with a dedicated second midwife who is on call for your birth. You will have the opportunity to meet her in your pregnancy so she is a welcome familiar face at your birth.
What if something goes wrong?
Birthing at home is safe as long as the pregnancy and labour remain what is referred to as "normal". If anything arises that takes us beyond normal, beyond the level of care a midwife can provide, the simple answer is that we transfer to a higher level of care.
During your pregnancy you will be booked into a back up hospital so that, if needed, the transition to hospital can be seamless.
I carry emergency equipment and medication that can be used if required. The second midwife is also present if extra care is needed.
Do i have to leave home after my baby is born?
When you've had a wonderful birth experience at home the last thing you want to do is leave the house.
Luckily there is no need to leave when every thing goes according to plan.
I provide everything you'll need post birth, make sure you are all settled before I head off a few hours later, and will visit over the next few days tending to you and your bub's needs.
What supplies do i need?
Believe it or not, there isn't much at all that you need to prepare for your birth at home.
There are things that make it all a bit easier and more comfortable and I will help you with the organisation along the way.
It is nice to set up a birth space - picture what you would like around you as you give birth.
The main things that are helpful are ensuring you have plenty of towels and organise a hose and tap fitting (for the birth pool I provide).