In Singapore, we have the option of a home birth with an obstetrician or a licensed midwife. They are highly-skilled and experienced professionals who will ensure that you are well supported and ready for any emergencies, should they arise.
According to the American Pregnancy Association:
Home birth may be an option for you if:
- You are having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy
- You want to avoid an episiotomy, cesarean section, epidural and other similar interventions
- You want to share the experience with family and friends
- You want to be free to move around, change positions, take a shower, and eat or drink freely during labor
- You want to enjoy the comforts of your home and familiar surroundings
Home birth is not for you if:
- You are diabetic
- You have chronic high blood pressure, or toxemia (also known as preeclampsia)
- You have experienced preterm labor in the past, or are at risk for preterm labor now
- Your partner does not fully support your decision to give birth at home
According to a study in the United Kingdom, approximately 40% of first time mothers and 10% of women who have previously given birth are transferred to the hospital for delivery.
The following are some of the reasons women are transferred:
- Maternal exhaustion
- Premature rupture of membranes
- High blood pressure
- No progress with labor
- Fetal distress
- Cord prolapse
For a breakdown of percentages you may refer to the following study
Tips When Considering a Home Birth
- Put together a health care team consisting of a midwife and an obstetrician
- Interview several midwives regarding their birth philosophy. You might be more comfortable with a midwife who shares your view of birth
- Write out a Plan B in case a hospital transfer is necessary
- Hire a doula
- Find out if your midwife works with a backup OB/GYN
- Find a pediatrician who will examine the baby within 24 hours of the birth
Home Birth Benefits
Home birth may be significantly easier on your bank account. An average uncomplicated vaginal birth costs about 60% less in a home than in a hospital.
Home birth provides immediate bonding and breastfeeding. Early breastfeeding helps the mother stop bleeding, clears mucus from the baby’s nose and mouth, and transfers disease-fighting antibodies in the milk from mother to baby.
Home birth allows you to be surrounded by those you love. By including children, family, and friends in the birth process, you are provided with many helpers, and everyone involved has the opportunity for intimate and close bonding.
At ParentLink, we provide services to help you with your home birth like doula services and equipment rental. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about home births, doula services and equipment rental. A home birth in Singapore may range from $5,000 to $12,000.