Choosing between a hospital or home birth is one of the key decisions you will face as a pregnant mama. Making choices around your birth can feel a little overwhelming. It can be easy to procrastinate on this and put it off. But actually, that’s the last thing you should do, because once you start getting your head around things, you realise that there’s actually quite a lot for you to consider. It’s not like you have a bunch of inconsequential decisions to make. Each decision you’re faced with has the potential to have quite an impact depending on how things go. But whichever way things end up going on the day, you will need to live with your decisions. So for the sake of your future feelings about your birth, I would urge you to spend the time up front getting savvy on things so that you feel well-enough informed on the various aspects of birth. No-one else is responsible for the birth of your baby other than you and your partner; your responsibility for the little one start now.

hospital or home birth

Hospital or home birth?

In today’s podcast, I want to help you think through the hospital or home birth dilemma. To help me, I’m going to be joined by Sonia Killik.

Sonia is the author of the book Birth {f**k yeah!} in which she urges and empowers expectant mothers to take back control of their bodies and their births. In a medicated world dominated by caesareans, interventions and impersonality, this step-by-step guide navigates the world of pregnancy and birth. It provides an in-depth account of all the options available to expectant women – from midwives and doulas, home and hospital births, and all the drugs and interventions in between – leaving the reader fully-equipped, knowledgeable and ready to take on nature’s biggest and most rewarding challenge – to bring a baby into this world.

During our chat, Sonia draws on a lot of the research that she carried out as part of the writing for her book. One thing is clear: she desperately wants to arm you with the facts so that you can make a decision that’s right for you. By sharing her own personal experience of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, this book is an honest, empowering and highly readable guideline to childbirth;

  • Learn about each birthing method available to you
  • How your birthing choice effects your baby and yourself
  • Pre and post birth guides and support
  • Breastfeeding and formula choices

I have to warn you though, Sonia and I are both pretty passionate when it comes to birth and helping women to be informed and feel empowered about their birth, and we did have a few rants! But I hope that in doing we help you to figure out what feels more appropriate for you: hospital or home birth.

Sonia was a true super-star on the podcast too because she came armed with a ton of facts and statistics around birth, and I hope that this helps you when trying to navigate all this when it comes to chossing between a hospital or home birth. But that’s not all. She’s also provided a load of extra FREE goodies to help you on your pregnancy and birthing journey, but I’ll tell you about those in a bit.

We covered so much during our chat, including

  • the difference between a hospital birth and a home birth
  • some statistics on the the level interventions encountered during hospital births versus home births
  • statistics on the safety of home birth
  • why a clinical or hospital environment is not conducive to birth
  • important considerations for a hospital or home birth
  • the need to consider birth holistically when making your birth choices
  • how some birth choices impact you and your baby over the long-term, and why it’s important to bear long-term impact in mind
  • insights into how care providers within the hospital environment might be approaching birth
  • why striving for a natural birth doesn’t mean that you get it
  • why she considers birth to be a conscious journey
  • the importance of not judging yourself for how things ultimately pan out, or judging others!

Sonia wrapped up our chat with some final advice for preparing for a positive birth

  1. Find yourself a good midwife
  2. Hire a doula
  3. Educate yourself on birth
  4. Clear your fears

Not sure I could put it better myself!

Extra FREE Resources

Earlier I mentioned that Sonia is providing a ton of extra stuff to help you on your pregnancy and birthing journey. Well, let me tell you what;

  1. Breastmilk vs Formula – Nutritional Guide
  2. Birth Bag Checklist
  3. Summary of birth interventions, and their impact on mother and baby.

(I’m sorry but this free guide is no longer available.  If you are looking for super useful resources such as this then join the Fearless Mama Ship. Find out more here.)

About Sonia

Sonia Killik is a metaphysician with a deep love for helping people to heal and to live awesome lives. Before writing full time she managed an NGO where she had the pleasure of bugging big business to change their ways. Her candid and honest approach has made her a popular guest speaker and a frequent contributor to many publications.
 
Her first book Birth {f**k yeah!} debunks many myths surrounding childbirth and is soon to be followed by Human: What to do about it. When not dancing around her house with her daughter Lulu, Sonia can be found night-running with a barely working headlamp.

Find out more about her work and her books at soniakillik.com. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Google +

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Alexia Leachman

Alexia is the host of the Fear Free Childbirth podcast and the author of Fearless Birthing, Childbirth, Midwifery & the Media, and Clear Your Head Trash.

Alexia supports families planning pregnancy and birth. She helps them to overcome their fears and feel calm and confident about birth and pregnancy.

Alexia also trains birth professionals in the Fearless Birthing, a unique approach to birth preparation that is ideal for those who have fears around birth.
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