Home births vs. hospital births, pros & cons
Human beings have been giving birth to children from the beginning of time. As this process evolved over time, we were left with the traditional home births and hospital births. But are these processes the same? What are their respective advantages and disadvantages? Which of the two will be best for a woman who is in labour and is about to give birth? These are very crucial questions, and they will be answered in the remaining parts of this piece.
- Cost: When it comes to the cost, home birth is surely far more pocket-friendly. If a woman gives birth to her child at home, she will not have to pay all those hefty hospital bills as there is no large health team around her. In fact, some women who experienced home birth gave birth to all their children all by themselves. So, when it comes to the cost-saving measure of giving birth, home births are clearly better. For most people, hospital births are very expensive and can dig a massive hole into the finances. It is even more challenging for those who are not covered by any form of medical insurance. Some women choose to give birth at home because they cannot afford the hospital bills and not because they love to give birth at their homes.
- Complications: Pregnancies are very dangerous because, by their very nature, they can result in many complications. As a result of this, hospital births are always better and preferred because there are trained professionals on standby ready to attend to any form of complications or even in more serious cases, emergencies that may arise. But if the woman chose to give birth at home, then there will be little or limited assistance for her when complications or emergencies come up. This can make all the difference between life and death. For this reason alone, many women choose never to give birth at home.
- Family presence: When you give birth at home, there is a higher chance of being surrounded and supported by your family members. This can be a very memorable event for the family. Well, on the other hand, this cannot happen in the hospital because the labour room is seriously restricted.
- – Infections: Your home is not sterilised so there is a higher chance of getting an infection when giving birth at home. This is not the same thing with a hospital environment where everything has been put in place to ensure there are no forms of contamination or infections at all for the pregnant woman. Once again, these chances of infections can make all the difference in the world between life and death for the woman and/or her baby.