7 Things About Home Birth You Probably Didn’t Know

Home birth is a vaginal delivery where the moms deliver comfortably in the four walls of their own home, preferably in a birthing tub full of water. The midwife helps with the birth and there is minimal medical intervention—except in the case of any complications wherein, the mother is shifted to the hospital.

However, many moms are still inquisitive about home birth, looking for the information that comes from a personal experience. They usually want to find out what comes after the birth. Mother Kristine Ginther, who has delivered 4 out of her 5 kids at home has answered a few questions about what happens after the birth of the baby and how things are managed by the midwife.


Here are a set of 7 questions and answers.

1. What Happens To The Birthing Tub After Delivery?

The tub is actually an inflatable one—these are specially designed for birthing. They inflate quickly and come with a pump to drain out the water after birth. They also have nozzle attachment that fits almost every faucet at home and also has disposable liners fitted in them.


After draining the water, they are cleaned, deflated, and folded up to be taken back by the midwife.

2. How Is The Water Get Drained?

A pump does that job—it comes with a hose pipe. Your midwife may also ask you to buy a garden hose for the same purpose. Mind you, the tub full of water isn’t to be dragged to another place, least it will tear and it all ends in a mess. The hose drains the water out. One could also use a laundry tub to drain out the water.


3. How Is The Waste Cleaned From the Pool?

The midwives do the cleaning themselves and the mothers need not get their hands dirty. The father or other (doula) who accompany the midwife could also assist in cleaning the tub. Some midwives also have a net at the base of the tub to filter out the chunks. They also have a disinfectant to clean the tub towards the end.

4. How Do They Take Care Of The Placenta?

In the third stage of labor, the placenta is expelled out. Your midwife might get a disposable pan along or ask you to buy it. It is a 13×9 inches pan to hold the placenta, which is usually out between 15 minutes to an hour after birth. The midwife will do the work of wrapping it up and disposing it.


5. What About The Tests And Checkup Of The Baby After Birth?

After your baby is born, your midwife will check the baby’s height, weight, reflexes, APGAR scoring ( a quick medical exam to check if your baby needs medical assistance), hernia check and so on. She might come later or the next day to do other checkups. The midwife will also ask you to contact a pediatrician or refer you to one.

6. Are Vitamin K Shots Still Administered To The Mother And Baby?

Midwives do carry a medication kit with them, which include Vitamin K shots, required to be given to the mother to stop excessive bleeding after birth. Vitamin K shots are also needed for babies to reduce the risk of a rare bleeding disorder called vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB).


7. What About The Birth Certificate?

The midwife carries the essential and certified papers required for the birth. It is written/filled either on the same day or on the next day. After filling the form, the birth certificates need to notarized by a local administrator by visiting the office.

More and more mothers are preferring home births over hospital births, find out why.