Few women give attention to the way they wish to give birth when they find out and usually select a primary caregiver based on friends’ and family’s recommendations. But by the second trimester, the questions of birthing options start to creep in. The central question should however be: “What do I need to know to give birth and what option is right for me?”
Women who choose a midwife wish to deliver naturally with minimal interference – usually in birthing hospitals. Low-technology care is provided in a homely and relaxed atmosphere. Childbirth is regarded as a normal life experience where confidence in the body’s natural ability to cope with childbirth is promoted.
Having the baby at home may be an option for a mother who previously experienced a healthy, uncomplicated and straightforward pregnancy. At home, you decide how to give birth. When in a familiar environment, you are more likely to relax and to manage the pain of contractions.