The short answer is yes. Whether you are birthing at home or elsewhere, I’m going to offer you some thoughts on minimizing pain during labor and birth.
So home birth is really appealing for a lot of people these days, but one of the things that prevents people from jumping in is the fear of not being able to handle the pain. I’m not going to lie, labor and birth are really hard work. There is an intensity to it that is quite unique to giving birth. And also, not sugar coating, it is manageable. It’s really hard for awhile, and then it’s over and gone. I have seen people roar, shout, hum, growl, rock, dance, laugh, and breathe their way through, but I have never once had anyone tap out of home birth during labor because of the pain. Not that there would be anything wrong with that at all, but in those moments at home, people seem to just handle it.
I’m going to give you some reasons why I believe that labor pain is more manageable at home:
Being at home in general lends itself to a more comfortable birth. There are also plenty of things you can do to help you cope during labor at home or in any setting:
So is there really anything that can be done to minimize the pain in labor? There is no magic bullet in unmedicated birth. No one can take the intensity away, but you can be supported through it by preparing yourself well. The choices you make leading up to labor and the team and location you choose are what can help you have a labor that is more comfortable and manageable.
“How messy is it? Is it going to look like a horror scene afterwards?”
This question pops up all the time during my home birth consultations. And ok, it’s a fair question right?
So here is the answer. Birth can get a little messy, yes. But by the time we tuck you in your bed and leave your home, no one would ever know a baby was just born in your room.
Home birth teams are total pros at cleaning up after births, and that is not your job in any way. You will be enjoying your baby in your bed and sipping some tea while we put the towels in the wash with peroxide to get out any stains. We will change your sheets while you shower and clean up any little spots that might have escaped the absorbent chux pads we throw down around you while you give birth.
If you used a birth pool, it will catch the majority of the mess, and then we just pump out the water into your toilet for you while you rest. We will get that tub taken down and put away so it’s not taking up your space.
During labor, when you are nearing the time to birth your baby, we will be throwing down chux pads under and around you to catch the mess. We put plastic backed sheets on the floor around your bed to keep your carpet clean. We do our very best to protect your space and make for easy clean up.
So can it get a little messy? Sure, but not horror scene messy, and we are ready for it. It’s not as messy as you may think, and we won’t leave any mess for you to clean up while you’re trying to settle in with your new baby.