When asked to name the best thing(s) about their home birth women mentioned the following:

*Not having to go anywhere


*My amazing midwife


*Having these memories in my own home


*The amazing prenatal and postpartum care.  I got so much attention! I appreciated being able to text my midwife with questions anytime


*Not having to put any clothes on


*People touching me how and when I permit


*It made me feel like birth is a normal part of life


*I was able to be fully present without interruptions


*I felt safe in a way that I was surrounded by people I trust and wouldn't be persuaded, prodded or pressured into anything I didn't really want


*No worry about someone performing unnecessary procedures on my little guy


*Knowing who would be at my birth before it happened


*Eating when I wanted


*The ability to be completely primal and autonomous during this spiritual experience


*Only the people I invited, wanted and trusted were there


*The prenatal and postpartum care, the same level is impossible in the hospital system.  The time and individual attention and the relationship that was built was so impactful


*Less freaky germs and more fresh air


*Climbing into my own bed


*Flexibility with my due date


*Being relaxed before and after


*Being fed the exact food I wanted after the birth


*How primal it feels and having the utmost faith in my body


*No getting bugged by nurses all night and no repeated interruptions


*Laboring on my own furniture


*Knowing my older children were asleep upstairs and how soon after birth they got to meet their sister


*Laying in bed for days after birth without being busy and moving


*Home visits after baby was born so I didn't need to go anywhere