I just wanted to put it out there based on threads and conversation over the last while, my daughter had a homebirth of her 1st child (my 1st granddaughter) in my house and bed on Saturday!! The experience was both awesome for her, her husband, the baby and especially for me.
Although I am extremely holistic in my approach, I never considered (perhaps ignorance??) homebirth when I had my 4 children. She was a real trooper, had a short labor (lucky her, espec w 1st) and a relatively fast delivery!! The experience was surreal. It was less "noisy" than a hospital. The baby (Deena) was quieter than what I am accustomed to as well. It just jived!!
After the birth, she just held her until the cord stopped pulsing (I got to cut the cord), the placenta came when it was ready, she nursed and was assisted to shower by her midwive, then it was family bonding time
The only difficulty is/was SLEEP!! Acually last night was a bit better for everyone all around. So the bottom line, if you are on the fence about the whole homebirth experience, I would highly recommend it!!
I would also add, Mom (thanks to her midwives) used homeopathics and herbs during labor and now postnatally too. Some were to ease labor, help with after birth discomfort and healing, also for the umbilicus care, for relaxation and much more. The baby had a cranial sacral massage yesterday and my daughter was treated to a moxa healing treatment by me!!