Delivering a newborn baby at home is one of the most amazing (if a little disgusting) things that a paramedic can do in his or her career. Home birthing is still a very common occurance, whether by choice or accident. As a paramedic, I’ve delivered 11 babies in the past 5 or so years.
Fortunately, women have been having babies at home for many thousands of years and they really don’t require much help from us to make sure that the baby gets delivered.
Home birthing has become more popular lately for reasons of personal choice and comfort. If you are going to have a natural birth, and your obstetrician doesn’t forsee any complications, there are very little reasons why you can’t have a home birth, which will allow you to deliver your baby in the comfort of your own home. However, the downside to this is that you will be making a mess of your own sheets… and, if there are un-forseen complications with your delivery, you will not be in hospital with all the normal resources of a hospital.
As with everything else in birthing, it is a personal choice.