Planned home births are an alternative to traditional hospital labor. There are many advantages to a home birth: women feel like they have greater control, they are free to wear their own clothes and move around their homes, and they have the security of giving birth to their child in a familiar and relaxing setting surrounded by loved ones. Additionally, women who choose home births are also electing to deliver without medical intervention, which can include pain medication. Home births are also less expensive than hospital births.
There are situations where a home birth is not recommended by a physician. For example, women with diabetes or another chronic medical condition are discouraged from home births, as are those who have previously had a C-section and those who experience pregnancy complications. Women considering a home birth should discuss the possibility carefully with their physician.