Any woman that is nearing the due date for the birth of their child gets bummed with excitement, however, they often tend to start asking themselves some questions as well. For instance, many wonder what would they do if they are home alone when the baby starts coming out and there is no one around to help out. Even though this kind of scenario is mostly present in movies and TV shows, statistics show that less than one in every 1000 women has to endure unplanned home birth. Still, you might get some peace of mind out of it so you should find out about some tips on emergency home birth.
- Think Clearly
First of all, it’s important that you think clearly about the situation you are in. Make sure that you are 100% positive the baby is coming out too quickly for you to get to the hospital. Some signs that you have started delivery include strong contractions that are two or three minutes apart, the breaking of your water, and feeling a strong urge to push. The first time you give birth the baby will come out slower, so if this is not your first child there’s a higher chance that you might end up giving birth at home.
- Call Emergency Number
Even though it sounds obvious, during all of the excitement, pain, pressure, and anxiety many women seem to forget to call emergency numbers. Once you have a medical team dispatched to your location, you can also contact your practitioner. They are usually trained to walk women through birth over the phone so they might be of help. Don’t forget to leave the door unlocked because you won’t know for sure if you could do it when they arrive.
- Stay Calm
One of the most important things is to always keep calm. Even though it might not the way that you imagined it, just face reality that you are going to have to endure. Don’t be panicked because your body knows how to go through birth and so do you. You could even try planning your birth at home. According to some statistics more and more women decide to give birth at home. Indeed, unplanned births are scarier than planned, but staying cool and with a clear head will make your efforts a lot easier.
- Make Yourself Comfortable
Always make sure that you are comfortable, as much as you can get that is. Wash your hands and vaginal area thoroughly, and get some hot water and clean towels ready so that when the baby comes out you can keep him warm. Don’t opt for lying in the bathtub and instead lay a shower curtain or another waterproof covering on the floor and stay there. The best thing to do is lie down on your left side as this will take the pressure off of the blood vessel that provides your baby with oxygen, while also allowing you to reach down with both hands to help the baby come out.
- Resist The Urge To Push Your Baby Right Out
Try to remember that if you are giving an emergency birth, it’s better to resist the urge to push as it can end up bad for both you and your baby. Panting can help you resist since it will stop you from holding your breath, and thus relieve the pressure. Once the baby’s head comes out move your hands there but do not try to pull it out. If the umbilical cord is around the baby’s neck, hook your finger under it slowly to loosen it up just enough so that you can move it over its head.
- Clean The Baby
Once you have given birth, clean the baby with the towels and bring it close to your chest as the skin contact will keep him warm and calm.
- Don’t Cut The Umbilical Cord
Finally, never try to cut the umbilical cord on your own and instead simply wait for the medical team to arrive. About 30% of the baby’s blood is still in the placenta at the time of birth so it’s better to wait and leave it be for the time being.
Following these tips can help you go through any emergency unplanned home birth. If you are feeling uncertain what to do, it’s better to do nothing as your body and baby have been programmed for thousands of years how to behave in such a situation.