Myth #4: Home Birth is Messy!
Believe it or not, this is one of the hang-ups some people have when they’re considering a home birth. Credit where credit is due, this usually comes from the male half of the expectant couple.
The concern here seems to be that birth, in all of its wonder, is far from clean. I’ve heard people worry that there will be bodily fluids strewn throughout the house, and they picture placentas sitting in a bowl on the counter, used instruments sitting on their dresser, and a general unclean environment after the baby is born and the midwives leave.
Here’s the truth of the matter. Birth IS messy. Along with labor, you might (and usually do) see blood and other bodily fluids. When baby comes, there’s more of that plus a placenta. However, there’s something that many people forget to factor in. Midwives.
Midwives are experts at containing messes while they’re happening so that the end ‘mess’ is manageable. Midwives clean up the used chux pads, the bloodstains (we love peroxide’s magic!), the instruments, and the trash. We even take care of your placenta, getting it ready to go if you’re having it encapsulated, putting it in the freezer if you’re saving it, and disposing of it if keeping it is not in your plan. We help the new mom shower or bathe and change the bedding so that she can get into a nice, clean bed. We also make sure to start a load of laundry before we leave, so used towels and cloths aren’t sitting around.
Along with cleaning up the birth mess, we clean up any messes we’ve made such as dishes that we used while at your home. We also want to make sure that the mom, after all of her hard work, eats and drinks to replenish her energy. This means that oftentimes before we leave, we’re in the kitchen, fixing mom some eggs and toast or another high protein meal.
So, is home birth messy? It may be for a short time but when the midwives leave, the only evidence that a birth happened will be mama snuggling with her newborn baby. And maybe a placenta in the freezer.