Frequently Asked Questions
Birthing with us at The Birth Home
Babies continue to be born. Pregnancies continue to carry on. Life goes on even during the trying times of this pandemic we face. The Birth Home midwifery care is equipped and skilled to take care of you and your family, in case you choose an out-of-hospital birth in Bangalore.
Is a Midwife-led, out-of-hospital birth right for me?
One of the main advantages The Birth Home offers to you in this time is that we are a low-volume center and a place of wellness. This means that the number of people coming to the center are much lesser than any nursing home or hospital in Bangalore. We do not treat or have anyone with illness or contagious visit us. And we intend to keep it this way. For your safety and ours!
Being pregnant may feel like a daunting, hard situation to be in. You may be concerned about giving birth in a hospital in the coming weeks and months.
The Birth Home is a midwifery based, natural birth center where our focus is low-risk vaginal births. Our midwife is skilled and experienced to care for your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Feeling safe during birth is highly essential as an expectant parent. We at The Birth Home are dedicated to make birth safe and supported for you.
While the scenarios are constantly shifting and the guidelines may change often, at The Birth Home, we strive to keep you up to date with the latest information and will adapt any new safety precautions needed.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infection of the upper respiratory tract and symptoms may include- throat pain, cough, fever, fatigue, muscle aches and shortness of breath. The incubation period is 2-14 days. A large percentage of people are asymptomatic and may be carriers of the infection.
The infection spreads through coming in physical contact with an infected person or surfaces. The best precaution is to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and keep surfaces clean.
At present there is no research which suggests that a pregnant person can pass the infection to their baby in-utero. Studies indicate that even if the birthing person is infected, the best course of action is to keep the parent and newborn together. Breastfeeding can be immediately established and can continue. The main precautions the parent needs to take is that they have to wash their hands often and wear a mask, especially when in close contact with the baby.
What are we doing at The Birth Home for your care?
We thoroughly clean the center after use by each client and staff and disinfect high touch surfaces.
In addition, we are following the measures outlined below
The staff wash their hands thoroughly on entry into the center and use the required PPE- masks and gloves before arrival of the clients.
The consult room and waiting areas are cleaned and disinfected every morning and evening.
How can I prepare for a consult?
Please arrive on the right time for your appointment, neither before nor later.
Only the pregnant clients and partners can attend the appointments, please do not bring along children or other family members.
Please remove your footwear outside the green carpeted area
The clients and their partners are required to use the hand sanitizer at the entry.
On entry we request the clients and their partners to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap at our ground floor restroom.
We encourage the clients to directly go into the consult room and avoid using the waiting areas.
We are staggering appointments so that there is no interaction between clients.
After every appointment the consult room, restrooms, waiting areas and all surfaces are disinfected and cleaned.
Whenever possible we are conducting prenatal consults online.
Who is a midwife?
Midwives are certified and trained professionals in normal physiological births with expertise and skills in supporting you to maintain a healthy pregnancy and have optimal births and recoveries during the postpartum period with their continuous, compassionate and connected care in low risk pregnancies.
A midwife provide you with individualized care uniquely suited to your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. They provide client centered care to help you have an empowering birthing experience.
What's the difference between a doctor and a midwife?
There are two specialities for childbirth- midwifery and obstetrics. Midwifery is for healthy, low-risk pregnancies, normal births and continued care in the postpartum period. Most healthy pregnancies have better outcomes with midwifery care as the main philosophy is that – giving birth is an inbuilt body mechanism, complex and multilayered; and normal. Obstetricians are doctors who are trained in attending to births which need medical attention. In some cases the midwife works in conjunction with the other specialty – obstetrics especially in cases of high-responsibility pregnancies (oftentimes called as high-risk), birth, and postpartum.
What is a Birth Centre?
Midwifery care is uniquely nurturing, hands-on care before, during, and after birth. This care is offered at a home-like setting, which is often called a birth center. The model of care includes:
⚜ Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the client throughout antenatal, birth and postpartum phase
⚜ Providing the client with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
⚜ Minimizing medical interventions as much as possible
⚜ Identifying and referring clients who require obstetrical attention
Who can I have at my Birth?
At The Birth Home the choice of who to have in the birth room is completely yours to make! Your birth partner’s job is to make sure you are comfortable, feel supported and cared for 💯
Your birth team can consist of your partner, doula, a friend, your mother, sister or any one whom you trust. You may find it helpful to choose someone who will:
✨be sensitive to your needs
✨stay calm and positive under pressure
✨be able to reassure and comfort you
We have a comfortable lounge where family can await the new arrival if you choose to not have them in the birthing room. We also have a kitchen for nourishing food to keep your energy up during birth and postpartum.
How is The Birth Home different?
We are not just health care providers. We are healthcare partners. We recognize parents as the primary caregivers of their family and their babies. We recognize and address the immense spiritual, psycho-social and physical changes you, your baby and family are going through. Throughout your time at the Birth Home you will receive education and individual counseling to build confidence and support you in the birth experience you want.