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  • Writer's pictureTomoko Holloway

Happy International Home Birth Day!


Today, I want to share my personal experience and thoughts about the benefits of home birth. 14 years ago, I gave birth to my eldest son at home in Norwich, East of England, and it was a truly empowering journey.


Some may raise an eyebrow at the idea of a home birth for a first child, but with hindsight, I realise that we wanted to make thoughtful choices in welcoming our precious new life.


My family in Japan, where home births were even rarer, expressed concern and asked, "Are you sure about this?" However, having a Birth Doula as my husband's aunt empowered us by highlighting the innate birthing power within myself. Both my husband and I were confident and resolute in our decision.







So, why did we choose a home birth?:


1️⃣ We understood that giving birth in a place where I felt the most secure and comfortable would lead to a smoother and safer experience.

2️⃣ Our home was the sanctuary where I felt the utmost sense of security and comfort.


These two factors were the essence of our decision to have a home birth.







Reflecting on my home birth experience, I've come to appreciate the numerous benefits it offered:


✨ Being surrounded by a consistently reassuring environment throughout the entire journey.

✨ This conducive environment facilitated a smoother progression of labour.

✨ The absence of transportation during labour and postpartum added an extra layer of comfort.


Moreover, the bond and support of my husband, my mother who traveled from Japan to assist, and the midwives created an incredible team dynamic, resulting in a shared and intimate space. To this day, those moments fill my heart with warmth.







Choosing a home birth was not an easy decision. It involved learning about childbirth and embracing my birthing power (which I found utterly fascinating and enjoyed). It also meant acknowledging that not everything could be controlled during the birthing process and trusting in its natural course.


Every birth, whether it occurs in a hospital or via Caesarean section, is equally precious. Ultimately, what matters most is that the birthing person feels a sense of agency and ownership over their choices. As a doula, I believe this is the cornerstone of a positive birth experience.


Seeking balanced information, free from personal biases (an area where doulas can provide valuable assistance), and making choices based on that knowledge, while trusting in yourself, are crucial aspects of shaping a positive childbirth journey.


Remember, childbirth is not just a life event—it's an opportunity that touches the very essence of our "life". Today, let's celebrate the diversity of birth experiences and the power of choice.







If you're interested in learning more about birth preparation courses, one-to-one or group support, or even accessing funded free support, I offer my services as a Birth & Postnatal Doula in Ceredigion and surrounding areas.


For further details, visit my website:

🔗 https://www.yourbirthjourneydoula.com/welcome

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