10. Home or away?
Where will you have the baby? How to decide what’s right for you.
Where and how you choose to give birth can either enhance this life-changing experience or diminish it.
But how do you know what to choose? Read about where people give birth, go on hospital and birthing centre open days, and above all, talk to other local families about their experiences.
My second daughter was born at home. I had to fight like mad to get ‘permission’ for the birth, and even ended up writing to home birth guru Sheila Kitzinger for advice. (She wrote back and was very helpful.) I had to become an expert in home birth to counter the arguments put forward by my GP (I changed GPs) and the consultant overseeing my care. Everything ...