COVID-19: Can I plan a home birth as a “backup” birth plan?

If your first plan is to birth in the hospital or a birth center, but the changing policies on visitors or support persons makes you nervous, you should research all of your options to find what will work best for you and your family. It is highly unlikely that a midwife will allow you to occupy a space on her calendar if home birth is not your first priority. There are many people genuinely seeking to give birth at home as their first or only option, and our midwives want to honor those clients. It would be unfair to the midwife and the other pregnant people she may have to turn away to devote her time and supplies to someone who is not genuinely committed to giving birth at home. It is not a good idea to consider home birth a “backup plan” just in case your hospital suddenly changes policies. It is best to make a choice and stick with it.

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