We get this question, and ones like it, fairly often. To be sure, there are some moms for whom a home birth is not a great idea. Certain pregnancy complications and preexistent medical conditions may be better handled in a hospital. We've put together a list of great reasons to have a home birth, and some reasons NOT to:
You want to develop a relationship with your provider that is based on trust, respect, and informed consent.
You don't care who is "on call" to deliver your baby, and plan on doing "whatever the doctor says" in labor. You should also not have a home birth to simply avoid a local hospital.
You feel more comfortable being able to control your birth environment, including who is there for your delivery.
You have serious health issues that affect your pregnancy, such as uncontrolled diabetes, severe hypertension, preeclampsia, cardiac problems, or if you're having twins.
You are a healthy, low-risk mom and are absolutely committed to birthing at home.
You are not 100% committed to a home birth, or your partner is not on board. Also if you want an epidural, home birth is not for you.
You are committed to a safe, natural approach to labor and birth, in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by people who genuinely care about you and your baby!