Home birth? Hospital birth? or A Birth Centre birth?
Which? has a whole section dedicated to birth choices, full of information and facts. They have also created a really handy tool to help you decide by just answering a few simple questions. With Indiana I didn't even think twice and knew I'd be going to hospital. However this time I have thought about it a whole lot more. I used the tool and the best fit for me was either the labour ward or a birth centre that was attached to a labour ward - which I think I totally agree with. I even popped in my postcode and it told me the names of local hospitals/birth centres and how close they are.
I have thought about whether I want a home birth. With Indiana's birth I definitely felt much more relaxed and comfortable when I went to my mums. I lived there for most of my life so it felt like 'home' and where I should have been. However, I did feel safer being in the hospital environment though - knowing that if I needed the pain relief (which I REALLY did need haha), and that I was in the right place if anything went wrong made me happier.
I'd love to try a water birth this time so I think being at the hospital will be able to offer me this; I know I could hire a pool but with an 18 month old I don't think it's something I want to faff about with haha. I know a birthing centre would be great but there isn't one attached to a labour ward near me, so the hospital is definitely my choice.
Which? also kindly gifted me 3 different birth boxes; a real life version of their online tool. Each is filled with goodies that would help with the decision I made:
Hospital - My Choice
Before I had my epidural I definitely needed snacks and LOTS of water to get me through my contractions (I doubt these specific ones will last haha, but I'll be getting a whole selection for both Jack and myself). Gas and air was amazing for me last time but it does dry out your mouth and lips (hence the huge amounts of water), but this lip balm should also give me some relief too. Finally I know that I may have to be induced or have to stay in hospital for a while after. Therefore I'll definitely need to keep my phone/iPad charged to keep me occupied during the night feeds haha.
The website and these boxes have definitely helped me with my choice. I am much happier with it too, as I know I've really thought about it, and seen what's actually on offer for me. If you're pregnant or thinking about having a baby I'd definitely check out the Which? Birth Choice website! What choice would you make?