I have birthed 4 out of 5 of my babies at home. Our midwives are there for prenatal and post partum care as well as the birth. after my first baby was born they put him on my belly and he scooted up to my chest. I was amazed, I had no idea a baby could do that, and he was my only one that did! after the baby is born the midwives do two apgar tests, just like the hospital would. they check the vitals of mom and baby. they make sure mom is good, after my first birth, my midwife actually spoon fed me my dinner! we opted for no silver in the eyes, no iodine on the belly button, and no vit. k shot. i think that if you want those things, many states allow midwives to do that.
our midwives also cleaned everything up, and did the laundry too! After they left we just had a new baby! It was truly wonderful!!!
at 5:42 PM on Jun. 22, 2011