366: HOME BIRTH STORY - “What counts as a home birth?” with Marissa Miller


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“Does that count as a home birth?”

That is the question Marissa found herself asking after her planned home birth shifted to a non-emergent hospital transfer towards the end of her labor.

Marissa walks us through her process of choosing home birth, which happened before conceiving, navigating feedback and opinions from friends and family and then setting intentions for the birth space and including her husband Stephen in the experience.

Some highlights:

  • Finding a midwifery group with hospital privileges if this is important to you
  • Big emphasis on partner support
  • Birth is not dramatic
  • Importance of consent-based practice
  • Hospital policies after birth
  • You can do things that are hard
  • It’s okay to question the norm


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