No two homebirths are alike. Each family finds its own way to bring the baby into the world. Each baby is new and different from all other people ever born before and ever to be born. Even to the same mother, each birth is unique.
At home, a mother is encouraged to follow her instincts and move, or remain still, as her body prefers. She can walk, climb stairs, dance, crawl or do any number of exercises/positions for labor and birth. The mother chooses her final position for birth usually for her comfort, not the comfort of her care provider.
Many women find a tub or pool of warm water to be a good pain reliever during labor. The water also supports the perineum, eliminating the need for manual support in most cases. Waterbirth allows the baby a smoother transition from in-utero life to extra-utero life.
Whether birth takes place on 'dry land' in the bedroom, living room, or other room or in the bath or birth pool set up in any warm room, the freedom to move, eat, drink, sleep, bathe, have privacy and bond with family are the hallmarks of homebirth with a midwife.