POSTED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 6:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 27, 2012 - 6:51pm
TYLER — Vanessa McKellar gave birth to her first child, Noble, just a few weeks ago.
But instead of having baby Noble in the hospital, she decided to stay in the comfort of her own home.
"My mother actually had us three kids at home, so that kind of put it on my radar," McKellar said. "And then I did a ton of research ... and the more I learned, I thought, 'this is what I want to do.'"
New research shows there are more and more women just like McKellar.
Labor of Love owner Vicky Wells understands why.
"They get the intimate part with their baby and there is not as much intervention," Wells said. "They are relying on their natural ability, and (it's) the empowerment they receive."
Wells said business has almost doubled for her in the past few years.
Another reason could likely be the cost.
Wells said prices for her midwife services start at about $2,800.
Having a baby at the hospital, she said, averages about $10,000.
At Labor of Love, expectant mothers can choose to either have their baby at home with a midwife present, or they can come to the birthing center in Tyler.
If they decide to have their baby in a birthing room there, they are closer to the hospital in case a transfer is needed.
McKellar admits she was a little hesitant to deliver her baby at home at first.
"You have some fears to get over," she said. "Knowing you're not going to have any pain medication is a little intimidating."
She said her experience though, was much better than she could have ever imagined.
"It was just beautiful in every way," McKellar said."I was surrounded by people that love me ... women have been doing natural births for eons, all across the world, all through time, and I knew I could do it if they could."
Wells said giving birth at home is only a good idea for women who are considered low risk.
If you are generally unhealthy or have Diabetes or hypertension, it's best to give birth at a hospital.