Home comforts for expectant mothers

An increasing number of women are choosing to give birth at home, far away from noisy labour wards. Is there still stigma around the practice? And how does it compare, cost-wise and comfort-wise, to a hospital birth?

Corah Gernon with her daughter Eva: ‘I felt, as someone with a low-risk pregnancy, that I didn’t have to be in the hospital’Barry Cronin

Corah Gernon was in bed one night in May when she noticed her contractions getting stronger and more frequent. The Kildare woman was 39 weeks pregnant and feeling like the baby might come along at any moment.

Instead of getting into a car to go to hospital, though, she sat down on a ball while her husband, Shaun, started to get their sitting room ready for the delivery. A music playlist had been prepared in ...