Home Birth

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Why People Choose Home Birth

 

      People choose home birth for a variety of reasons. Some come to home birth after unsatisfying experiences in the hospital. Others decide from the start that home birth is right for their needs.  

       In home birth and true midwifery care, you are never a number. It is by design, individualized, compassionate care.  Often you are able to feel more prepared and at peace before the birth.  It is certainly easier to find your own rhythm in the comfort of your own environment, making it possible to birth naturally and drug free. Your hormones actually are working more efficiently when you are not feeling threatened in any way. When we feel safe during labor, birth gives us the biggest Oxytocin (the love hormone) rush of our lives, which creates strong bonds to our baby.  If we are connected at birth then how much more intuitive mothers are we to our children. This is where birth is life-changing. Home birth babies are not taken away but all the care is provided right there with mom and the family. If issues arise, we begin with herbs and homeopathy and then use conventional medicine or refer when necessary. Breastfeeding happens naturally without being forced or rushed.

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Home Birth Research

 
In the recent years there has been a surge of research in the US and other countries showing that planned home birth with trained midwives caring for low-risk women has as good of outcomes as hospital birth for low-risk women.  CLICK on the titles to link to the articles.

 

Home Birth: An Annotated guide to the literature

Vedam S, Stoll K, Schummers L, Fulton C, Oct 2013

 This bibliography is a resource to assess the quality of the available evidence on planned home birth in response to the international debate on safety, access, ethics, autonomy or resource allocation with respect to birth place.

Certified Professional Midwife large prospective study of planned home births in North America


"Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States".

Johnson and Daviss 2005
Published by the British Medical Journal

 

Nationwide Netherlands cohort study


"This study shows that planning a home birth does not increase the risks of perinatal mortality and severe perinatal morbidity among low-risk women, provided the maternity care system facilitates this choice through the availability of welltrained midwives and through a good transportation and referral

system".

De Jonge et al 2009

 

Planned home birth with registered midwife verses planned hospital birth in Canada


"Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable
rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician".

Janssen et al 2009

 

 
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