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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. This is a refreshing model of care. By design it is 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. At home, your birth team is known, following a truly "baby friendly" and "mother friendly" guidelines. There are inherent unknowns in the wildness of birth, as birth is nature, but home birth offers a reduction in the unknowns of routine shift change, and bureaucratic protocols. Your hormones work more efficiently when you are not feeling threatened in any way. When we feel safe and able to go into a more inward space during labor, birth often offers 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 are we to in parenting our children. This is where birth is life-changing.
Home Birth ResearchIn 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 read the articles below.
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.
"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 2005Published by the British Medical Journal
"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
De Jonge et al 2009
"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