Is home/birthcenter birth safe?

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Is Home Birth Safe?

Over the last twenty years numerous studies have been done to determine the safety of out-of-hospital birth. All of these studies have shown that home or birth center birth with a skilled attendant are just as safe, and in some instances, safer than hospital birth for healthy, low-risk women. In fact, the countries in the world with the best birth statistics are those in which midwives are the primary care givers for pregnant women and the home birth rate is much higher (as much as 50%) than in the United States. Of course, there are some situations in which the hospital is the best place for a woman to have her baby, and for these situations we are grateful to have the hospital as an option. But the fact is, out-of-hospital birth is a safe alternative to hospital birth for the vast majority of women.  Perhaps we should be asking a different question altogether.  Is hospital birth safe?  In fact, for low risk women, the hospital has never been proven to be the safest place to give birth.  The U.S. spends more money on maternity care than any other industrialized nation and yet we have some of the worst outcomes. The latest raking is that the U.S. is 50th in the world for maternal mortality and 41st in neonatal mortality.  Approximately 98% of births in America take place in the hospital.

At the first prenatal visit, the midwife will obtain a complete medical history and determine whether you would be a good candidate for an out-of-hospital birth.  To read an article published in the British Journal of Medicine on the outcomes of planned home births with Certified Professional Midwives Click HERE

In The News – Midwifery, Home Birth

“No strong evidence” to favor hospital births over planned home births  Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.

BabyCenter (blog)

How risky is a planned home birth? One that includes an experienced midwife and emergency medical back up? In many parts of the world, going to the hospital has become the default approach to childbirth. But as two Danish researchers argue in a report more 

Real Midwives of BC  

TheTyee.ca

As new B.C. moms, like Keenan, become increasingly aware of the numerous options available with a midwife — including having a hospital or a home birth, in a bed or in the water; having a birth with drugs or going without; longer pre- and post-natal more

New Cochrane Review: All countries should consider establishing proper home birth services

News-Medical.net
At least not as long as the planned home birth is assisted by an experienced midwife with collaborative medical back up in case transfer should be necessary. Fewer interventions in home birth. Routines and easy access to medical interventions may more