Research Resources

Safety of Homebirth: 


Meta-Analysis of the Safety of Home Birth

Conclusion: Home birth is an acceptable alternative to hospital confinement for selected pregnant women, and leads to reduced medical interventions.

Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity in a Nationwide Cohort of 529,688 Low-Risk Planned Home and Hospital Births


Conclusions:
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 well-trained midwives and through a good transportation and referral system.


Planned Home Births Are Safe - British Medical Journal

Conclusions: 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
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Emergency Cesarean As Accessible for Homebirth As In Hospital
Conclusions: They found that, compared with deliveries completed within 15 minutes of the decision for an emergency caesarean section, mothers' and babies' outcomes did not differ from deliveries within 75 minutes.


Six Myths About Childbirth Exposed


Giving Birth in Water



Waterbirth FAQ - Waterbirth International


The Benefits of Waterbirth


Why Water?



VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) - YES YOU CAN! (*Even if you've had more than one!*)


Safety of VBAC


In other words, nearly 238 women would need to experience the risks involved with repeat c-section to prevent one uterine rupture during a VBAC labor, and over 5,200 women would need to experience the risks involved with repeat c-sections to prevent the death of 1 baby due to uterine rupture.
 


With Midwives, Women Have Fewer Cesareans and More VBACs


Care provided by professional midwives resulted in fewer cesareans, more VBACs,  the same or better maternal and perinatal health benefits, and no worse outcomes.



Risks of Repeat Cesareans

Elective C-Sections Riskier Than Vaginal Birth
 







  *Disclaimer: I am not a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife), but rather a Traditional Midwife.
Midwife in Southern Utah