Monday, 14 September 2009
"Childbirth at home with a registered midwife is just as safe as a conventional hospital birth, a study shows. In fact, planned home births of this kind may have a lower rate of complications, according to the study in the Sept. 15 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
"Among 13,000 planned births studied, researchers found that the mortality rate was similarly low — less than one in 1,000 — among women who gave birth at home with a midwife, women who gave birth in a hospital with a midwife, and women who gave birth in a hospital with a physician. Women who had home births were less likely to need interventions or to have problems such as vaginal tearing or hemorrhaging. Their babies were also less likely to need oxygen therapy or resuscitation. Study authors note that women who prefer home births tend to be healthier and otherwise more fit to have a home birth."
USA Today recently posted that article about the safety of a home birth:
My son will be three months old next week. He was born in a hospital and although the hospital was a nice one, the staff was very hesitant to respect our wishes for little intervention and a natural birth. Several other things happened and when it was all said and done, my husband told me "We should have had the baby at home like you wanted....it would have been much more peaceful." Needless to say, the rest of my children will be born at home. I'm very much looking forward to that time.
Obviously, the article is speaking of women who have had uncomplicated pregnancies. If anything might be "wrong" with my child, I would give birth in a hospital (or a birthing center) but, hopefully my next pregnancies will be as picture perfect as the first!
What do you think of this article? Does it change your opinion about home birth? Would you like to have your children be born at home?