Why Home Birth?
Pros of Home Birth
Home birth in the U.S. is on the rise. But how do you figure out if a home birth is right for you?
Doing research on the subject, thinking about what kind of birth you want, and taking responsibility for your choices is important. For most healthy, low-risk mothers, home birth is a safe option.
A mother choosing a home birth must, above all else, deeply desire to give birth at home. The most successful home birthers are highly committed and trust their body’s natural ability to birth. They devote time and energy to finding the right birth practitioner, doing their own research and taking care of themselves.
There are certainly pros and cons to home birth, which must be evaluated prior to deciding if one is right for you.
Cons of Home Birth
Home Birth Facts
The latest research on planned home birth, released in 2014 by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), found that among 17,000 families:
- Better outcomes for babies:
97% of babies were carried to full-term, and weighed an average of eight pounds at birth. Only 1% of babies were transferred to the hospital after birth, most for non-urgent conditions.
- Low rates of intervention:
Only 4.5% of the 17,000 study participants required oxytocin augmentation and/or epidural analgesia. This is much lower than average for the United States, where 26% have oxytocin augmentation and 67% have epidurals.
- Low rates of cesarean birth:
The 2014 MANA study also found that of the 17,000 planned home births, only 5.7% ended up birthing their babies via cesarean. This is compared to the national average of approximately 31% for full-term pregnancies.
- High VBAC success rate:
For low-risk individuals, the chance of having a vaginal birth after cesarean is over 90% when birthing outside the hospital.
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