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Homebirth Rates on the Rise

Homebirth Rate Jumps Sharply

It looks like Gisele isn't the only mama-to-be opting to bring her lil one into the world at home. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control shows that after a 15-year decline, homebirths have risen 5 percent over the past five years. The period of study, which predates Gisele's at-home water birth and Ricki Lake's homebirth advocacy flick, found that the average woman who chooses to have a non-hospital birth is a non-Hispanic white woman over the age of 25 who already has a child at home. She is most likely to have a midwife attend the event, with 61 percent of births attended by these professionals. Expectant women who live in Vermont and Montana are also more likely to choose a homebirth, as their states had the highest percentages of deliveries outside a hospital. Have you considered a home birth? If so, why?


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danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Thank you Carly for sharing your story :) My sister delivered her daughter in a birthing tub and while she did have a little extra bleeding, it was controlled and her experience was excellent. Annabelle is now 5 1/2 months old and an absolute doll. Met her for the first time yesterday.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
My sister had her 2nd child at a birthing center and her 4th child is due within the next 2 weeks, she will be having a home birth. She's a Doula and HIGHLY recommends it. She would have had a home birth with her 3rd, but she had a cyst removed during her 4th month, so her doctors wanted to monitor her. I have no children but if I do, I will consider a home birth :) The thought of being in a hospital with so much noise and bright lights, not to mention the stress of being in a hospital in the first place, is scarier to me.
phatE phatE 7 years
not sure what i think about this.. i really hope people are taking the time to fully educate themselves on this. i really do see the appeal to it, but at the same time i'm not sure it's worth the risks. especially when more and more options within a hospital/medical setting are becoming available like birthing centers, etc. it scares me to think people may be basing decisions like this on bias documentaries.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Working in health care I have seen too many home birth disasters to consider having one myself. It is possible to find a doctor who will also take time and pay attention to you, you just have to look a bit. My ob was always available for his patients, which sometimes meant having to wait while he was running late. I never minded, because I knew that he would give me that same kind of attention. All of the nurses at the hospital were wonderful and warm. It all depends on what the momma is most comfortable with, because if you're not feeling at ease it doesn't matter if your at home or a hospital, you'll still have a bad experience.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 7 years
Home birth 100% or a birthing center. Definitely a midwife present.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I did not consider a homebirth. I work as an ambulance dispatcher, so I was exposed to a disproportionate amount of stories of childbirth going wrong, and not many stories of peaceful and healthy childbirth at all. I had a hospital birth that started with an induction and led to a crash c-section. Knowing what I know now, I would have at least researched a midwife attend or even a homebirth (though I'd be much more comfortable in a birthing center, where I wouldn't be responsible for the cleanup).
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Phew, now that that picture's down, I can actually look at this without fearing that I'll get fired. I wasn't offended by the image, but I don't want to get fired for looking at pictures of naked women! I recently watched most of The Business of Being Born (I'm working my way through it on Netflix streaming), and it got me thinking. I had been in the "why be a hero, get an epidural" camp, but now I'm pondering a natural birth. Not that I'm pregnant yet! But I figure it's okay to start figuring this out now. I like the idea of a home birth, but I worry about the WHAT IF question. I mean, if something goes wrong, it could go wrong fairly quickly. Is it possible to have a home-birth-like setting in a hospital? I mean where you can walk around and give birth squatting or in a tub, not flat on your back in stirrups?
kindo1313 kindo1313 7 years
I had a home birth with my second child and loved every minute of it. I felt way more comfortable at home and love that my daughter was born in my bedroom. However, the main reason I like being at home is because I know that it is just as safe (or safer) as being at the hospital since I am a low-risk mom, and being at home means I can easily avoid unnecessary interventions that can actually put me or my baby at risk of something else going wrong.
Moms Moms 7 years
Interesting to know that Montana and Vermont have more homebirths than other places. I wouldn't have guessed that.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
WOAH how about a little censoring the photo or hiding it behind a cut? That is totally NSFW. I know, I know, the female body is beautiful and natural and whatever. But people look at this website while they're at work, and I know I certainly don't expect to see images of fully naked women here. Geesh.
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