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Should Home Birth Be Illegal in America?

Home Birth: Should Having Baby This Way Be Illegal?

It's a woman's body, but should she be able to have her baby at home? In a day of modern technology, many moms-to-be choose to give birth in a hospital. Having a trained medical staff and NICU nearby can make the process of labor and delivery less daunting for parents. There are no guarantees when it comes to a newborn making their way into the world — mishaps and fatalities can occur anywhere. A new report suggests that while the age-old method of home birth has recently garnered more advocates in America, little attention has been given to the parents who lose a child in the process. One mom said:

“When most families plan for a home birth, they don’t also plan for a funeral. I certainly didn’t. But that is how my home-birth story ended.”

What's your opinion on home birth?

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wtfseriously wtfseriously 5 years
that is like asking if hospital births should be illegal because babies die in hospitals all the time - way more babies are born in hospitals. homebirths with trained midwives are as safe as hospital births. I am revolted by your website in general and especially by this extreamly offensive question.
peace101 peace101 6 years
i think it is sexy to have home birth and it is safer
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
wtf this argument is asinine.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
Studio, you made me laugh ;) No, it should not be illegal. Here in Germany it used to be a lot more common but costs for midwives have gone up, and they barely can afford to assist women at home anymore. It's a shame! I never considered anything could go wrong but still went to the hospital. There wasn't a doctor present for the birth, though. It was us, a midwife (who was freakin awesome) and a nurse. Had something gone wrong, I knew there would have been a doc a in a heartbeat though.
Moms Moms 6 years
I looked into water birth while pregnant with my oldest child. I personally know a few people who decided on homebirth, had healthy babies and were very happy with their decisions. I have nothing against homebirth, I just posed the question after reading the article because I thought it was interesting.
savejesusbuddha savejesusbuddha 6 years
should be illegal as circumcision should.... why choose for baby
Choco-cat Choco-cat 6 years
i didn't want to vote as your yes and no don't match up to how the question is worded - but my vote would be, no, it shouldn't be illegal.
Studio16 Studio16 6 years
Eh, I am in the middle. Unlike many other women, I don't see birth as a beautiful miracle. I see it as a serious medical procedure. Sure you get a baby, and that's cool, but technically, you are pushing an eight pound object out of your chucky. I don't think women should kid themselves into seeing that as beautiful. It's bloody and it smells bad. So honestly, yes, I see giving birth in your living room in a tub of lotus blossoms with a CD of Buddhist monks chanting playing in the background as kidding one's self. Still, as long as Mommy and Baby are safe, who am I to judge how she chooses to give birth? I think as long as a medical professional is on hand (I definitely think it should be more than just a doula, I am talking certified nurse/midwife at the least) a woman should give birth however she damn well pleases. That's not my style though. I want to do it Mad Men style. Knock me out cold and wake me when the kid's out.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 6 years
I think it should be legal but with some regulation. In the (I think this is right) Netherlands, mothers interested in home birth have to meet a few requirements to be eligible. Basically, you have to have a low risk pregnancy, never had a c-section, no prior history of miscarriages or complications etc. Other countries also have much stricter standards for medical professionals that supervise home births. And I agree that studies that show home birth to be more risky are super inaccurate and misleading. A home birth that has been planned with a low-risk pregnancy and a trained medical professional supervising it is different from an unplanned birth where the woman suddenly went into labor and a frantic spouse/partner is trying their best to help based on the instructions of a 911 operator.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 6 years
I would never want to give birth in my home but there are some women who feel passionately about it so it should be their right to, as long as they have the baby checked out by a doctor, which I THINK is what is required. Idk, I've never known anyone personally who have had their baby at home. But no, I don't think it should be illegal.
kindo1313 kindo1313 6 years
I can't believe you are even asking this question. Countless studies have been performed that show that home birth is at least as safe as hospital birth for low-risk pregnant women. Do your research. Every post you present on this topic is biased towards the medical model, which is not working in the US (as shown by our not so stellar world rankings for maternal and infant health). How many babies and women die in the hospital each year? Yes, in the hospital you have more medical equipment, but with that equipment comes a tendency to use it--even when not necessary--and each intervention brings with it more risk to mom and baby and the increased necessity of further intervention. Stop making it sound like women who choose home birth are doing it at the risk of their baby's safety. It's irresponsible and just plain untrue.
amber512 amber512 6 years
yeah, I answered no before I read the rest of the answer. I was just going by the question! I don't think it should be illegal. I mean, they are going to rase the children after that. So shouldn't someone get to decide how they want that child to come into the world?
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 6 years
Really strange question. Why should it be illegal? And seems that the question cannot be answered in a way to say that I think it should be legal. As PP mentioned, the yes and no are mixed-up.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
oh and also, your post yes and no is mixed up.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 6 years
Wow... home birth can actually be more safe then a hospital birth for some women. I truly believe that with an experienced midwife and an uncomplicated pregnancy a homebirth would be an amazing experience. Women should give birth where THEY are comfortable in. I do not agree with unassisted childbirth but that is SOOOO totally different then a homebirth. Geesh, give me a break!
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