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Would You Consider A Homebirth For Your Baby?

Would You Consider a Homebirth For Your Baby?

It is estimated that of the 4.1 million babies born in the U.S. in 2004, 7,000 were born at home without a midwife or doctor. Planned unassisted home-births, similar to those advocated by Ricki Lake in her The Business of Being Born documentary, are on the rise across the country, with women wanting the ability to control the birth process and have loved ones surrounding them during the birth. Many mamas-to-be believe those aspects outweigh the risks.

Until the 20th century, childbirth was the leading cause of death for women, with approximately 1 in 100 mothers dying in the early 1900s. Today, that rate is closer to 13 in 100,000, due to better prenatal care, medications and the option of cesarean sections when necessary.

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Half-Hippy Half-Hippy 9 years
Hell yes!!! My mother delivered my daughter in a birth center, while my husband was coaching me and it was the best, most intimate experience I've ever had. I was out of the center 1.5 hours after birth and at home enjoying my daughter. Dr's aren't trained to deliver babies...their thought of mind is to give people drugs to make them feel better. Hospitals lack the personal aspect, pump you up with drugs then charge you up the yin yang. Women don't understand that we've been giving birth for centuries without hospitals and drugs. We've become so dependent on doctors as midwives that we forget the personal element of a birth. If you think homebirths are dangerous, you should hear the stories about hospitals, over-used c-sections and drugs administered when not needed. Home births are the way to go!! All the way.
motherschoice motherschoice 9 years
CanadianinVA, 1. Your sister only sees the rare home birth where a baby has a problem that requires transfer, not the many, many successful ones. 2. The majority of the babies in the NICU were born in the hospital... they also have problems, what caused those? 3. Has she told you about the excessive number of babies born by c-section that have breathing difficulties at birth? 4. Do you know if any of the home birth babies had problems that could have been avoided in the hospital? 5. Is it possible that nothing would have changed if the child were born in hospital? The fact that the babies were transported to the hospital actually proves that the midwives are quite capable of spotting newborns with problems and getting them the additional medical care required. That is how the system is supposed to work. No matter where women give birth, some babies will have problems, that is an unfortunate reality.
CanadianInVA CanadianInVA 9 years
No way I would do homebirth. My sister is a neonatal nurse and I have heard way too many horror stories about births at home gone wrong. Babies that should never have been in her unit ended up there because of the complications at home.
mmmmmm mmmmmm 9 years
i think you need to actually watch the business of being born before blogging about it.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"A lot of people overestimate the safety of the hospital and underestimate the safety of home (with a well-qualified attendant)" I completely agree.
motherschoice motherschoice 9 years
A few thoughts... A lot of people overestimate the safety of the hospital and underestimate the safety of home (with a well-qualified attendant). Emergency assistance is not necessarily 'seconds away' as one commenter said. Your doctor is rarely in the hospital while you are in labor and your nurse is monitoring you (and other women) via electronic monitors. This compares to the one on one care women recieve at home. At home complications are picked up quickly and most are easily by managed by the midwife (including hemorrhage, cords around necks, stuck shoulders, stitches). If a c-section is needed, the midwife calls ahead to ready the hospital and then transports rapidly. Generally hospitals can put together a surgical team quickly for emergencies, but even then it takes 15-30 minutes. Most women can make it to the hospital from their home in that amount of time. So you may not necessarily get into surgery any sooner just because you are in the hospital. The real key here is that there is no guarantees no matter how you handle the birth. C-sections have health ramifications for babies future health, along with their mothers. Women and babies sometimes get infections from hospitals that they would not have gotten at home. Many women will plan hospital births and their babies will die before they ever arrive. Many of the worst obstetric emergencies can happen at any time, even when the woman is not in labor. And yes indeed some women will need all the hospitals resources, and most will receive wonderful care. But the fact doesn't change that you can't control childbirth. Doctors may try but even they cannot guarantee a perfect outcome. You are almost certainly guaranteed to have procedures, tests, and interference into your birth that may not do you any good and have the potential to do harm. Nobody knows what is best for a given woman and her child. I believe that most women have great instincts about these things and should be able to tailor the birth experience to suit her needs. Both hospital and home birth have good outcomes and women should get all the information and make a choice based on their own situation.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
no and i think it's foolish. my mom worked with a woman who did this with a midwife. she ripped all the way to her anus. life long issues from that. anything could happen at the last minute and i would want every medical advantage right there just in case for the baby and for me.
radmama27 radmama27 9 years
I'm all for it
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I would absolutely have a homebirth. I am going to avoid a hospital as much as possible and will either have my baby (when the time comes) at a birthing center or at home.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I have c-sections, so no. However, I think the homebirth concept it and of itself is wonderful, assuming it's overseen by a doula/midwife. They know what to do in case of an emergency, and often have hospitals on alert so they can quickly transport a patient there if need be. And of course, prenatal care with whatever type of provider you choose.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
Maybe for other women, but definitely not for me. I'd be too scared of any complications for the baby that just wouldn't get addressed in time.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
No, no, niet, absolutely not, never, not in this lifetime would I entertain a homebirth. I'll gladly pop up some popcorn and watch one. But my vajayjay and womb are complex creatures like myself. I had two sons the hospital way. Granted my last OB/GYN had abominable bed side manners and I would love nothing more to see his male anatomy twisted into a pretzel. faerymagick- sending some baby dust your way! Good luck w/ the IVF egg retrieval. backfat- hope you are recovering nicely. How scary!
backfat backfat 9 years
I had my second postpartum hemorrhage last week following the delivery of my third child. Homebirth would be suicide for me.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I understand women wanting to give birth at home- hospitals are uncomfortable and you have to play by their rules (no eating!?!?!?!). But I decided to give birth at a hospital for fear of complications and I am very glad I did because the cord got wrapped around my son's neck and I needed an emergency c-section.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
I had a great team with me at the hospital. And now that our new hospital is built with all the cool extras like baths and and water birthing, I would do the hospital thing again for my next.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
I had my daughter in the hospital and am very happy about that decision. I would have never known that she was in trouble had I not been there. Her heart rate dropped with every contraction and then every push...luckily I pushed her out in three pushes so she was okay. But then she was huge (three weeks early they said she was on the small side, ha)8lbs 5 oz, I am a small girl, needless to say the doctor needed to stitch me up, a lot! Very thankful I was in the hospital, it could have been bad for both myself and my daughter.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I would honestly be less comfortable at home than I would in the hospital where I know there are lots of trained professionals and technology should something happen. I know the risks are minimal like some said, but just because they're minimal doesn't mean it can't happen. But I don't begrudge those who could do it. I just know I'm a super worrier and I couldn't be at home.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 9 years
i would, but i really am interested in water birth, at a birthing center.
chicagojlo chicagojlo 9 years
Like most women who have complications, mine didn't arise until I was at the crucial stage of labor following a very normal and routine pregnancy. Luckily I was in the hospital already or my daughter may not be here. Too many women are being misled about their options and rights when in hospital. I gave birth drug-free, no episiotomy, I was at home 4 hours later. You can be in the safety of a hospital without having to compromise your ideals, you just need to find the right professionals, which is no more work than looking for one to do a home birth.
cjane cjane 9 years
My mother had my younger brother at home about 27 years ago and she had a very positive experience. I'm expecting my first baby in December and I still did not consider it even though I know how much more she enjoyed it vs. her experience in a hospital with me and then with my sister. Thankfully, I haven't had any problems at all so far, but I just don't want to risk a complication. Maybe my answer would be different once I've had one child, but even then I'm not sure.
lorioz lorioz 9 years
I would love to have my next one at home. I think it would be better to have more control over how I wanted to be comfortable.
redheadkimie redheadkimie 9 years
I am considering for my next child. I think its a wonderful way to bring a child into this world
Livvy-P Livvy-P 9 years
I voted no - I had both of my kids in a hospital by c-section. My daughter (3 y.o.) was an emergency c-section - she never dropped, and with each contraction, she returned to the top of my uterus. Her heartbeat was irregular, and she was having a tough time, which is why I had to have the C. My son (1 y.o.) was a planned c-section, and even he did not want to come out - also hid at the top of my uterus, away from the doctor. I feel (and this is only my opinion - not in any way a judgment on people who opt for a home birth) that things could have gone seriously wrong if I had not been in a hospital when I was having my daughter. The issue (as I see it) is that things can go bad very, very quickly. While I would love to have had my kids in a nice quiet room, with a midwife holding my hand & gently encouraging me, and my delivery experiences were far from perfect, I cannot say anything bad about the team of doctors and nurses that helped bring each of my kids into the world.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I watch enough of the Discovery Health Channel to know that each pregnancy is different and anything could happen. With that said, when Im giving birth I will be in a hospital.
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