Home Births: Safe Alternatives to Hospital Birth.
In accordance with international medical and midwifery research findings, we support the choice of planned home birth or birth center birth as a safe option for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies.
 
Home births and birth center births are viable alternatives to hospital births for those parents desiring to share fully the responsibility and joy of their birth experience with the birth attendant of their choice.
Statistics and research show that home births and birth center births are safe, with fewer birth injuries, fewer infections, and fewer maternal and neonatal deaths. They are also less stressful on the birthing mother and baby.
  • Mother is birthing in an environment that is comfortable, familiar, and free from the common stresses of the hospital.
  • Mother is able to birth without constant interruptions from monitors and evaluations.
  • Mother is free to birth in the positions that she finds comfortable, making her experience her own and under her personal control.
  • Mother is able to recover in an environment that is comfortable, familiar, and free from the common stresses of the hospital.
  • Baby is immediately able to bond with mother, rather than being taken away for testing and other interventions.
  • Baby and mother are at lower risks for infections common in hospital environments.
There are risks and benefits to any place of birth! Many risk factors for home births and birth center births can be detected with good prenatal care, although complications can arise unexpectedly during labor or delivery. Most of these can be dealt with safely at home or with transport to the hospital.