I was interested to see that the numbers are rising. Still not for me, but interesting nonetheless.
I admit that the statistic about infant death being 3x as high is a worry to me.
Interesting article for sure. However I have read other articles and studies on home birth and it really depends on how they studies are conducted.Do these account for unplanned home births? High risk pregnancies? Cases where the outcome would have been the same?
I have read articles that suggest it is a higher risk, same risk, and lower risk than giving birth in the hospital.
It is definatley an individual decision just like if any choice surronding labour and delivery. You have to be confident in your decision and your midwives.
A planned home birth here is only done if the woman is low risk and there are at least two midwives present.
I feel there is no additional risk having my child at home vs. having them at a hospital.
I also feel there are alot of reasons why it is safer. I could go on and on but a lot of people seem to feel it is ok to bash people that feel that home birth is their perferred option.
I am personally planning a home birth and I am very excited for the experience. I think learning the benefits and the differences is what is keeping me from totally freaking out about the labour and delivery (so far!).
I think home births are fine if you're low risk and prepared to make the trip to the hospital should an emergency happen. I would never have chosen a home birth for my first baby, but maybe if it were my third or fourth and I felt confident in what I was doing. Also, you just never know when something unexpected is going to happen that will require a trip to the hospital. When I was in labor with DD, labor stalled at 9cm. I pushed for over an hour but nothing was happening and DD was getting into distress. Finally, my midwives admitted there was nothing else they could do. The situation had gone beyond their capabilities and they advised bringing in a doctor. In the end, DD was delivered using an episiotomy and forceps and I required a spinal block afterwards to stitch up my internal and external 3rd degree tear. It turned out that DD had the cord wrapped twice tightly around her head and wouldn't budge. Of course, none of this was the midwives' fault, but I was extremely grateful I was in hospital where the situation could be dealt with quickly.