Is Homebirth Right for Me?
There is a lot of information regarding the safety of homebirth from many different sources. Here is a helpful guide to the current research on the safety of home birth to help you make a decision on whether home birth is the right choice for you and your family.
What is the Midwifery Model of Care?
The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes. Midwives, regardless of where they practice, are trained to provide comprehensive prenatal care with extensive client education, safeguard safety during labor and birth, provide newborn care, while providing continuous risk assessment and addressing complications if they arise.
Current Research on Homebirth
As the popularity of home birth grows, so does the need for research showing the outcomes of low-risk, healthy women who receive care from a trained midwife. As a Certified Professional Midwife, as well as a Registered/Licensed Midwife part of my licensing, requires that I provide my data to the Midwives Alliance of North America in an attempt to further research into the safety of out of hospital midwifery. For more information about the research being done in the field of out-of-hospital midwifery, check out the links below!
Helpful Information about Homebirth
Considering a Water Birth?
A crucial step to decreasing unnecessary interventions in labor is helping facilitate appropriate pain management.
One of the best ways to do this is by utilizing water to help with pain and increase relaxation. Approximately 50% of my clients give birth in the water and almost 100% utilize hydrotherapy in some way, whether it be the shower, tub, and other water-centered coping techniques. More information about water birth and its benefits can be found from these articles from Evidence Based Birth, Mama Natural, and Waterbirth International.
International Perspective on Homebirth
While popularity for homebirth is growing in the United States, both midwifery care and home births are often integrated parts of the medical system in other countries. For information surrounding the international standards for midwives and perspectives on homebirths, check out the links below!