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!

Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009

Planned home birth: benefits, risks, and opportunities

Homebirth: An Annotated Guide to the Internet


Helpful Information about Homebirth


What Is Homebirth? 

Safe for whom? Understanding how risk factors impact birth safety at home and birth centers

How safe is 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!

International Confederation of Midwives

Canadian Association of Midwives

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence