Home Birth

The   largest  study   of  home  births  attended   by   Certified   Professional   Midwives,  as  published  in  the British  Medical  Journal, has found that home birth is safe for low risk women and involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals.

Safe and Healthy Outcomes:

• Results  are consistent with most studies of planned home births, and low risk hospital births.

• Zero Maternal Deaths

• Intrapartum  and  Neonatal  mortality:  2.0  per  1,000  intended  home  births  (Only 1.7 per 1,000 intended home births when planned breach and twin births are excluded)

• Immediate  neonatal  concerns  resulted  in  just  2.4%  of  newborns being placed in neonatal intensive care

• At 6 weeks well over 90% of mothers were still breastfeeding their babies

Low Rate of Medical Intervention:

• Much lower rates of interventions for intended home births compared to hospital births

Planned Home Birth Hospital Birth
Induction of labor (only with
oxytocin or prostaglandins)
2.1% 21.0%
Stimulation of labor (only with oxytocin) 2.7% 18.9%
Electric fetal monitoring 9.6% 84.3%
Episiotomy 2.1% 33.0%
Vacuum Extraction 0.6% 5.5%
Cesarean Section 3.7% 19.0%

Satisfied Mothers 

Only 1.7% of the mothers said they would chose a different type of caregiver for a future pregnancy

Few Transfers to Hospital Care

Only 2.1% transferred to the hospital intrapartum or postpartum

Five out six transfers were before delivery, most for failure to progress, pain relief of exhaustion

Midwife considered transfer urgent in only 3.4% of intended home births

High Credibility

Included all home births involving Certified Professional Midwives in 2000

5,418 women in the US and Canada who intended to give birth at home as of the start of labor

Prospective – Every planned home birth was registered in the study prior to labor and delivery

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