May 29, 2008

Wow, mainstream homebirth promotion!

I got an email from one of the gals in my homebirth support group of a couple interesting articles on a mainstream parenting website talking about the pros of home birth. I found them very interesting, especially after my prenatal massage with a gentleman who is also a birth doula. He told me that only 1-3% of all hospital deliveries are completely natural without epidurals or other pain drugs. We also talked about how our local hospitals have a 30+% cesarean rate, with homebirth only having about a 3% rate. Anyways, check out the links below, they are very interesting. I have posted the overviews below, they are quotes from the articles and not written by me.

Check out the full article here: Home Sweet Home Birth

Home births are not just for granola loving Earth mamas. There are plenty of advantages to giving birth in the comforts of your own home. It may surprise you to know that approximately 75% of women worldwide choose a home birth as their delivery method of choice. That is except for here in the United States where, according to Ricki Lake’s documentary “The Business of Being Born,” hospital deliveries are encouraged over home births because they’re more advantageous to doctors and insurance companies rather than mother and child. But now, more and more expectant American mothers are doing the unexpected and choosing home births over hospital deliveries.

And then better yet, check out this Q&A about the safety and pros of homebirth: Homebirth: Making it Happen

If you have thought about delivering your baby at home, you probably have a lot of questions! Are you wondering what exactly a midwife is, and whether midwifery care is right for you? What about homebirth -- is it safe? Is it legal? Is it what you want? This article, an excerpt from "Homebirth: Making it Happen," will help you find answers to these questions -- and more.

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