Homebirth Midwifery

Healthy women with qualified care providers, usually midwives, can have safe home births.

Home birth reduces:

  • Risk of infection
  • Risks from unnecessary interventions
  • Maternal morbidity rates from complications and interventions
  • Risks from errors in hospitals
  • Interference in bonding and breastfeeding from hospital policies
  • Risks from poor staffing levels in hospitals
  • Risks of tampering with the baby

Home birth provides:

  • Safe, familiar and private surroundings for labor and birth
  • Woman-centered care during pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • Family-oriented birth with no strangers present
  • An opportunity for immediate bonding and breastfeeding
  • Less disruption and stress for the whole family
  • Affirmation that birth is a normal and profound life event

Research shows that planned home birth with a qualified attendant is safe for most mother and babies.

Adapted from Citizens for Midwifery