Are home births really dangerous?

I'm glad I'm done having children because I always hated the pressure women go through during their pregnancies in terms of having to decide the best way to deliver their children. Hospital birth? C-section? Water birth? No drugs? Home birth? The first time I was pregnant, I actually caved in to all this pressure and opted to go with midwives instead of an OB/GYN.

Luckily, I didn't go as far a wanting a home birth and after reading about the real dangers behind this practice--which continues to grow in popularity--I am forever grateful I opted to have my children at the hospital--not that my midwives ever even gave me that option. 


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You see, the group of midwives who took care of me and my unborn child during my last trimester were what is called CNMs, or certified nurse midwives. This means they were all certified nurses who were also midwives. In other words, they had the medical training every single certified nurse must have. And, very rarely, will you be able to find these kind of midwives doing home births because of liability insurance issues. 

So the ones that end up doing the home births are CPMs, or certified professional midwives. You know what you need to become one? A high school diploma, midwifery school or an apprenticeship with a midwife and a passing grade on a 350-question multiple-choice test. 

While my midwives provided the more personal care and more natural approach to childbirth that I was looking for, they were also fully trained to deal with any type of emergency, except a C-section--which is actually what ended up happening. Luckily, I was in the hospital, so there was no need to panic at all. 

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I know giving birth at home is women all over the world have been doing for centuries, but there's a reason why things changed. After reading about the devastating deaths that could've been prevented if a home birth had been a hospital birth, I'm truly glad I was too chicken to even consider this a real option for both my deliveries.

Would you consider a home birth? How much do you know about the risks involved? Share your thoughts with us by leaving us a comment. 

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Topics: about pregnancy  childbirth  midwives


on Jun 28, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Giving borth not a major medical procedure..if you know how your baby is and you know the baby isnt big, there should not be a problem..babies are bigger now because moms dont eat healthy and eat to much during pregnancy and actually causes the babies to be big..breeched babies, things changed, but breeched babies can be delivered safely if the person knows what they are doing...

I opt to have natural child birth in the hospital setting...with a doctor...i know i could give birth safely at home on my own..but in case something  goes wrong with the baby..then ya, i only live 4 blocks to the wouldny be a problem..

anyway, i guess it depends on the mom..but i wouldnt blame the was not there ultimate decision.

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on Jun 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I will never have my babies at home. Labor is a really difficult thing for me. I am not risking my life at home. I think that mothers who have regular pregnancy with no complications could give birth at home but be really close to a hospital. 

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on Sep 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Um, mamiof3bambinos, sorry but.. what an ignorant way to say that breeched babies are the cause of unhealthy eating.. I even avoided sodas. Every baby is different. And my baby was 7 pounds - not a big baby. No one was pressuring me to do the csection really, they double checked me a couple of times that week including the day of delivery to see if he was breech and if I wanted to go ahead. Have you delivered a breech baby without csection? If yes, well, good for you, but please don't go around saying how a mom eats affects her giving the birth. Home birth sounds nice, though..
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