Home Birth

There is a better way!

There is a better way!

I recently read an incredibly sad story of a woman who was grieving her birth experience. Her gut told her that birth was a normal experience for the human body, and there should not be any reason to have to do much of anything to prepare for it.  She didn’t necessarily desire a natural birth, and trusted her careprovider and hospital to do only what was medically necessary.  And there in lies the rub. Birth in the US is not evidenced based. The ways in which laboring and birthing women are treated and cared for are not the ways that will produce the healthiest outcomes.  We have been...

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Homebirth Conversation on Public Radio

Connections: Understanding the New Study on the Safety of Home Births with Evan Dawson of WRUR Rochester, and members of Rochester Area Birth Network http://wxxinews.org/post/connections-understanding-new-study-safety-home-births For more information check out an excellent analysis by Researcher Henci Goer: http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/homebirth-safety/ And from Researcher Dr. Eugene DeClerq of Boston University:...

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HBAC – Homebirth After Cesarean

Homebirth after Cesarean: The Myth and the Reality by Amy V. Haas, BCCE  “Homebirth after cesarean” is a phrase that garners mixed reactions—most of them negative. “Why?” or “Are you insane?” they ask. The people who make these comments, however, usually have no idea about the realities of birth in the US. My phone rang one afternoon. It was a woman looking for a care provider to attend the birth of her next child at home. I offered to send her the midwives list. “I won’t go back to a hospital unless I am unconscious,” she told me. I gave her the name of the one midwife in the area who...

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Homebirth

The Educated Parent: There is no place like home! By Amy V. Haas, BA, BCCE  Once upon a time a woman sat down to have lunch with her best friend. “I’m pregnant!” she said, “and we’re planning a homebirth!”. “Congratulations!” said her friend, “But are you insane!?!”. “Nope” said the mom to be, “Homebirth is just as safe, if not safer than hospital birth, and it’s much more comfortable”. Smart woman. Sounds like she’s done her homework. The controversy over home vs. hospital birth has continued to rage over the last 80+ years, as the miracle of birth began to move from the family home to the...

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Birth is a Journey! Start by Choosing a birth place:

Hospital vs. home birth The Majority of women in the US go to the hospital to have their babies.  It became common from the 1920’s on when it was believed that births would be safer there. Sadly, that has not necessarily been proven to be the case.  Evidence based birth practices have shown that restricting interventions and promoting natural birth actually improves outcomes. However, the majority of the research today shows that Hospitals do not practice evidence based medicine. As a result The United States has the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality than any other developed...

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