let me preface this with the fact that I 100% believe that every woman should be able to birth where she feels the safest and most comfortable!
I came across this article today and I thought I would share it with you as you navigate through all the info and options as you decide on the best place for you (or your partner, or sister, or friend) to give birth. It is written by a medical doctor who had 4 home births before she went to medical school and walks you through whether post medical school she would still choose to do the same.
I think regardless of where we give birth though, the more we can avoid the unnesseccery interventions, the better off we (and our baby) will be.
"Home Birth is More Than a Romantic Choice: It’s About Mom’s and Baby’s Health and Safety where we choose to have our babies actually has to do with more than simply personal preference, spiritual beliefs, and romantic notions. It’s a public health and safety issue.
Just skimming the surface, we know that planned home births lead to substantially fewer unnecessary cesarean sections than do hospital births. We also know that prenatal care and birth attendance provided by a midwife are more likely to help pregnancy and birth stay on a natural trajectory, and are much less likely to result in unnecessary interventions of any type."
Read the entire article here
*one of the most important reasons I became a doula was to help mama's avoid these interventions no matter where they choose to birth!