Maternal and infant mortality and morbidity rates are constantly rising in the United States, along with unnecessary and avoidable inductions and cesareans. More mothers and babies die in U.S. hospitals than in many third-world countries, yet the medical establishment in the U.S. continues to go the wrong way toward more and more interference with the natural process – the very thing that is causing the problems.
Homebirth with midwives, however, continues to have a very high level of proven safety. Countries that use the most midwives have the best outcomes. Midwifery care consistently results in statistically safer births, less use of traumatic interventions, and higher maternal satisfaction.
Watch this video featuring several well-known and respected researchers, scientists, and care providers talking about the safety of homebirth:
Read the studies for yourself, and please do as much of your own research as you can. Each paper below is linked to either its original abstract on PubMed or the full-text article if available. Click on the title to be taken to the abstract/article.
Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews
- Planned hospital birth versus planned home birth
- Appendix: Birth Can Safely Take Place at Home and in Birthing Centers
- Meta-analysis of the safety of home birth
Cohort and Population-Based Observational Studies
- Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician
- Outcomes associated with planned home and planned hospital births in low-risk women attended by midwives in Ontario, Canada, 2003-2006: a retrospective cohort study
- Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America
- Outcomes of planned home births versus planned hospital births after regulation of midwifery in British Columbia
- Safety of Alternative Approaches to Childbirth
- Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study
- Planned home compared with planned hospital births in the Netherlands: intrapartum and early neonatal death in low-risk pregnancies
- Perinatal mortality and morbidity in a nationwide cohort of 529,688 low-risk planned home and hospital births
- Recently released! The largest study of planned home birth in the U.S. to date shows that home birth with trained midwives is safe for low-risk women. Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009
- Outcomes of intended home births in nurse-midwifery practice: a prospective descriptive study
- Outcomes of 11,788 planned home births attended by certified nurse-midwives. A retrospective descriptive study
- A descriptive analysis of home births attended by CNMs in two nurse-midwifery services
The safety of homebirth
Many national and international health organizations have published statements, reports, and opinions about the safety of midwifery care and homebirth.
- Coalition for Improving Maternity Services
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists/Royal College of Midwives
- Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)
- American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM)
- World Health Organization
- New York State Association of Licensed Midwives (NYSALM)
- Citizens for Midwifery