Safety

“Birth is as safe as life gets”

- Harriette Hartigan

Home birth is a natural and safe option for most women. Well structured studies on planned home birth with a trained midwife have shown again and again that home birth for low risk women is as safe or safer than hospital birth and involves much fewer interventions

Research

The British Medical Journal published a major study on the safety of home birth in North America in 2005 that showed once again that homebirth is safe for low risk women. The rates of medical intervention for home births were dramatically lower than those in the hospital. Some women in the study who planned home births were transferred to the hospital. Their medical intervention rates were also significantly lower than those for a similar group of women with low-risk pregnancies and planned hospital births. The cesarean rate for this group of women was only 3.7% in comparison to 24% for women planning a hospital birth. Mothers’ satisfaction with home birth midwifery care was high with over 97% reporting that they were extremely or very satisfied.

You can read the entire study here:
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416?ehom

For more information on the safety of homebirth you can refer to the research section of the Mothers Naturally site here:
http://www.mothersnaturally.org/resources/literatureResearch.php