Home Birth Info

Home birth: a sensible choice

Home birth is a safe, sensible choice. Planning a home birth keeps your options open, reduces your chance of interventions, and has benefits for your birth, you as a birthing woman, and your partner.

The UK Birth Place study 2015 looked at outcomes by place of birth for 64,000 babies born to 'low risk' mothers in 2010, including my youngest.

It found that birth in any setting is extremely safe, with perinatal mortality rates extremely low. 

It found that there were much fewer interventions for home birth, and other midwife led settings, compared with the traditional labour ward (aka obstetric unit). 


5 reasons to book a home birth even if you plan to go to hospital 

April the giraffe and what we can learn from animal births 

A positive birth experience is important for babies too. 

Water birth myths 

Birth story: Home birth with first baby

Birth story: Home birth with fifth baby




Here are some links to the UK Birth Place Study

This is the decision tool for parents: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Documents/Birth_place_decision_support_Generic_2_.pdf  (In my webinar I address the issue of the tiny but higher chance of 'poor outcomes' for babies when first birth is at home.  Can't be because of being at home because standalone midwife led units don't have the same stats and have no better access to medical equipment than at home.  Most likely because of the lack of experience of midwives doing home births.)

Birth Place website: https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/birthplace

place of birth and vbac: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5014182/

BMI and outcomes http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.12437/abstract

This is research from the Netherlands (2015) looking at outcomes over 10 years (400,000 women) comparing low risk women giving birth at home or hospital.  It found there was no difference in outcomes for babies, including first timers.



The Business of Being Born - documentary by Rikki Lake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk-ApG4Rw1U&list=PLtB9LXUsSoXIxIBb2iKKqCtN3L2-yXxDD&index=1&t=1681s

Here's a clip from the movie showing Marsden Wagner "If you want a humanised birth the best thing you can do is to stay the hell out of the hospital."


Mybirth.tv  Lots of home birth videos filmed by midwife turned filmmaker, Bernie Bos, mostly for cable TV shows 'Home Grown Babies' and 'Home Birth Diaries' includes vbacs at home and other 'outside of guidelines' home births, and also transfers.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eljsrpgiC6k&list=PLcfqjj6yoqap2HeuBvdUwDbU6iY2ouwtR



Useful websites:

www.which.co.uk/birth-place useful interactive tool for thinking through your options, plus stats on every hospital.


www.homebirth.org.uk  especially the section: can I still have a home birth if ...


www.sarawickham.com lots of useful links to research with commentary. Especially good for high bmi, older women, going past due dates. 

Please email if you would like more information, other information, or simply a bit of moral support.

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