Many people have been led to believe that the only
safe birth is a hospital birth. In reality, studies
have proven overwhelmingly that hospitals and doctor
attendance at birth do not result in the best outcomes
for mothers or babies.
a home birth, the birthing process is allowed to take
its own course and set its own pace. The general philosophy
is that any interventions like administering drugs
or trying to hurry things along, can create more harm
rate of cesarean deliveries is very low for midwives
and homebirths, compared to hospital births. Part
of the reason for this low rate is the fact that most
homebirths are not high risk. But more importantly,
midwives aren't in a hurry. They want to take time
with their families.
Labor and childbirth are a natural process and, unless
distress to the mother or baby is indicated, this
process is not interfered with through drugs, medical
equipment or cesarean intervention.
is a well designed process and most women can give
birth easily by trusting in themselves and in their
practitioner. The most successful homebirthers are
those who have a strong commitment to it and who trust
in their body's natural ability to birth.
may not be a viable option for everyone. An experienced
midwife knows the limits of safety and is comfortable
helping the parents make other arrangements.
Homebirth allows for full participation of family
members. Under the guidance and assistance of the
midwife, the opportunity is available for husbands,
partners or even older children to catch the child
as it is born. These moments can be very powerful
and transformational in the lives of the new family.
This is a sacred moment of life, a time to be honored.
Midwifery empowers women and their families with the
experience of birth in a familiar, safe environment.