With possible future babbas with smooth pregnancies, I think I'd want home births. I know I'd be waaaaaaay more comfortable in my own home than in a hospital. But we'll see :p
C&P; I don't remember exactly how many my doctor said, but I think it was 45 out of 100 first baby home births that were brought to hospital, and 12 out of 100 for second or subsequent babies. Also serious injuries/death is extremely rare, so I think it's better over here. But we've got free health care, so I guess that's a part of it too.
It sounds so much more relaxing at home! Especially when you already have a child, and we'll be in our new home by then (if we get the house we want we'll be really far away from a hospital with a maternity ward). I just hope I'll find a nice midwife out in faerieland!
My best friend is due to have a baby any day now and she is having a natural birth in a hospital, because she is well aware of how bad home births can go. She was born at home (as 90% of my friends/acquaintances were) and her mom was very confident about it because her brother was such an easy birth, she pushed for like 15 minutes and he was out with no issues. My friend on the other hand, turned out to be a very complicated birth and her shoulders got stuck. Her mom (and her, probably) almost died. Her midwife was a friend who was a nurse practitioner (she worked at a women's clinic and mostly performed abortions) knew what to do somehow and got her out in time. I think everyone should have the right to have a home birth if they want one, but just know the facts and be prepared if anything goes wrong.
Here is my opinion/thoughts on home birth via Patton Oswalt. Some foul language and crudeness, just a warning. Blade, I think you'll like this. :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbai-yBRyHg
Thanks blade a good reminder to everyone as these stats clearly state that it is MUCH more dangerous to have a home birth than a hospital birth.
I had extremely complicated problems with my pregnancies and I would not have survived without a doctors intervention and neither would my babies.
Please ladies go to a hospital birthing centre where you have the midwives and the doctors on hand to help you.
And if you are considering a home birth think again make sure you have all the facts, and especially do not do it as an economy measure.
Thanks for posting this, stats are more than just the headlines and people forget that often hospital stats include the worst case scenarios that need to be rushed to hospital and indeed the cases where the birth was high risk (outside multiples and prems as you pointed out Blade). With this considered if the outcomes for each setting were only equally good/bad...think of what an excellent job those doctors and nurses in the hospitals are doing with all those tricky cases! Pregnancy and childbirth were and continue to be killers of women (check out international stats ladies), just because they're natural doesn't make them nice or safe.
I was a (first time!) home birth and just feel so lucky that nothing went wrong! I can't believe for a second that my mum had all the facts >.> I love her dearly but that was not her best choice (She was 30 and obese! Who let that happen???!).
What's odd is there are usually CNMs in more populated areas who attend home births, at least enough to cover the demand. I don't know if it's cost, availability, lack of information/ research, or something else that causes women who opt for home birth to choose a different type of midwife, but I'd be interested to know the motivation behind that.
Oh how I wish this was an option for me. The only birthing center in my metro area is NOT attached to a hospital. Pretty much, if I want to birth with a CNM, I can do it at the birthing center or in my home. I could be wrong, but I don't think that there are many areas in the US that have true midwife run birth centers attached to hospitals. If I choose a hospital birth, I will have intervention after intervention pressed upon me, making my birth much more stressful than it would be if I could trust the attendants to just leave me alone unless something was wrong. Then I'll have people bugging me from sunup to sundown following the birth, keeping baby and me from sleeping, nursing, etc. I'm sure there are US hospitals where this is not the case, but most of us don't have access to them :(
That said, this paper convinced me not to go with the local birth center, so thank you, Blade. I'd rather deal with the aforementioned complications than mourn a dead or neurologically impaired baby. We'll just be bringing a doula and checking out as soon as I am physically able :)
New Zealand, it is the same midwives (all competent, trained professionals) who attend both hospital and homebirths. No wonder birthing at home is such a safe option for so many women here :D