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04 March 2010 @ 02:25 pm

Home Births Rise, Mostly By Choice By Brenda Wilson

The mad dash to the hospital after a pregnant woman's water breaks has become pretty well established in the birthing lore of the United States. But there's been an uptick in births at home, suggesting that an alternative to childbirth in hospitals is getting some traction.There was a five percent increase in out-of-hospital births in 2005, says an analysis just out from the National Center for Health Statistics. The proportion of births outside hospitals held steady in 2006. That year, more than 38,000 babies (of more than 4 million babies born) came into the world somewhere other than a hospital.
The medical establishment doesn't endorse skipping the hospital. "Despite the fact that the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association say it's not a good idea," says statistician Marian MacDorman who wrote the report. "Some women still choose home births and prefer them."
The American Public Health Association, the World Health Organization, and, as you might expect, the American College of Nurse Midwives, all support home and out-of-hospital births for low-risk women.
Sixty-one percent of non-hospital births are supervised by midwives, most often at home but also at birthing centers that aren't attached to a hospital.
Most women who opt for home births made a conscious choice about it. Birth certificates in about half the states lets parents note whether a home birth was planned. They were 83 percent of the time.
Where is home birth most popular? With more than 2 percent of babies born at home, Montana and Vermont had the highest rates. Louisiana and Nebraska were the lowest at 0.2 percent.
Some of the states with big increase: Alabama, California, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Warning - as always - some of the comments on the NPR page are prob enough to make most community member have high blood pressure!
19 November 2008 @ 12:37 pm
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  • This is a community devoted to low-intervention pregnancies and natural home births. In this community, "natural birth" is defined as labor that begins, progresses, and ends spontaneously and which does not involve the use of medication or intervention during the birth process. Medications (including natural remedies) for pain control or labor induction/augmentation are not conducive to a natural birth experience and can greatly alter the course of your birth.

  • In this community, a "low-intervention" pregnancy is on e where interventive care is used as necessary, not as dictated by an arbitrary medical schedule. It involves taking responsibility for your health (and that of your baby) and making decisions based on necessity, education, and instinct, instead of based on the standard medical model of care.

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  • While you are welcome to read if you aren't planning a homebirth, this community is not the place to share stories of planned hospital or birth center births, or stories of highly interventive prenatal care.

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    19 November 2018 @ 12:33 pm
    Why homebirth?

    LiveJournal offers a wide variety of communities addressing various pregnancy and birth topics, yet there is no active community currently geared specifically towards those women who choose homebirth. While there is nothing more natural and normal than a mother giving birth within the comfort and security of her own home, most Western women are not raised with homebirth as a cultural norm. Those seeking to learn more about homebirth need access to accurate information and, most importantly, support from a homebirth-normative social group. Women who choose homebirth need a place to come together to ask their questions and share their experiences.

    Who belongs in homebirth?

    If you have had a homebirth, are currently planning a homebirth, or just want to learn more about homebirth for the future, this is the community for you. homebirth is for women who choose to give birth at home with or without a professional birth attendant. This is also a great community for those interested in low-intervention prenatal care or prenatal self-care. While those planning hospital or birth center births are welcome to join, read, and even comment, this is not the place to share planned non-homebirth stories or extol highly interventive prenatal care or medically-managed labors and births.

    What will we talk about in homebirth?

    Topics discussed in homebirth will include, but are certainly not limited to:
  • Finding the right care provider and/or birth attendant
  • Providing prenatal self-care
  • Prenatal testing (risks and benefits)
  • Homebirthing laws and politics
  • Preparing your birth supplies
  • Preventing or preparing for potential complications
  • Choosing an attended homebirth
  • Choosing an unassisted homebirth
  • Labor and birth positions
  • Herbs and natural/home remedies for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum concerns
  • Dealing with unsupportive or uncomfortable partners/family/friends
  • Birth-related news stories and articles
  • Birth stories and videos
  • Websites, books, or other homebirth-supportive media
  • Your newborn (breastfeeding, deciding on vitamin K and prophylactic eyedrops, and other relevant topics)
  • Postpartum

    Now that you're a part of our community, please be sure to read our community rules, add yourself to our Member List, and share your birth stories and videos for our archive!