Is Birth Center or Home Birth Safe?
Benefits of Birth Center or Home Birth:
What the studies show!
Cheyney, Bovbjerg, Everson, Gordon, Hannibal, & Vedam, Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, January 2014
"Discussion: For this large cohort of women who planned midwife-led home births in the United States, outcomes are congruent with the best available data from population-based, observational studies that evaluated outcomes by intended place of birth and perinatal risk factors. Low-risk women in this cohort experienced high rates of physiologic birth and low rates of intervention without an increase in adverse outcomes."
Janssen, Saxell, Page, Klein, Liston, & Lee, Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 2009
"Interpretation: Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician."
Murphy and Fullerton, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sept. 1998
"Conclusion: Home birth can be accomplished with good outcomes under the care of qualified practitioners and within a system that facilitates transfer to hospital care when necessary. Intrapartal mortality during intended home birth is concentrated in postdates pregnancies with evidence of meconium passage."
Ackermann-Liebrich, et al., British Medical Journal, Sept. 1996
"Conclusion: Healthy low risk women who wish to deliver at home have no increased risk either to themselves or to their babies."