by Pregnancy.org Staff
For centuries giving birth at home was the normal thing to do, but by the 1900's women slowly began changing their birth setting by going to hospitals. Before the days of modern medicine childbirth could be a very frightening event for women.
Times have obviously changed. As our understanding of anatomy, modern medicine, the mechanics of childbirth, and technology have significantly increased, more and more women are exploring the idea of a home birth with trained midwives or nurse-midwives for low-risk, healthy, normal pregnancies. As the curiosity in home birth grows, the number of studies and statistical data will continue to grow and give us a greater understanding of the risks and benefits.
The information below will help increase your understanding as you move toward an informed decision.
Home birth might be an option for you if:
Home birth is not for you if:
Approximately 25% of first time moms and 4% of women who have previously given birth are transferred to the hospital for delivery. The following are some of the reasons women are transferred:
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