Is home birth safe?
This is probably the biggest question that people have. In short, yes it is very safe. There is, however, many more questions that need to be discussed. There have been many research projects released in the last decade surrounding the safety of home birth and I will provide the resource links below. There are many aspects that make home birth safe; Midwives that provide research-based care, detecting risk and referring appropriately, having a working relationship with the local hospitals, and having an honest midwife-client relationship. It is just as important for the client to honest with the midwife as the other way around. The bottom line is that birth, in general, is safe here in Oregon. Regardless of where you choose to deliver, the risk is low to mom and baby. Your specific possible risks can be discussed with the midwife at your consultation. It is important to keep in mind that prenatal care is on-going risk assessment. Just because you start care in the home, does not necessarily mean you will deliver in the home.
This link provides many excellent research projects done on the safety of home birth and many other excellent resources for parents:
This link provides specific articles for parents on tests and procedures done during pregnancy and for the newborn after. It is an excellent resource! Check it out!
What are the different types of Midwives?
There are many types of midwives so it is important to understand the differences between them.
Traditional midwives have been trained in midwifery from other midwives. They are not certified or licensed which limits their ability to carry medications. As of January 2015 the State of Oregon has required all new midwives to be licensed.
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is certified through a national organization; North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). In the state of Oregon, CPMs are also required to be licensed through the State which has a few additional requirements. Once licensed, they are a licensed direct-entry midwife (LDM). Their license allows them to carry important medications; anti-hemorrhagic drugs, medications for baby, oxygen, and others. These midwives provide care in out-of-hospital settings; home or birth center.
A Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is trained in nursing as well as midwifery. They are able to prescribe medications and provide well-woman care as well as maternity care. CNMs can provide care in hospitals, birth centers, or homes.
Is it a good option for everyone?
No, home birth is not for everyone. There are certain medical reasons that would make home birth no longer a safe option. We can discuss these in our free consultation. There is also an emotional and mental component to making home birth a good option; you have to feel safe. This is a big decision and Beautiful Births LLC can answer any questions you might be having. Give us a call!