Is Community 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 community birth and I will provide the resource links below. There are many layers that provide safety for community birth; Midwives that provide research-based care, detection of 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 be honest with the midwife as the other way around. Trust between pregnant people and the midwife is vitally important. The bottom line is that birth, in general, is safe here in the Pacific Northwest. Regardless of where you choose to deliver, the risk is low to birthing person and baby. Each person is continuously assessed for low-risk status at each prenatal. Just because you start care in the home, does not necessarily mean you will deliver in the home. This is what makes it safe overall.
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 practice from other midwives. They are not certified or licensed which limits their ability to carry medications. They are recognized in the state of Oregon as Midwives.
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is certified through a national organization; North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). In the states of Oregon and Washington, 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 community 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, community birth is not for everyone. There are certain medical reasons that would make community birth no longer a safe option. We can discuss these in our free consultation as well as throughout care if they arise. There is also an emotional and mental component to making community birth a good option; you have to feel safe and take ownership of this decision and process. This is a big decision and Beautiful Births LLC can answer any questions you might be having. Give us a call!