A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that home births are gaining in popularity and all-in-all, home births have risen 20% in recent years. Still, many pregnant women and their partners are concerned that home births may not be as safe as a hospital birth, likely because home birth myths regularly circulate in the media and parenting circles. This happens because, when a home birth goes bad, the media is all over it, blaming midwives and the home setting. However, all is not well on the hospital front – it’s just that the media usually ignores the much more common hospital errors. Keep reading to see some common myths about home births.
MYTH 1: Home births are more dangerous than hospital births.
FACT: Honestly, it’s hard to compare home birth and hospital birth statistics perfectly because there’s so many more hospital births than home births. Home births are on the rise, but still, fewer than 1% of U.S. babies are born at home. That said, the largest study of home birth to date shows that if you’re having a low-risk pregnancy, a home birth is just as safe as a hospital birth. Another large home birth study shows that the newborn death rate is just 1.7 deaths per 1000 planned home births. Better yet, ZERO mothers died during this large study.