The Truth Behind 5 Common Home Birth Myths

by , 08/10/11

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.

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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.

 

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2 Responses to “The Truth Behind 5 Common Home Birth Myths”

  1. mum5 says:

    Its important to remember that some statistics are very misleading. Countries are responsible for providing their own infant mortality rates. Some countries don’t include premature births so they can rank higher.

    Its also important to gather information from sources who are indifferent. A big problem with the information available on homebirth is that the vast majority of it is from homebirth advocates with an agenda.
    Its not that I think homebirths should never happen, I just hate it when perfectly acceptable options are sold using BS.

  2. CamiSu says:

    It is rather difficult to argue with the statistics in the Netherlands, where about 95% of births are at home. (Only high-risk moms go to hospital.

    Of course the vast majority of stats on home births are from advocates! Having a home birth is something you do because you WANT to! I had 3 and my daughter has had one. Good experiences, all. Interestingly, most of my friends and a good deal of my family have had home births, and those who did not, had really good reasons for gong to hospital. But I do not lie about the experiences. My agenda is to allow (and make it safe and comfortable) women to have their babies at home SHOULD THEY SO CHOOSE! You don’t want a home birth, don’t have one.

    Oh, and I saw no BS in that article.

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