MYTH 4: If you give birth at home, you’ll be alone.
As long as you live in a state where midwives are considered a viable option, you won’t be alone, unless you choose unassisted home birth. Almost all home births are attended by a certified nurse-midwife, a certified midwife or a non-certified midwife – in rare instances a physician may even attend. Also, you’ll have the ability to have your partner, other children and anyone else you choose present, such as a helpful birth doula.
MYTH 5: Home birth is too expensive.
A non-complicated home birth, out-of-pocket, costs far less than a hospital birth. It’s hard to discuss specific costs, but most sources notes that the average uncomplicated vaginal birth costs 68% less in a home than in a hospital. Of course, not everyone can afford an out-of-pocket birth, which sadly, makes this myth a half truth. Many insurance carriers do not cover home birth, making home birth out of reach. On the flip-side, a small handful of states already require that home birth be included in health care coverage. Hopefully other states will soon follow suit.
If you’re still not sure about home birth, keep in mind that your comfort level does matter, and can affect your labor and birth. If you’re too nervous about home birth, it’s better to choose another birth location. You may want to consider a birthing center which is a happy medium between home and hospital for many families. To learn more about home birth check out the following resources:
- The Safety of Home Birth (pdf)
- A gigantic selection of scientific abstracts about home birth safety
- Safety Of Home Birth (McMaster Study)
- Home Birth: as safe as birth gets
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