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Comprehensive Homebirth Resource List

Approximately 1% of babies in the United States are born at home. Homebirth can be for nearly anyone.

Home Birth Benefits

Many parents choose home birth because they feel it creates an experience superior to the medically managed model of care. Some people prefer the comfort and convenience of avoiding a trip to the hospital; they may want to avoid medical interventions that may occur with medically managed labor; and they may prefer the midwifery model of care, that emphasizes informed consent and a more "hands-off" approach to the labor process.

Safety Statistics

While there are many different opinions regarding the safety of home birth, the actual statistics show that home births, for healthy mothers and pregnancies, are no more dangerous than hospital births. Home births have relatively low hospital transfer and C-section rates, and there are fewer reported injuries to mothers and babies during childbirth. The lack of medical interventions reduce their associated risks, such as complications from epidurals and other drugs, and infections from incision sites.

Cost / Insurance Options

Home births can cost anywhere between $3000 - $7000, depending on your geographic area and the midwife you choose. Even though it is far less expensive than a hospital birth, health insurance companies are often reluctant to cover home births. Fortunately, many families do report at least partial reimbursement for home birth midwifery services. Some companies will even agree to make an exception and add a home birth midwife as an in-network provider. Some even cover doula services. It usually requires some persistence, but the payoff can be worth it.

Stories / Testimonials

Read about others' home birth experiences. Celebrities who have had home births include Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, Ricki Lake, Jennifer Connelly, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Mayim Biyalik, Cindy Crawford, Thandi Newton, Alyson Hannigan, Evangeline Lilly, Maria Bello, and Nelly Furtado.

Additional Resources

  • All About Birth and the Truth About Birth
  • Read How Hospital Birth Compares to Birth at Home
  • Parents share info on homebirth
  • Boston Globe Article: Birth of a Dilemma
  • Index of Research on Homebirth
  • Read about the saftey of homebirth
  • Article: Homebirth- What Are the Issues?
  • Online Book: The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth
  • What is a Normal Birth anyway?
  • Order From Our Suggested Reading List
  • How Safe is Homebirth? By Yvonne Cryns
  • Summary: "Pain During Childbirth, Can it be controlled Naturally?"
  • The Safety of Midwives ,By Yvonne Cryns
  • References to start your own investigation of homebirth
  • Homebirth Safety Research Abstracts
  • World Health Organization's Summary of Research on Place of Birth
  • Delivery as Ritual (excellent)
  • Jock Doubleday's $25,000 offer (it's true!)
  • Why Midwife? By Shelly Girard (wonderful pictures, personal article)
  • Summary of Homebirth Safety Research
  • Homebirth Birth Stories from Childbirth.org
  • More Homebirth Birth Stories
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