Home Births on the Rise in New York City

The New York Times reported recently that there's been an increase in the number of home births around the city, attributed in part to a documentary by former TV talk show host Ricki Lake entitled "The Business of Being Born." While hospital births still greatly outnumber home births in the New York City area, a number of certified nurse midwives have said they've received so many requests in recent months that they've had to begin referring women to home birth specialists outside the city.


"The Business of Being Born" argues that "women's bodies are perfectly well equipped to give birth at home and that the occasion need not be a medical event" -- and it shows several home births, including the tub birth of Lake's second child. (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association both oppose home births.)

Women are talking about home birth around here. And debating the pros and cons -- though many moms are concerned about the potential safety issues involved with delivering in a non-hospital environment.

Home Birthing Mamas and Birth Is Normal could offer information and support if you're seriously considering a home birth (they're both private groups, so you'll need to join.)

Have you seen "The Business of Being Born?" What did you think? And are you considering a home birth, or is it just not for you?

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