Home Births Are Making a Comeback: See for Yourself (INFOGRAPH)

home birthWe talk about home birth a lot. But around 1 percent of women choose to have their babies at home -- though that number is rising thanks to a natural birthing trend. Home birth isn't something we should fear. We've gone over this before -- women were made to birth babies! It's our superpower. And even though we talk so much about why more women are choosing home birth and natural birth over heavily medicated birth, we should really be talking about why women didn't trust their superpower to begin with. Why did we forget our ability and slowly over time decide we needed a ton of medical intervention to have a baby? Because back in 1900, about 95 percent of births happened at home. By the 40s, that declined to 44 percent. In 1969, 1 percent. But now it's starting to go up again. 

My theory? Doctors fed us information so we can do business with them. The medical advances are amazing, but they don't always belong in child birth. This infograph should open more eyes.

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Source: NursingsSchoolHub.com

Home birth rates are rising fast because women are arming themselves with more information. We aren't just blindly trusting doctors anymore. Look what happened when we did that with antibiotics. Remember when antibiotics were prescribed for everything? Now docs aren't so quick to write that script (well the good ones aren't anyway). When we did that, we became a nation immune to the help antibiotics offered us. And no one wants that. For anything. Especially for child birth. Natural is ... well, natural. Look at Montana! Maybe the so-called crunchy women there can teach us something because they are choosing home birth more than any other state. Louisiana sure could learn something from them. We could all learn something from each other.

Doctors and midwives need to work together. Doctors need to learn from midwives because their c-section rate is lower. Less intervention when not needed. We need to do something about the alarming maternal death rate because c-sections are major surgery and often aren't the answer; they actually become the cause of the issue. Issues we shouldn't have in 2014. We are way behind when it comes to safe births, so this "new trend" -- home birth -- is welcomed. We are arming ourselves with information, with knowledgeable midwives, we are trusting our abilities and listening to our bodies and our babies' actions in our bellies, we are empowering ourselves. Consider home birth. Consider a doula. Consider a midwife. Let's make birth safer.

Would you have a home birth? What do you think of these stats?


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nonmember avatar Michelle

I'm thrilled to have added to Texas home birth numbers.

nonmember avatar ago

2 of those were mine;)

nonmember avatar Jocelyn

Too bad Cornell University just found that having a baby at home increases the risk of the baby dying by four times: http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20140203/study-ties-home-births-to-higher-infant-death-rates. And they also found that babies born at home had more than 18 times the chance of getting a brain injury: http://www.skepticalob.com/2014/01/risk-of-anoxic-brain-injury-is-more-than-18-times-higher-at-homebirth.html.

miche... micheledo

I had two at home!  

nonmember avatar Kit

And the mother/infant death rates were a lot higher back then too. I will be birthing in a hospital where, in case something goes wrong they can do something ASAP. I think that some doctors could learn from midwives to remember that women should have a say but I would still pick a hospital birth over a home birth. But I have no problem strongly advocating for myself and not being bullied and a husband who will happily go to bat for me.

I don't get the "nurturing Mother Nature" mindset. Mother Nature is a cold-hearted you-know-what. Between natural disasters and disease, she does not care if we live or die.

nonmember avatar Ashley

My son would have died if I would have had a home birth. Why take the risk?

nonmember avatar Erin

I have to say I had a really good expirence when I did more research and went natural with my second. My OB's were very supportive of everything I wanted. However, I just can't bring myself to have a home birth. I am so happy for all the moms that can do it but I am too chicken. My local hospital is 30 miles away and the closest with a NICU is 2 hours away. I am so scared of not having doctors around I won't even deliver at my local hospital because they don't have NICU equipment. Yes, i did drive 2 hours in labor to have my second. LOL

nonmember avatar CaliBeauty

wherever a woman decides she wants to give birth, i respect that...it's not always an easy decision to make, but you do what is most comfortable to you --- i tire of the same bashing talk, though, from critics who think home birthers somehow only put their needs above their baby's...many women who choose home birth will tell you one of the reasons is due to negative experiences w/themselves and/or babies in the hospital...also, to the critics who constantly talk of death rates b4 drs/hospitals...look up the stats for puerperal fever which was caused by drs in the hospital whereas home birthers didn't have high rates of this infection...drs didn't come in with mamas & babies in their best interests, they came in to fatten their pockets...there are many good drs, but they are not always necessary for birth...i had a good dr once, who offered me a c-section just for cosmetic purposes!

Melissa Hart

Had one in hospital- one at a birthing center and two at home:) done making babies but if I weren't I would continue to birth at home- it's the way to go as long as you trust your body- your baby and god:) if you don't trust the hospital is probably your best bet.

nonmember avatar Lindsey

I'm a L&D nurse with experience in working in high risk facilities, smaller facilities , and in multiple states. I had two home births. I won't go into the reasons behind my choice because it would take a book. Home birth isn't for everybody, it's not for every pregnancy, but it should be a woman's choice.

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