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I don't think a home birth would be for me, but I definitely support moms who choose it. I recently interviewed cafemama, who decided on a home birth for her second baby. She's excited about how she'll deliver and looking forward to cuddling with her new extended family in her own bed right after the baby arrives.

Thanks to a mom in the private group Stay at Home Moms, I just came across new research from the Netherlands that says, for low-risk women, giving birth at home is just as safe as giving birth in a hospital.

If you've never considered it before, would you now?

The study, the largest of its kind, examined moms in the Netherlands, a country with a high rate of home births. Dutch women are encouraged to give birth at home and one third do so.

The research was actually carried out there because figures showed that the country had one of the highest rates in Europe of babies dying during or shortly after childbirth, and it was suggested that home births could be a factor. But in looking at 530,000 births -- both low-risk women who birthed at home and women who delivered in a hospital with a midwife -- researchers found no difference in the death rates or illnesses of mothers or babies.

Home births are on the rise in the UK and I know they are on the rise in New York, where I live, too.

What about you? Are you planning a home birth? If you've never considered one before, do you think you might be open to exploring the idea?