Homebirth Research & Resources

We are fortunate to have a wealth of research-based evidence on home birth safety and benefits. I've included a treasure trove of articles on home birth safety below. When you're done reading, be sure to also check out my Frequently Asked Questions about midwifery care.

Being Safe: Making the Decision to Have a Planned Home Birth {Lamaze.org}

Home birth, the rest of the story {Lamaze.org}

Why not home? The surprising birth choices of doctors and nurses {Why Not Home}

I’m an OB-GYN. I’m not sure every baby needs to be born in the hospital: Surprising lessons from the United Kingdom {Washington Post}

Is out of hospital birth safe? {Lamaze.org}

Ted Talks for when you're expecting a child {Ted Talks}

Home births as safe as hospital births, research finds {McMaster University}

Home birth with your first baby {Homebirth.org}

Why have a home birth {Peggy O'Mara}

Home birth research Q & A {Midwives Alliance of North America}

Dear Friend, birth doesn't have to suck {Improvingbirth.org}

Home birth matters - for all women {Journal of Perinatal Education}

Home birth resources {Evidence Based Birth}

Home birth in a risk society {Lamaze.org}

Meta analysis on the safety of home birth {Lamaze.org}

Home birth: An annoted guide to the literature {University of British Columbia}

What is home birth {Evidence Based Birth}

Women Speak Out About What's Gone Wrong with the United States Birthing System {Huffington Post}

The most scientific birth is often the least technological birth {The Atlantic}

Perinatal and maternal outcomes by planned place of birth for healthy women with low risk pregnancies: the Birthplace in England national prospective cohort study {British Medical Journal}

Photos of home birth (the entire site is pretty neat!) {Elephant Journal}

Big push for home births: Too many babies are being born in hospital, doctors say {Dailymail.co.uk}

The joys of home birthing {Passionatehomemaking.com}

More interventions at delivery not linked to healthier newborns, study shows {Science Daily}

Home Birth Is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Moms Dying {Colorlines}

Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife
versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician {Canadian Medical Association Journal}

Birth in the squatting position

Nice home birth in Maine

A “Normal Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery” NSVD in the hospital, just so you have a basis of comparison

Story of a C-section to a home water birth

From a client: "This Unbreaking Birth video is a really interesting. It helped my husband and parents realize the safety (and my reason for wanting) of a home birth. My husband is a scientist, so he is all about numbers and facts, and he thought this was great. It’s not specifically about ''the safety of home birth'' but more about how BROKEN the hospital birth care system is in the US. And about how safe and common home births are in other countries."

Ina May's Ted Talk

Home birth

Really inspirational montage of women who had a c/section for because they “failed to progress” or “cephlo-pelvic disproportion” i.e. your baby is too big, who had their subsequent babies at home, often bigger babies.

Home or Hospital? Holding the Space for Human Birth: Saraswathi Vedam at TEDxAmherstCollege