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Thoughtful Thursday: Are you Homebirth Curious?

Many women I meet are at the very least curious about home birth. Why do people do it? Is it safe? You will hear many arguments against homebirth, so I will share some resources that show you the other side of the issue.

Here is a fascinating look at birth statistics in the US. Considering our high cost, high tech maternity system – you might be surprised by the information presented here:

Birth by the Numbers  – http://www.orgasmicbirth.com/birth-by-the-numbers

Here is another great (and entertaining!) look at birth in the US. Ricki Lake describes her journey from giving birth to her first child in the hospital to giving birth to her second at home. Various experts contribute to this documentary as well.

The Business of Being Born – http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/

With a name like Orgasmic Birth (whoa!) you may be tempted to automatically dismiss this film. Give it a chance. It looks at birth in a similar way to The Business of Being Born, but tends to focus more on the positive emotional aspects of the experience rather than the “business” of it all.

Orgasmic Birth – http://www.orgasmicbirth.com/

Here are some recent studies concerning the safety of homebirth:

British Medical Journal – http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416

BJOG An Internation Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02175.x/abstract

And finally, an excellent blog post about the controversy over recent homebirth studies:

Science & Sensibility – Planned homebirth and neonatal death: Who do we believe? http://www.scienceandsensibility.org/?p=1422

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