Headlines are claiming homebirth is as dangerous as letting your child ride in the car without a seatbelt. But the authors use one of my pet peeves to make this claim... generalizing data to those it doesn't apply to.
Recently, data from the Netherlands have shown homebirth to be as safe or safer than hospital birth. However, a response to the article has suggested that the findings are misleading because of the maternal mortality factor. Let's take a look at that...
The problem is that the c-section has been seen as an equal alternative (or sometimes even better alternative) to vaginal birth for people with no medical reason to have a c-section. But there are repercussions to this for both the mother and child and it’s my hope to explore those herein.
Like it or not, pregnant women and the children they bear are the guinea pigs of medicine. For us and our children, it is safe until proven otherwise (despite how often that otherwise crops up) and yet our faith in the medical establishment as a whole keeps many people from speaking out.
What are the problems with homebirth according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists? The primary argument for years is that it’s somehow unsafe and that there hasn’t been enough research on it. They say homebirth is unsafe and ignore the evidence that suggests otherwise.