AUG 08, 2019 8:22 PM PDT

No Increase In Risk For Home Births

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

Most babies in the United States are born in hospitals. That said, the number of mothers electing to give birth at home is on the rise. This trend likely stems from an emphasis on natural birth which is less likely to occur in hospitals. In hospitals, one in every three children is born by C-section. Additionally, other interventions, such as induction, are common in hospital settings.

Women who had intended to have a natural birth in a hospital sometimes report feeling coerced into these interventions. This leaves a growing number of women with low-risk pregnancies to choose home birth. 

Of those choosing to give birth at home, most are non-Hispanic white women. They are less likely than their hospital-choosing counterparts to be obese. They are also less likely to smoke, and more likely to have graduated from college. Additionally, many at-home births are paid for out-of-pocket compared to less than 5% of women who give birth in hospitals.

A new international study has recently shown that these births have no increased risk of neonatal or perinatal death when compared to low-risk births in hospitals. The study looked at data from nearly one million births from mothers in eight well-resourced countries. 

These births, having occurred since 1990, Took place in Sweden, New Zealand, England, Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Researchers found no clinically important difference and rest between low-risk home births and hospital groups.

This suggests that women choosing to give birth at home can likely do so safely. It also suggests that insurance coverage and other resources should extend to women seeking home births as they are equally safe and less costly to provide. 

Additionally, the reduced stress woman may experience giving birth in the comfort of her own home is likely to have positive outcomes for both mother and child.

When maternal deaths do occur in any setting they are most often the result of a cardiovascular event. These often include postpartum hemorrhage, high blood pressure, and eclampsia, or pulmonary embolism. 

Many women are fearful that a birth occurring at home may not have all the necessary life-saving equipment required in the case of an unplanned event. The above video takes a look at what a midwife packs in their birthing bag to bring along during home births. 


Sources: The LancetReuters Health

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
You May Also Like
JUL 29, 2019
Drug Discovery & Development
JUL 29, 2019
Medications Used for Atrial fibrillation May Increase Falls
Falls among older adults are a growing health concern that often lead to injury, hospitalization, and other severe complications. Older adults are even at...
SEP 21, 2019
Cardiology
SEP 21, 2019
New Study Sheds Lights On Fat Formation
At normal levels, white fat tissue is known as the body's energy storage unit. When this type of tissue over accumulates, it begins to disrupt several ...
JAN 04, 2020
Cardiology
JAN 04, 2020
New Protein Therapy Improves Heart Attack Survival Rates
Heart disease is the top killer in the Western world. This is partially because, if one manages to survive an initial heart attack, oftentimes the scar tis...
JAN 17, 2020
Cardiology
JAN 17, 2020
Toxic Metals and Cardiovascular Risk
A meta-analysis was recently published in the British Medical Journal to try and understand if there was a link between heart events and exposure to toxic ...
FEB 28, 2020
Cardiology
FEB 28, 2020
Diabetes and Heart Problems Linked to Worse Prognosis of COVID-19
According to most recent data on the COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, those suffering from heart conditions, diabetes and othe...
MAR 03, 2020
Cardiology
MAR 03, 2020
Irregular Sleep Patterns Double Heart Disease Risk
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have found that going to sleep at different times each night may double a person’s risk o...
Loading Comments...