About Homebirth

The decision to birth at home is a matter of choice. Parents-to-be look at the options available to them and for some, the possibility of welcoming their baby into the world in their own home seems most appealing. In Colorado, parents have the option of hiring a Registered Midwife to provide prenatal care to the mother, attend the birth, and oversee the health of the mother and baby for 6 weeks postpartum. Registered Midwives in Colorado:

  • Monitor the physical, psychological and social well being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Provide the mother with individualized education, counseling and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and extensive postpartum support
  • Minimize technological interventions
  • Identify and refer women who require obstetrical attention

Some positive aspects of homebirth midwifery care include:

  • Informed choice
  • Parents experience a strong sense of involvement in their care
  • Freedom of movement—mom chooses positions for labor and birth
  • Low Cesarean section rate
  • Very low episiotomy rate
  • Strong support for breastfeeding
  • Waterbirth option
  • Referal to appropriate medical care when needed

Some well-executed, reliable studies about homebirth published in reputable journals: Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009

Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America

New figures from the Netherlands on the safety of home birth