Homebirth is important because...
~ The countries with the lowest mortality and morbidity rates are those
countries where midwifery is an integral part of maternity care and where
homebirth is commonly practiced.
~Worldwide, midwives attend 80% of all births, compared to 5% in the US.
~22 countries where out of
hospital birth and midwives are the norm and that have lower infant mortality rates than the US:
Japen, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong,
Netherlands, France, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Scotland,
Australia, Northern Ireland, Spain, England, and Wales, Belgium, Austria,
~The World Health Organization reccommends including the use of midwives as
autonomous health care providers.
HOME recognizes that homebirth is the historical root from which
midwifery has grown.
HOME supports the constitutional birth and privacy rights of all familiesand supports the freedom of birth choices.
HOME recognizes that pregnancy and birth should be respected and are natural, non-medical
events is the large majority of families
HOME supports the midwifery model of care
HOME supports the education of parents in regard to infomation of birth
and all its alternative choices so that they can make informed choices.
The Homebirth Choice
Homebirth in England
Last updated Friday, August 29, 1997