March 24, 2019

This was originally an assignment in a midwifery course. I've shared my thoughts here in hopes it helps other birth workers serve all birthing people with dignity and thoughtfulness. To read the original format of the assignment and/or references, click here.

           With fewer than 1% of all U.S. births occurring at home, it is fair to say that home birth is a rare occurrence. However, home birth rates have been on the rise across the nation since the mid-2000s, indicating a trend for out-of-hospital birth experiences (Cheyney et al., 2014). In recent years, domestic and international research on the safety of home birth has gained in both quantity and quality; this provides an opportunity for pinpointing ideal candidates as well as the specific factors that make home birth safe. Thus far, researchers have identified home birth as a safe option for low-risk birthers seeking normal physiologic birth under the care of professionally competent providers who emp...

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