Is a Planned Home Birth Safe?

A planned home birth ia a delivery that takes place at home or in a residence rather than in a hospital or a birth center. While some may think it's a nice idea, it is not safe for the newborn. ... read more »

Doulas and Midwives

Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. ... read more »

Labor and Delivery: Natural Delivery

Natural birthing techniques are non-invasive procedures that help women accept pain while in labor. ... read more »

Home Birth Petition for Safe Deliveries

Anyone who has looked into state midwifery laws in the U.S. has come to the same alarming conclusion: in many states, homebirth midwives are virtually unregulated. ... read more »

If I'd Had a Home Birth

I sometimes wonder what my feelings about home birth would be now if we would have gone through with our home birth plans. ... read more »

Safer Home Birth Requires Educated, Regulated Midwives

Some out-of-hospital birth scenarios are higher risk than others, as is shown in the chart below. The Risk Ratio (RR) is calculated from neonatal mortality rates (NNM) with respect to hospital midwives (RR=1). ... read more »

Maryland and North Carolina May Legalize Dangerous Midwives

The midwifery bills under consideration in Maryland and North Carolina would make it legal for direct-entry midwives to attend homebirths. ... read more »

Will My Midwife Be Disappointed if I Need a C-Section?

I’m so sorry about the way your midwife has failed to stay connected with you! I am sure that hurts right now when you need support the most. I hope that I can help you understand that you should not take this personally. ... read more »

How To Naturally Treat Swelling and Protein in Urine

Dear Honest Midwife, I'm at 33 weeks with my first baby and planning a home birth. Lately I've been having serious swelling. My midwife checked my urine and says I'm spilling protein. She put me on a high protein diet and told me to take alfalfa tablets. ... read more »

Giving Birth

It's an amazing experience to bring a baby into the world, so it's normal for pregnant women to look forward to giving birth.  ... read more »

A very intense out-of-hospital birth story

During one of my checks I noticed that her baby’s heartbeat was only in the 90s when it should have been between 120-160. I went to tell the midwife, who came in and listened as well. ... read more »

Another Home VBAC Death

I’ve recently learned of yet another baby dying during a home birth. This was a planned, midwife-attended home VBAC (also known as HBAC, home birth after cesarean). ... read more »

Australian College Of ObGyn (RANZOG) Is Against Homebirth

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), which considers itself an authority on childbirth safety, recently came out with a statement on homebirth. ... read more »

5 Minutes to the Hospital

Let’s be clear: "5 minutes to the hospital" does not exist. Even if a woman actually does live within a couple miles of a hospital, there’s more to it than that. ... read more »

HBAC: Home Birth After Cesarean

A topic I see discussed online quite a lot is that of HBAC, which stands for home birth after cesarean... ... read more »