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It's medically sound:
Landmark Study Reports Planned Home Births Are Safe “Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America.” Kenneth C Johnson, senior epidemiologist, Betty-Anne Davis, project manager. BMJ 2005;330:1416 (18 June)
For a summary of the article, go here: http://www.cfmidwifery.org/pdf/CPM2000.pdf
To read the full text, go here: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416
The following quotes and photos are a collage designed to express why women choose to birth their babies at home. Quotes are independent of photos and don't necessarily correspond with the people pictured.
"I was one of those first-time moms whose labor went on for days and pushing stage went on for hours. I remember lying sideways in my bath, feeling very discouraged after laboring through the night and not getting anywhere. My midwife looked me in the eyes and said...your body is not a machine that must produce within a certain amount of time. I believe you are going to have a beautiful birth in your own time...and she was right. I know that, had I been in the hospital, my precious one would have been delivered instrumentally or via Cesarean section. Instead, a peaceful baby and a powerful mother were born in my living room...no intervention, no time constraints, just love, trust, and incredibly hard work."
"In the hospital, our first two daughters were whisked away seconds after they were born to be washed and weighed. Our midwife placed our daughter on my wife's chest, where she stayed for awhile, perfectly pink and clean. The rest could wait."
"My last doctor's appointment was the straw that broke the camel's back. It only took a moment of the doctor's time, and my questions weren't answered. We made the decision for homebirth the same night we met our midwife."
"More babies prefer home birth."
A Few Home Birth Truths