“The first intervention in birth that a healthy woman takes is when she walks out of her home in labor”
~Micheal Rosenthal OB/GYN
The midwife and her assistant will arrive when you are ready, helping to facilitate a calm, safe birth atmosphere. After birth we stay with you for at least two hours, longer if needed. We encourage early breastfeeding and bonding between family members. We help you up to the bathroom and ensure you eat a good meal. We give the baby a general exam, empty the birth tub, put a load of laundry in the wash, and do a general clean up of your home. Before leaving we review postpartum information and ensure your needs are met. We return to your home within 48 hours to check on you and your baby. Then again at 2 weeks and 6 weeks, with encouraged contact between clients and the midwife in between appointments.
In 2014 the Midwives Alliance of North America published the largest study of home birth ever done in the United States. According to this study:
- Over 93% of women had a normal, physiologic birth
- 87% of women attempting a VBAC were successful
- 5% of women planning a home birth transferred for a C-section
- of the 10.9% of women who transfer to the hospital from home, the majority do so for non-emergent reasons
Read more about this study here
We encourage you to research home birth and bring your questions to discuss with the midwife.