By now, you’ve probably heard about the alarming trend of women using home birth and other medical interventions to help their babies grow.
But the idea that the birth of babies is somehow bad for women’s health is as old as human civilization itself.
The idea that home birth is a bad thing was first put forth by the Victorian doctor and nurse Alice Miller.
Miller advocated home birth for women with small children, and for people who could not afford to have a c-section.
But home birth advocates have since made claims that the practice can be good for women and children alike.
“Home birth is safe, cost effective, and effective for women who have a low-risk pregnancy,” said one prominent home birth advocate, Susan Sontag, in a 2009 essay for The Atlantic.
Home birth advocates are also convinced that home births can be an excellent way to prevent miscarriages and stillbirths.
“The evidence is overwhelming that home-birth is the safest method of birth in the world,” wrote Sontages, a home birth proponent, in her book, The Power of Home Birth.
“In a study conducted in 2005, home birth had a 95 percent success rate and was 80 percent safer than c-sections.”
A 2007 study published in the journal Pediatrics found that homebirth was 100 percent more effective than a vaginal birth and 90 percent more safe than C-sections for preventing stillbirth.
Yet there is no clear evidence that home or vaginal birth is any safer than C or D-sections.
In fact, a recent meta-analysis of nearly 4,000 home birth trials concluded that the home birth method was associated with a 40 percent greater risk of maternal morbidity, mortality, and morbidity-adjusted life-years (PARLD) than C and D-section interventions.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, home births are the second-most commonly used method of childbirth in the U.S., behind C-section births.
There are two main reasons why home birth seems to be so safe for women.
One is that home childbirth is safe because the baby is born inside a womb.
The other is that the baby has the same nutritional needs as a woman who has a C- or D. Women who have C- and D babies, for example, require a large amount of vitamin D to develop.
A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a woman with a low vitamin D level had a 4 percent higher risk of a miscarriage and a 17 percent higher rate of a stillbirth than a woman in the general population.
“Studies show that women who are at high risk for miscarriage or stillbirth have a much higher risk for early death,” said Dr. Susanne Palfrei, a cardiologist who practices at the University of Washington and the medical director of the Cardiac Program at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Palfresi and other experts in maternal and fetal medicine say home birth provides a better chance of a baby’s survival than C, D, or vaginal delivery, and it is much more likely to reduce the risk of fetal death.
And, as a whole, homebirth is not associated with increased rates of birth defects or other serious health problems for women or their babies.
Home births are also more likely than C to produce a healthy baby.
According the National Center for Health Statistics, home-born babies have a more than 70 percent lower risk of death compared to those born vaginally.
Homebirth has also been linked to lower rates of asthma, depression, hypertension, high cholesterol, and certain cancers.
Home Birth is Safe, Cost Effective, and Effective For Women With Small Children, Home Birth Is Safe, Healthier Than C-Cuts At a glance, home delivery seems to offer the best of both worlds.
Home delivery can be a safer way of birth for many women, but the practice is also associated with some of the same risks and concerns that vaginal birth or C-cuts have.
Women can expect home birth to have lower rates and higher rates of complications, but home birth also has lower rates than C. Home deliveries also can be less convenient and expensive than Cuts, which can be time-consuming, expensive, and uncomfortable.
“Most of the time, it’s a little more difficult to schedule than C,” said Sontsag, the home-based home birth expert.
“I can say home delivery is a lot more convenient.”
While home birth has been associated with fewer complications, Sontis said it is still important to be cautious.
“We don’t want to start with the assumption that we can get all of these things done in one session,” she said.
“You want to do everything as efficiently as you can, and if you’re a patient and want to know how home birth goes, ask.”
Sonti said she has seen some women who were unable to schedule a home-by-council birth because of complications from their labor.
She added that