Home Birth or Hospital Birth?
My wife comes from a family history of natural births at home. She is one of six siblings in her family, all of which were born successfully at home. Her mother assisted in multiple successful home births as a doula. My wife’s grandmother was a midwife to 200+ successful home births in California, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. The licensed direct-entry midwife that helped my wife and I has helped with hundreds of successful home births. Our pregnancy, sadly, ended with a successful emergency C-section due to placenta abruptia, a complication that occurs 1 in every 150 deliveries (MedLine Plus, “Placenta abruptio). What are the risks and benefits of having a home birth compared to the risks and benefits of having a hospital birth? Can someone who wants a “home birth” setting experience that in the walls of the hospital where complications can be dealt with quickly?