WHY HAVE A HOME BIRTHBenefits of Home Birth
- Easier to relax in the comfort of your own home
- Undivided attention by caregivers
- Family members or friends may be present if desired
- Laboring woman maintains control over everything impacting her labor and birth
- The woman is not only allowed, but encouraged to eat, drink, walk, change positions, make noise, shower, bathe, etc.
- You can labor and birth in whatever position is most comfortable to you
- Caregivers come to her, no worries about when to go to hospital
- Significantly reduced risk of cesarean section
WHY HAVE A HOME BIRTHHome Birth Safety
The World Health Organization has said that there is no proof that hospital births are safer than home births in the developed world. Most of the research on home births in the developed world has found that infant and maternal mortality rates are the same, if not better, than hospital rates. There is also significantly reduced chance of a woman having a cesarean, induced labor, or of the need for forceps or a vacuum.
A study done in Denmark in 1997 found that women who gave birth at home delivered babies in better condition with fewer problems; the women themselves experienced less stress and there were fewer medical interventions needed in home births compared with hospital births.
WHY HAVE A HOME BIRTH
Benefits to Baby
Benefits to Baby
- Bonding is enhanced
- Significantly higher rates of breastfeeding success
- No risk of baby mix-up
- Reduced chance of trauma due to vacuum or forceps delivery
- Newborn exam occurs on mother and baby’s time, not at hospital’s convenience
3-D Ultrasounds3D (three dimensional) ultrasound is a miracle of modern technology and can allow you to view an image of your baby while still inside.
Home Birth by an Obstetrician
It is important for you to recognize the inherent lack of guarantees in life and in birthing. Any birthing environment, whether at home, birth center or hospital presents a distinct set of risk factors. Nothing can guarantee a perfect birth outcome regardless of where it takes place. Despite all the best planning, preparation, good health and your strong desire for an out of hospital birth experience, not all births can occur safely there. Having said that, my staff and I want you to have a joyous outcome and are totally invested in helping you achieve a safe and nurturing birth.
Print Media News - A new and revealing book which I highly recommend by my friend Jennifer Margulis was just released on April 16th. "The Business of Baby" shares its insight into how parents should make decisions on this life changing subject. In the interest of full disclosure, I am biased as I am cited numerous times in the text. Check it out at amazon.com. I also had a letter to the editor of the American Journal of OB/Gyn (AJOG) accepted for publication. Despite being limited to 400 words I am glad to have the opportunity to respond to a recent opinion piece by an ACOG ethicist who is very anti-homebirth.
Simi Valley Story - Simi Valley is just one of many communities hostile to the legimate, evidenced based option of VBAC. Worse, some OBs often skew their counseling in an unethical manner. In her first pregnancy, this mom was told they "suspected" her 1st baby was too big. (If I had a nickel for every time I have heard that one). Not knowing any better, mom had a schedule c/section without labor. Her too big baby was 7 pounds, 12 ounces! No shame and no apology from her physician. I guess his intentions were good, or were they? Fast forward 2 years to pregnancy #2. More informed, she sought out VBAC options but nothing suitable in local hospitals. She sought care with me for a home VBAC. Again, trusting in the normalcy of labor she endured 4 days of prodromal contractions and finally got active. About 8 hours later she was holding little Esteban in her arms with dad and grandma and doula Jaci right beside her. She has my respect for her persistence and conviction. We both know that the best way to avoid a VBAC is to avoid the first c/section. She would like others to know this from her experience and challenge the often unethical status quo.
Dr. Stu on WSLR radio - What's up with the breech was the topic on live radio in Sarasota, Florida today. I was a guest along with 2 other practitioners experienced in breech delivery. Take a moment and listen in at: maternallyyoursradio.com Thanks
Twins in Santa Barbara - We want to celebrate the trust and joy of a fantastic couple who gave birth to twins last weekend at their home in Santa Barbara. Mom was born at home herself and gave birth to her first baby at home back east. Dad was on board from day one. After moving to Santa Barbara they became pregnant with twins and their desire to have a natural birth was not welcomed by the practitioners at Cottage hospital. Well aware of their options and the risks and benefits of both hospital and home birth they decided that their home was the best choice for them. We met and discussed the need to meet certain milestones and remain healthy. We were highly motivated and excited when labor started Sunday afternoon. Baby A came pretty quickly head first but baby B remained transverse and was delivered breech. What an amazing couple, fantastic birth team and unforgettable evening. Once again when choice is restricted despite supportive medical evidence women will seek out reasonable options and Birthing Instincts is honored to assist them in doing so.
Raining babies and good fortune! - Friday is here at the end of a very busy week. 3 beautiful and different out of hospital births and a wallet lost and then returned made for an exhausting yet rewarding experience. Honored to attend the water birth of a head down baby girl in Santa Monica on the same night as the arrival of baby Kenny frank breech at the Santa Clarita Birth Center. Then 2 days later another new client gave birth to her frank breech baby on all fours in Venice. One more breech out there in Burbank to go. I love that the word is getting around that for some families a vaginal breech birth is a safe and realistic option. I just hope there is enough of me to go around. Seems to be raining upside down babies lately. On a different but no less uplifting note was how my faith in mankind was renewed for the moment by a young man named Alberto. Leaving the Sanctuary on Wednesday to attend the birth in Venice I must have dropped my wallet while getting into my car on Inglewood Blvd. near Venice Blvd. I realized it was missing at 3:30AM on my way home. Searched high and low with no luck. While accepting the annoying fate ahead of me of replacing and notifying everything and everybody I was encouraged to say a prayer to St. Anthony by my dear friend Beth. Not 30 minutes later Alberto called my office to report he found my wallet. I met him near the Sanctuary Thursday afternoon where he returned it intact, cash and all, and refused a reward. I know he will be rewarded in so many other ways and his honesty inspires me to pay it forward. Thank you Alberto, Renee, Molly, Angela, Monica and Sheila for a most amazing week.