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Is homebirth "safer" then a hospital?
December 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM


In another group there is a thread saying that homebirth is "safer" than birthing in a hospital. This seems insane to me, while a homebirth is safe I don't see how anyone could consider it "safer" So is a homebirth safer than a hospital?
  • Only group members can vote in this poll.
  1. 42% - yes
  2. 57% - no

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  • numonestunar
    December 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM
    Idk. Probably depends on the mom. A high risk pregnancy? No. Your normal pregnancy? Sure. For me, I wouldn't chance it. I'm more comfortable in a hospital with minimal interventions. :)
  • mylovey
    by mylovey
    December 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    It is safer in some areas. You have a lesser risk of infection at home. You are less likely to receive unneeded interventions.

  • TheMrs407
    December 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    In my case it would not have been. My mom and my dd both had complications. If it were not for hospitals I probably wouldn't have either in my life.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    December 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    For women who are not high risk, yes, it is more safe.

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    December 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    I would not give birth at home.
  • UgtaBkdnMe
    December 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    But why? Why would it be safer to deliver at home, assuming everything is fine and goes perfectly it still seems logical to me to be in a hospital.

    Quoting Anonymous:

    For women who are not high risk, yes, it is more safe.


  • ButterMeUp
    December 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    I don't think it is. I would want to be at or very close to a hospital just as a safety net. my best friend gave birth to my god DD in a water birthing "center". It was on the 3rd floor of a hospital. She had complications after she gave birth. Thankfully she was in a hospital more than capable of saving her life.
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    December 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    It is safer to deliver at home for several reasons, for women who are not high risk. Women labor more easily in an environment they are more comfortable with.

    In the home there are fewer, if any vaginal exams, reducing the chance for infection.

    Women who choose home birth are less likely to induce, reducing the chance that their baby will be premature.

    A woman who labors at home is less likely to labor on her back, which is a horrible and unnatural position for birthing and which is for the doctor's sake, not for the woman's.

    There are super bugs in hospitals and tons of other illnesses (that's what hospitals are for) in hospitals that baby and mother could get exposed to.

    A mother is less likely to receive an unnecessary c-section when laboring at home.

    Those are just a few of the reasons home birth is safer for the average woman than hospital birth.

  • catrig
    by catrig
    December 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Sometimes.    You need an other option.

  • UgtaBkdnMe
    December 29, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I agree with you. I'm delivering next month in a hospital, but I also have a midwife. THey have lactation consultants and have went over every inch of my birthplan with me. 

    No one can predict is there will be a complication I would rather be in the hospital than a 20 minute drive away.

    Quoting ButterMeUp:

    I don't think it is. I would want to be at or very close to a hospital just as a safety net. my best friend gave birth to my god DD in a water birthing "center". It was on the 3rd floor of a hospital. She had complications after she gave birth. Thankfully she was in a hospital more than capable of saving her life.


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