Mama Moon Childbirth Services

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Homebirth: A Safe, Affordable & Legal Option

" ...Since home birth and direct entry midwifery are perfectly safe options, (a majority of) State legislatures have concluded that it is the right of each woman and her family to choose such options. State laws must guarantee families the freedom to choose home birth by recognizing the type of midwifery which focuses principally on out-of-hospital birth, direct entry midwifery."
    "State legislatures are also concerned with guaranteeing an open marketplace and fair competition, including in health care services. To exclude direct entry midwives from practice is to allow a scientifically unjustified monopoly of doctors and nurse midwives... "
-Marsden Wagner, to the Va.JCHC, 1998

Homebirth is a decision to take ultimate responsibility for your birthing experience.  Most women who choose to birth at home have a strong conviction that birth is a natural process and not a disease.  Women’s religious beliefs and cultural practices surrounding birth are honored and respected in a homebirth setting.

 

When you birth comfortable.  By taking responsibility for your birth, by meeting the challenges of labor on your own terms, you are empowered.  The accomplishment is yours and no one else’s.

 

In a homebirth, your baby is handed to you immediately.  You can put your baby to your breast and breastfeed right away or just stare into your baby’s eyes.  Those first minutes of bonding are incredibly important in cementing the relationship between infant and mother.  This loving gift to your child can set the tone for the rest of your lives together.

What About Safety?

in your own home, you are in charge. You don’t need to ask permission to eat, to get up and walk around, to shower or bathe, or to go to the bathroom.  You decide who will be there with you.  You can birth in whatever position you feel most

 

 

Citizens for Midwifery - FACT SHEET - The Safety of Homebirth

From a World Health Organization (WHO) report - subsection on Place of Birth:
 

    It has nev been scientifically that the hospital is a safer place than home for a woman who has had an uncomplicated pregnancy to have her baby. Studies of planned home births in developed countries with women who have had uncomplicated pregnancies have shown sickness and death rates for mother and baby equal to or better than hospital birth statistics for women with uncomplicated  pregnancies.    
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      1. The British Journal of Medicine has recently published an article on the MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America) statistics for planned homebirths attended by Certified Professional midwives.  This was a prospective study, which is important because it means that the clients are registered for the statistics project before they birth and then the data for the birth must be entered within a certain time frame after the birth.  In other words, all births must be entered, not just the ones with good outcomes. The Conclusions: "Planned home birth for low risk women in North America using certified professional midwives was associated with lower rates of medical intervention but similar intrapartum and neonatal mortality to that of low risk hospital births in the United States."
      To read the full article, follow the link to http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/330/7505/1416?ehom
      Eighty to ninety percent of all pregnancies, labors, and births are normal.  Of that smcare and careful labor monitoring can predict the vast majority of complications and transport can be made to the hospital before an emergency occurs.  Midwives are well trained to respond to those few complications that happen at home.   There are unique risks to homebirth in that you are not just a few steps away from the operating room and a surgical delivery.  However, hospital births have their own set of risks.  Many of the routine procedures, drugs used, and limitations placed on women laboring in the hospital can have iatrogenic (caused by medical interventions) complications.  A seemingly innocuous intervention, for example pain relief, can have secondary effects that lead to further and further interventions. all percentage that fall outside the parameters of normal, good prenatal