Long before there were hospitals to transport in (and even long after hospitals started to spring up), women were having children at home — often in the same bed they themselves were born in.
But with the unhygienic circumstances and haphazard medical care that were the norm a couple hundred years ago, it was scarcely an ideal way to give birth. These days, 99 percent of offspring in the United States are born in hospitals or birthing centers. To get personal and professional midwifery care for women you can browse online.
But the natural birth group has become more and more popular recently, with a whole new kind of home birth seeing a bump in status over the past decade.
Modern home birth can be secure and successful, chiefly if moms-to-be have excellent carry and if they've equipped themselves methodically with childbirth education classes.
In fact, midwives say that a planned home birth for low-risk women with adequate prenatal care and a capable attendant is as secure as a hospital birth.
For hopeful mamas who are wary of hospital protocols and workers, it’s easy to see the appeal: No place beats home for a comfortable, cozy and peaceful delivery, with your baby’s arrival heralded by family member and friends who might not be permissible in a hospital delivery room.
The topic of home birth can be polarizing. On the one hand, some professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), are cautious about recommending it.