People really thought that the world was flat.
It seemed like it was flat. But it wasn’t. How do you suppose you felt the day that someone pulled the wool off and told you that the world was round? Skeptical? Foolish? Angry? Yeah – people were burned at the stake for telling the honest truth.
What I have to tell you today is proven by science, just like the fact that the world is round. And most of you are still going to walk away thinking that it’s not true. But here goes.
It is safer to have your baby at home than it is in the hospital, and more fun. Every single study on low-risk deliveries at home and at the hospital shows this. Yet, for some reason, 99% of Americans feel safer at the hospital.
Now why am I compelled to share this with you?
For one, I want the truth to be known. No woman or couple should choose the hospital out of fear. Since the world is round, I mean – since homebirth is safer than hospital birth, it should be the other way around. Although it would also be nice is we chose out of love and not out of fear…
How often in your life do you train for a marathon and run it? How many times do we summit Mount Everest? How many times do we enter our darkest hour, then emerge victorious in the light? How many times, ladies, do we get to give birth? How many times do we get to connect with the lineage of our mothers on a primal level?
Go to Youtube, watch some home births, spread the word.
The world is round.
STATS and Facts
- Homebirth is statistically safer than hospital birth for both mother and child, yet less than 1% of American babies are born at home.
- In the five European countries with the lowest infant mortality rates, midwives preside at more than 70% of all births. More than half of all Dutch babies are born at home with midwives in attendance, and Holland’s maternal and infant mortality rates are significantly lower than in the US. (Holland – 4.73 deaths per 1000 live births, USA – 6.26)[i]
- In a six year study done by the Texas Department of Health, it was found that midwife attended birth has about 1/3 the infant mortality rate of physician attended birth.[ii]
- Maternal Mortality is low in the US. 8 in 100,000 women in the U.S. die due to complications from pregnancy.
Planned Homebirth Hospital Birth
Induction of Labor 2.1% 21%
Electronic Fetal Monitoring 9.6% 84.3%
Episiotomy 2.1% 33%
Vacuum extraction 0.6% 5.5%
Cesarean Section 3.7% 30.4%
- It’s the most common major operation performed in the U.S.
- 16 US hospitals have cesarean section rates of 45% or higher.
- 1/3 of women who deliver in the hospital will be given a C-section.
- About half of the C-sections done in America in 1994 were unnecessary, costing Americans $1.3 billion annually.
- The World Health Organization states that there is no justification for having a cesarean section rate higher than 15%.
- The risk of maternal death associated with C-section is five to seven times that associated with vaginal births.
When large studies done in Colorado, Utah, and New York are extrapolated to the over 33.6 million admissions to U.S. hospitals in 1997, the results of the study in Colorado and Utah imply that at least 44,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors. The results of the New York Study suggest the number may be as high as 98,000. Even when using the lower estimate, deaths due to medical errors exceed the number attributable to the 8th-leading cause of death. More people die in a given year as a result of medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516).[iv]
Go to Youtube, watch some homebirths, spread the word.
[i] Central Intelligence Agency – The World Fact Book, 2009, CIA https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html (accessed June 2, 2009).
[ii] [ii]Texas Lay midwifery Program, Six Year Report, 1983- 1989, Bernstein & Bryant, Appendix Vlllf, Texas Department of Health, 1100 West 49th St., Austin, TX 78756-3199.
[iii] Citizens for Midwifery, 2005, Planned Homebirths are Safe.
[iv] Linda T. Kohn, Janet M. Corrigan, and Molla S. Donaldson, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. (The National Academies Press, 2000),1. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=9728&page=1 (accessed Sept. 17,2008).