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Click the link below for a great pdf document on all the things new parents can do after they have the baby. And check out our info sheet on How to Pay for Your Homebirth.
Saturday, October 12, 2013, NOON to 3 pm.
Photo at 1:30 pm...be on next year's postcard!
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Research & More Information
Planned Home Births Are Safe
The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal in 2005, has found that planned homebirth is safe for-low risk women and their babies, and planned homebirth involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals. See statistics here.
Research findings include:
Lower rates of medical intervention, less need for inductions.
Reduced rate of cesarean sections: 3.7% compared to 28-30% or more.
Higher rates of mothers satisfied with their births.
Birth Network is Santa Cruz County's one-stop resource for "mother friendly" birth practitioners of all stripes. Find a massage therapist, prenatal yoga class, midwife, doula, compostable diapers, or childbirth education class here.
The information on this entire site is wonderful, so check it out. In particular, look at the "Research/Studies" near the bottom of the Resources page.
Christiane Northrup, OB/GYN, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, wrote an article in October 2009 on the sad state of birth in the United States for the Huffington Post. Read it HERE.
Interpretation: Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.
This website provides research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).