Staying Home to Give Birth: Why Women in the United States Choose Home Birth

Debora Boucher, CNM; Catherine Bennett, RNC, BSN; Barbara McFarlin, CNM, PhD, RDMS; Rixa Freeze, PhD, MA


J Midwifery Womens Health. 2009;54(2):119-126. 

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The women in our study have provided thoughtful insight into the very personal reasons why they planned to deliver their children at home. Their survey responses illustrate that they do care about safety, that they desire a natural birth experience without medical interventions, and that they wish to feel that they are in control of their birth. Women in our study trusted the inherent abilities of their bodies to give birth without interference, in the environment of their own conception. According to our respondents, there is no place like home for a safe, comfortable, peaceful, relaxing birth.


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