Home is historically THE normal place to give birth. While in the recent past it became more common to birth in hospitals, more and more families in Vancouver and across Canada are once again choosing to birth at home where outcomes and satisfaction with the experience tend to be better (sources). While I support families in a variety of… Read more →
I sometimes have clients say to me, “I understand that hospitals have higher rates of intervention, but I’m hiring you and a great midwife, so won’t that protect me? Aren’t I getting the best of both worlds that way?” No. No, no, no. NO! On the one hand, yes, hiring a midwife and a good doula who will help you… Read more →
Home birth really is the simplest way to have a baby. More and more women and families are turning away from the currently-standard hospital birth and back to having their babies at home the way we have for most of history, choosing to go to hospitals and obstetricians only if there is some specific medication needed or medical reason to… Read more →
Dear [partner, mother, father, sister, friend], I understand you have some concerns about my plans / wishes to plan a home birth, and have asked for some resources to educate yourself on the topic. You can find a LOT Of information about the research on home birth safety in the article “The Science Behind Home Birth Safety“. Reading the summary… Read more →
What birth settings offer the best safety, comfort, and birth experience for women? Why?
This Cafe will explore current evidence about home birth safety, potential advantages and disadvantages of home birth on individual and population levels, and barriers to and societal perceptions of home birth in Canada. The speakers will invite participants to examine the evidence, the politics, and public discourse surrounding birth place.
Dr. Patricia Janssen, Dr. Karen Buhler, Dr. Brenda Wagner and Saraswathi Vedam, RM discuss home birth and hospital birth. MUST-WATCH for anyone wanting to make an informed choice about birth location!
Home Birth Understood: Tales and Truths:
Absolute Risks of Home Birth?:
Home Birth Controversy:
Family Physicians and Home Birth:
Environment and Labour/Delivery: