"Women should give birth at home"

 

from bringbirthhome.com

 

That’s right, read that header again. A panel of health experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) submitted a report* that calls for the UK’s National Health Service to provide more midwife-led units and for doctors to visit women so they can give birth outside of the hospital.

Too many women give birth in the hospitals, British experts say. Less than 10% of women in the UK currently give birth at home or at midwife-led units. The RCOG president stated that the maternity system in hospitals was “not acceptable, nor sustainable.”

There is a perception among patients that they still see the hospital birth as the safer option… The use of some of these midwife-led units is not as great as it should be … these places are very safe and appropriate to have babies.

The Department of Health is considering these recommendations.

*From an article published July 14, 2011, in the Australian Herald Sun: Women should give birth at home, British experts say.

FYI–the RCOG is similar to our ACOG (the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists).

~thank you to my friend Kristin for sending me this article! <3 you!

5 comments to "Women should give birth at home"

  • Katharine Neill

    Love this! Women SHOULD give birth at home :-)!

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  • I wish things were more like this in the US. I feel like there just isn’t enough information given out readily!

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  • What an interesting publication! To have a professional say something so opposite of public opinion is refreshing. The lack of support in this direction in the US is astounding. From what I understand, most insurance companies won’t even cover a lot of at home options. And OB’s are venomously against it too (understandable since they lose out on the payout of birth, even if they get all the appointments prior to labor..)

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    babydickey Reply:

    It is refreshing. And actually, a lot of insurance companies will cover homebirth… but typically if you call and ask, they just say NO right off the bat because they probably have no idea and people probably don’t often ask. But if you ask them to show you where in their policy it states that? They won’t be able to. I have BCBS and it’s covered.

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  • swennam

    The standards for midwives are higher in the UK, though. The US sadly has low standards for CPM’s. For instance, that means you can end up with someone with great experience and education or someone who has been apprenticed and knows who knows what.

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