Home birth was the only option for women 100 years ago. As hospitals and medical care evolved, so did the use of hospitals for labor and delivery. Today, however, there is a trend for some women to give birth at home, with the help of a midwife. Some wonder whether this is a safe option and one that should be given serious consideration. It is important to note that even though a woman wants to have a home birth, she should continue to receive standard prenatal care through a doctor.
Those Who Should Give Birth in a Hospital
There are some conditions and situations where hospital birth is preferable and indeed safer than giving birth at home. It is important to determine whether you may be at higher risk for a difficult delivery before making the decision as to where to give birth. Those with diabetes, preeclampsia, or have other medical conditions should consider hospital birth. Also, those who have a large baby could be considered at higher risk for complications during birth. Sometimes these situations require immediate advanced care which may include a cesarean section rather than a vaginal birth.