Q. Is homebirth safe?
A. "Women inquiring about planned home birth should be informed of its risks and benefits based on recent evidence. Specifically, they should be informed that although the absolute risk may be low, planned home birth is associated with a twofold to threefold increased risk of neonatal death when compared with planned hospital birth. Importantly, women should be informed that the appropriate selection of candidates for home birth; the availability of a certified nurse–midwife, certified midwife, or physician practicing within an integrated and regulated health system; ready access to consultation; and assurance of safe and timely transport to nearby hospitals are critical to reducing perinatal mortality rates and achieving favorable home birth outcomes."
Q. Are midwives safe?
A. No two midwives are the same, and the word "midwife" can mean many things. Like any profession, some midwives practice very safely, some simply do not. Deciphering the difference can be a difficult task, particulary once you step outside hospital walls. Please read, "How to find a safe midwife" to learn more.
Q. Are birth centers safe?
A. "Birth Center" can mean many things. Some birth centers are accredited, some are affiliated with hospitals, and some are "freestanding". Learn more about different types of birth centers . A hospital-affiliated birth center, with licensed, insured midwives is the safest birth center option available.
A. Yes, absolutely.
Q. Who is a good “candidate” for OOH birth?
A. We are so glad you asked. Not everyone is a good candidate for out-of-hospital birth. Good candidates should be considered low-risk as determined by routine prenatal assessments , and health history.
Q. How do I know if I am getting the care I should be getting? What “Red Flags” do I need to watch for?
A. Visit the "Issues" part of our website to learn about all the factors that impact care and safety. Pay particularly close attention to philosophy , language, and assessment  habits of your midwife.