There is a growing awareness of the benefits and safety of homebirth for low risk women. In fact Britain’s national health service recently advised healthy women that it was safer to have their babies at home than in a hospital. These guidelines were determined by the government after careful review of their recent research.
In this country, there are two highly credible prospective studies that support the safety of homebirth. They are published in the journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 2014,59(1) and The British Medical Journal 2005;330:1416(18 June).
The evidence revealed in this research is ~ women planning out of hospital births under the care of CPMs had substantially lower rates of intervention, including epidural, episiotomy, vacuum extraction, forceps-assisted delivery and cesarean sections.
Links to factsheets of these studies can be found here: