Monday, September 14, 2009

Homebirth in the media

This TODAY Show report - portraying homebirth as a particularly risky option - is taking a lot of flack:

It doesn't address the sad reality that sometimes babies die, even in births at the hospital. There is no way to completely prevent infant mortality, but homebirths do result in fewer infant deaths than hospital births. Like the video points out, that is in part because homebirths are low-risk births. But all the more reason to choose homebirth if your pregnancy isn't high risk!

Here are two stories about homebirth on USA Today. These provide the positive coverage to balance out the negative stuff from the aforementioned video!

Study Shows Home Birth with Midwife as Safe as Hospital Birth
by Amanda Gardner

Home Births Get a Bump, Over Obstetricians' Objections
by Rita Rubin

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