Tag: home birth

Further confirmation of home birth safety

A systematic review and meta-analysis has further confirmed the safety of home birth for healthy women, even if they are having their first baby. After comparing data from births planned at home birth, in birth centres and in hospital, researchers…

The birth of a midwife?

About sixteen years ago, I attended my friend Megan’s home birth in what was at the time a new role for me; as the support person for her 3 year old daughter Eleanor. Eleanor and I had a marvellous time;…

The wisdom of storks

The stork is well loved as an image associated with birth and midwives; a good number of midwifery practices in the English-speaking world feature the word in their name, and images of the birds often appear on logos and web…

Freedom … is much too precious

“The freedom to have a homebirth – whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever your situation – is much too precious to give up as if it were nothing.” – Ina May Gaskin   Gaskin IM (2017). Choosing freedom…

Pondering Domesticity…

My grandmother gave birth to all of her babies at home. There were simply no other options (Lee and Wickham 2000). But by the time her daughters were ready to birth, just a couple of decades later, they were offered…

“Get those consumers out of the bushes”

When midwife Susanne Houd was interviewed about the history of home birth in Denmark, she shared her thoughts on how to bring about change.. “The consumers need to get together and get visible. That is really the number one thing.…