Is homebirth safe?

We all want a safe outcome for mother and child. This is the number one goal. Midwives are licensed by the state of Wisconsin. This means that the process of their training has been legally determined to make them qualified professionals to attend homebirths in a safe and professional manner.

Midwives are trained to first carefully screen clients to determine if they are good candidates for home birth. The majority of low risk mothers have uncomplicated births with no need for interventions. Midwives are trained to assess the well being of the mother and baby during labor and delivery. They are trained in normal birth and how to manage complications. They are certified in neonatal resuscitation, if the baby needs assistance with breathing at birth. Midwives carry the needed tools and medications to take care of most complications at home. In most cases, if there is a need for hospital care it is not an urgent race to the hospital. Usually a drive to the hospital to get the assistance needed is the proper procedure. Working with an OB in the pregnancy can be helpful to create a smooth transition into a hospital setting, if needed.

Licensed midwives have extensive training in order to receive their credentials. Most midwives train under an apprenticeship or go to an accredited midwifery school. They are then required to attend a preset number of prenatal visits, births, etc. as an assistant and also a specific number of births as the primary midwife. At the conclusion of their training, midwives then need to pass a skills and written exam with the North American Registry of Midwives. Once the status of Certified Professional Midwife is achieved, then a license from the state of Wisconsin is granted to the midwife.

For statistics on the safety of homebirth, there is a study in the British Medical Journal that compares hospital vs homebirth with a Certified Professional Midwife.