It is important to choose a provider who understands risk factors and accepts low risk clients and declines clients for whom home birth would not be in their best interest.  Currently Georgia has not made provision for licensure of CPMs.  (We are working to make that happen!) The CPM is a national certification which IS licensed in 37 states and expects high standards, however without licensure, individuals are free to choose their own practice guidelines.  Our state organization has practice guidelines which are meant to help ensure every midwife is practicing within standard acceptable boundaries.    Those who participate in our state organization accept those boundaries in order to be a part of the state organization and to practice safely.  Choose wisely and be well informed. 

There are many studies on the safety of homebirth with a skilled attendant:

PubMed article

BMJ article

Most recent MANA stats

Citizens for Midwifery Fact Sheet

Best Practice Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital

NARM’s statement on state licensure

The World Health Organization says:

It has never been scientifically proven that the hospital is a safer place than home for a woman who has had an uncomplicated pregnancy to have her baby. Studies of planned home births in developed countries with women who have had uncomplicated pregnancies have shown sickness and death rates for mother and baby equal to or better than hospital birth statistics for women with uncomplicated pregnancies.”

Many women view birth as a natural and not a medical event. They would like to have more control over their environment and to labor and birth in the comfort of their own surroundings.

It is perfectly reasonable to consider a homebirth if you are a low-risk expectant mother.

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