Soulard Santé – Is giving birth at home really as safe as we think?

Soulard Santé – Is giving birth at home really as safe as we think?

Is giving birth at home really as safe as we think?

The results are in, and according the a study published in September of 2009 by the Canadian Medical Association, homebirths are a valid alternative to hospital births.

This is an important study for all women giving birth in the twenty-first century, and their care-providers.  Results show that giving birth outside of hospitals, and therefore without immediate access to medical technology, is not dangerous, as we are often lead to believe. These mothers and babies enjoyed excellent outcomes. They had low rates of mortality around the time of birth, and also were spared the effects of unnecessary medical intervention.

Studies of planned home births attended by registered midwives have been limited by incomplete data, nonrepresentative sampling, inadequate statistical power and the inability to exclude unplanned home births. The following study compared the outcomes of planned home births attended by midwives with those of planned hospital births attended by midwives or physicians.

The study included the following groups:

-2889 planned home births attended by registered midwives from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 31, 2004, in British Columbia, Canada.

-4752 planned hospital births meeting the eligibility requirements for home birth that were attended by the same cohort of midwives.
-5331 physician-attended planned hospital births.

The primary outcome measure was perinatal mortality; secondary outcomes were obstetric interventions and adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.

Giving birth at home helped these mothers to feel private, safe and undisturbed. These are the conditions that all mammals need for an easy and successful birth. Feeling private and emotionally safe allows the mothers birth hormones to flow most effectively, which makes birth as efficient and safe as possible for mother and baby.

We hope this study encourages both mothers-to-be and their care providers to realise that low-technology and out-of-hospital options can be safe for mothers and babies.


This article was submitted by Dr Geoffrey Tickel from Soulard Santé.

Biography of Dr. Geoffrey Tickel
Having a driven personality, Dr. Geoffrey Tickel suprised no one when he was accepted into the University of Cincinnati at the age of 14.  “When I was still very young, I realized that my purpose in life was to help others improve their level of health.  Realizing that this would take at least 7 years of university level studies to become a doctor, I decided to get a head start.” This driving purpose to help others continued to push Dr. Geoffrey through his studies, until he graduated at the top of his class from Life University, the largest chiropractic college in the world situated near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

As a Health Care professional, Dr. Geoffrey brings a new approach to the concept of health care.  Dr. Geoffrey sees himself foremost as a teacher, “People do not realize how powerful their bodies are, and how important the nervous system is to its proper functioning.”  In the last 30 years, science has been discovering just how important the nervous system is.  It controls all other system of the body including, the immune system, the endocrine system, the musclular system, the digestive system, everything.  “By improving nervous system functioning, we are changing physiology, and people are responding.”

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