It's not my thing, but I do understand the appeal of home birth, and I get why my fellow Babble writers Monica and Serge Bielanko are excited to have their third baby at home with a midwife. And chances are, they'll have a safe and happy home birth.
As for me, I find hospitals and medical technology reassuring as opposed to invasive. Also, honestly, birth is a very, very messy process, and I have no interest in having that kind of Dirty Jobs-level mess happen in my home. But mostly, for me, it's all about having that medical team there. Right there.
My first babies were twins, delivered preterm via emergency Cesarean section and promptly whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They struggled to breathe. Their heart rates dropped. After that, high-risk or not, nothing less than a Level III NICU would do.
My third baby, a singleton, was born full-term in a midwife-assisted VBAC (vaginal birthRead More »from Study Shows Home Births Are 10 Times Riskier Than Hospital Births