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Home birth: Know the pros and cons

If you're considering a planned home birth, you probably have questions. Is it safe? Will you need a midwife or doula? How do you create a backup plan? Find out what's involved and how to decide if this birthing method is right for you.

What happens during a planned home birth?


If you're thinking about a planned home birth, make sure that you understand the potential risks and benefits. A planned home birth might be associated with fewer medical interventions, but in general, home births are associated with an increased risk of obstetric emergencies when compared with delivery in a medical facility.


Planned home births are associated with an increased risk of:

  • Needing labor induction
  • A delivery requiring the use of forceps or vacuum extraction
  • C-section
  • Severe bleeding requiring a blood transfusion
  • Severe vaginal lacerations

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