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Summit Maternity Care Center
Home Birth

The percentage of home births for all U.S. women increased between 2020 and 2021 for most months, peaking in January 2021 at 1.51%. Women who have a planned home birth typically have higher rates of satisfaction.

We believe that pregnancy and birth should occur in a space where you feel comfortable and safe. Each appointment is designed to connect you and your midwife. Helping your midwife to get to know you and your family. We provide eduction and support that outlines the choices you have in your care.

Home birth

Home Birth

Studies show that patient satisfaction is higher and reports of disrespectful care are lower among home births than among hospital births.  Home birth provides mental and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Dignity in the childbirth process, bodily autonomy, maternal agency, respectful care, and empowerment are the foundations of the home birth process. 

 

Home birth is a safe out of hospital birthing option. Accord to the Lancet study outcomes among low risk women who had a planned home birth were less likely to experience any intrapartum interventions.

 

Women who choose out of hospital birth in the state of Florida are provided risk screening throughout their pregnancy to determine low risk. Women who deliver in home have low risk births, less intrapartum complications, and better postpartum outcomes

Benefit to Home Birth

Studies show that home birth is a safe option for people at low-risk for birth complications and have better outcomes at home verses hospital birth.

Home Births:

  • reduced rates of medical intervention

  • lower rates in induction

  • lower rates in augmentation of labor

  • lower rates of intervention-related maternal morbidity

  • lower rates of postpartum hemorrhage

  • lower rates of tearing

  • decreased rates of cesarean birth

  • decreased rates of instrumental assisted vaginal birth

Home Births:

  • increased rates in initiation of breastfeeding

  • increased rates of continuation of breastfeeding

  • increased family bonding with baby

  • better mental health outcomes, decreased rate of postpartum depression

Home Birth Transfers

According to several studies on homebirth, studies show no significant differences in intrapartum or neonatal mortality rates for planned home versus planned hospital births 

 

Developing a plan for emergency increases safety for our families. Florida state law requires all home birth families to be within 30 minutes of a hospital with an obstetrical unit. In an emergency, emergency transfer can be accomplished via ambulance in the rare circumstance that it is necessary. Most transfers to the hospital are non-emergent and can be accomplished private car. 

According to a study on transfer to hospital in a planned homebirth, transfers occur:

 

In Labor:

  • Most common reason for in-labor transfers were done for non-emergency reasons, such as prolonged labor 5.1%-9.8%.

  • Tranfer for fetal distress 1.0-3.6%

Postpartum:

  • A very small percentage of women and infants transferred after birth for emergency reasons. Emergency transfers varied from 0% to 5.4%.

  • Most common reasons for postpartum and newborn emergency transfers were postpartum hemorrhage 0 - 0.2%. 

  • Most common reason for newborn transfer: respiratory issues 0.3% - 1.4%

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