Learn what current research shows about the safety of home birth:

Research trials and summaries:

  • An annotated guide to the literature (University of British Columbia, 2013)  
  • MANA Statistics study of U.S. planned home births from 2004 to 2009 (Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 2014)  
  • Systematic review on the safety of planned home birth (International Journal of Women’s Health, 2015)  
  • Outcomes of birth center birth & midwifery care for childbearing Medicaid beneficiaries between 2012 and 2014 (Birth, 2017)
  • Midwives’ Association of Washington State (MAWS): Guide to the Literature 

Guidelines and Position Statements:

  • Clinical Guideline: Intrapartum care for healthy women and babies (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2014)  

Excerpt: “Explain to both multiparous and nulliparous women who are at low risk of complications that giving birth is generally very safe for both the woman and her baby. Explain to both multiparous and nulliparous women that they may choose any birth setting (home, freestanding midwifery unit, alongside midwifery unit or obstetric unit), and support them in their choice of setting wherever they choose to give birth” (p.5)

  • Midwives’ Association of Washington State (MAWS) Position Statement: Planned Births at Home and in Freestanding Birth Centers 
  • Canadian Association of Midwives: Home Birth Position Statement 
  • New Zealand College of Midwives: Home Birth Position Statement 
  • International Confederation of Midwives: Home Birth Position Statement 

News and Editorials:

  • Safe for whom? Understanding how risk factors impact birth safety at home and birth centers (Jeannette McCulloch, 2017 – Momsrising.org)  
  • What is Home Birth? (Evidence-Based Birth, 2012)