Is homebirth safe?

Many medical studies have determined that for healthy women with low risk pregnancies homebirth is as safe as hospital birth under appropriate professional care. If you are interested in delivering in an out of hospital setting your midwife will initiate an ongoing discussion regarding the suitability of this option for your pregnancy as well as benefits and risks involved in homebirth. Midwives are trained to identify pending obstetric emergencies and manage them in emergent situations. They carry the medications (no narcotic medication), and equipment necessary for responding to emergencies and will request immediate medical transport in the case of an emergency.