NHS Choices provide a useful list of advantages to having Home Birth on their website (see below).
The advantages of giving birth at home include:
- being in familiar surroundings where you may feel more relaxed and able to cope
- you don’t have to interrupt your labour to go into hospital
- you will not need to leave your other children, if you have any
- you will not have to be separated from your partner after the birth
- you are more likely to be looked after by a midwife you have got to know during your pregnancy
- you are less likely to have intervention such as forceps or ventouse than women giving birth in hospital
“For women having their second or subsequent baby, a planned home birth is as safe as having your baby in hospital or a midwife-led unit. However, for women having their first baby, home birth slightly increases the risk of a poor outcome for the baby (from five in 1,000 for a hospital birth to nine in 1,000 – almost 1% – for a home birth).”
The Office for National Statisitcs have released the statistics for home births in 2016.
“In 2016, women aged 35 to 39 were most likely to give birth at home (2.9%), whilst women aged under 20 were least likely (1.0%). Over the last decade, women aged 30 and over have recorded the largest decreases in the percentage of women giving birth at home (Figure 2). Among the under-twenties, the percentage of women giving birth at home in 2016 is slightly higher than in 2006.”
“The percentage of women giving birth at home was 2.1% in 2016, a small decrease compared with 2012 to 2015 when it was 2.3%.”