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Learn about home births, birth centers and midwifery care.

Are you interested in an alternative to the traditional hospital birth but don’t know where to start with educating yourself? There are studies, documentaries, books and websites created to encourage healthy, low-risk pregnant women to explore their options. A Florida-licensed midwife (CPM, LM) can attend your birth at a standalone birth center or at your home. The following study was the largest home birth study done in the U.S. Among 16,924 women who planned home births at onset of labor 89% gave birth at home, 11% transferred to the hospital, 5.2% had a c-section. Among 1,100 women who attempted a VBAC, 87% had a vaginal birth. Six weeks after birth, 86% exclusive breastfed their babies and 11.7% partially breastfed their babies.

Among 16,924 women who planned home births at onset of labor 89% gave birth at home, 11% transferred to the hospital, 5.2% had a c-section. Among 1,100 women who attempted a VBAC, 87% had a vaginal birth.Six weeks after birth, 86% exclusive breastfed their babies, 11.7% partially breastfed their babies.

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33% of all women the U.S. give birth by c-section. While c-sections can be a life-saving intervention, this rate suggests an overuse and a misunderstanding of when it is needed. VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) is a safe alternative to a routine repeat cesarean. Our aim is to provide evidence-based resources and support about VBAC from a variety of sources. Our goal is to help women make informed decisions about how they want to give birth and to encourage an honest and respectful dialogue with their caregivers.

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U.S. maternity care practices are decades behind what science says is best for moms and babies. Many women don’t realize that they have many more options for birth than they’ve been offered and that they have rights in their care. Our mission is to empower women with tools that INFORM, SUPPORT, ENGAGE AND EMPOWER to avoid negative birth experiences. To create tools that put pressure on the system to improve as well as offering resources to share with their community, family and friends.

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Evidence Based Birth® gives you a starting point to find evidence about your options during childbirth, and a way to start conversations with your healthcare providers about those options. Our free, evidence-based printables are written in the language of your providers, but also in a way that you and your significant others can understand, too. We provide you with an in-depth look at the research evidence in language that you can understand. We specialize in breaking down complex medical topics and making them easy for you to learn.

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The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) is a professional midwifery association uniquely positioned to unite and strengthen all midwives through dedication to innovative education, professional development, and recognized autonomous practice. MANA is committed to enabling transformative research, promoting an evidence-based Midwifery Model of Care, addressing health disparities, and achieving optimal outcomes through normal physiologic birth and healthcare across the lifespan.

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DONA International’s primary function is to provide excellent doula education and certification to a diverse population of doulas world-wide. DONA International promotes the highest quality perinatal support for birthing mothers and their families by setting the standard for doula education and training, and by advocating the research-based benefits of doula care. Our organization exists to support doulas professionally and advance our vision of a doula for every person who wants one.

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The mission of the American College of Nurse-Midwives is to support midwives and advance the practice of midwifery in order to achieve optimal health for women through their lifespan, with expertise in well woman and gynecologic care, promoting optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, and care of the newborn. ACNM supports the practice of midwifery as the standard of care for women.

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