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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.
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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.
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.