Million-Dollar Experience

“I had this thought of, ‘I would’ve paid a million dollars for this experience,'” Jessica Hoover said about experiencing an out-of-hospital birth.

In October she became part of the 1.36% of mothers in the United States who decided to have their baby out-of-hospital with a midwife. An out-of-hospital birth can take place at a birth center or at home. These births are 100% natural, meaning no medical interventions, including no epidural. The process is completely safe for a mother and her baby if the mother has a low-risk pregnancy and has no other health issues. If a mother has high blood pressure, diabetes, or if they have experienced preterm labor, then an out-of-hospital birth is not the way to go.

Out-of hospital births are done in the hands of a midwife. Midwives are professionals and they know what they are doing. They are 100% reliable and know what to do if anything goes wrong. The midwife monitors both the mother and the baby’s well-being throughout the pregnancy and for a short time after. They educate the mother, provide hands-on assistance during birth, and provide newborn care.

In 2011, the percentage of women who had out-of-hospital births was 1.26%, and that number has continued to grow.

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