This is probably the biggest question that people have. In short, yes it is very safe. There is, however, many more questions that need to be discussed. There have been many research projects released in the last decade surrounding the safety of community birth and I will provide the resource links below. There are many layers that provide safety for community birth; Midwives that provide research-based care, detection of risk and referring appropriately, having a working relationship with the local hospitals, and having an honest midwife-client relationship. It is just as important for the client to be honest with the midwife as the other way around. Trust between pregnant people and the midwife is vitally important. The bottom line is that birth, in general, is safe here in the Pacific Northwest. Regardless of where you choose to deliver, the risk is low to birthing person and baby. Each person is continuously assessed for low-risk status at each prenatal. Just because you start care in the home, does not necessarily mean you will deliver in the home. This is what makes it safe overall.
This link provides many excellent research projects done on the safety of home birth and many other excellent resources for parents:
This link provides specific articles for parents on tests and procedures done during pregnancy and for the newborn after. It is an excellent resource! Check it out!
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