Why Families Choose Home Birth - A fascinating peak into the logistics and beauty of home birth in chicago

To some home birth may seem like a renegade choice. I get it.

I’ve been there. When I had my first I wanted the safety of the hospital. When my birth didn’t go as expected and I was left with a lingering feeling of failure, I knew I wanted a different experience next time.

So I looked for a midwife, which is really freaking hard in IL by the way, There simply are not enough licensed providers and Illinois has yet to license CPM’s (Certified Professional MIdwives) which do hold licenses in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming. ( Source: National Association of Professional Certified Midwives.)

It is interesting to note the countries that integrate home birth into obstetrical care versus countries that do not and what the maternal mortality rates are. The countries that achieved the lowest maternal mortality ratio are Finland, Greece, Iceland, and Poland. For every 100,000 births, 3 mothers die. An interesting fact: Finland is the best country to be a mother, according to Save the Children’s 15th annual ranking. The United States hovers at 31 — about the same as last year — but is seeing an increase in maternal deaths, according to multiple studies. ( BBC)

In the U.S According to the CDC about 700 women die each year in the U.S. due to pregnancy or labor complications. About 3 of 5 maternal deaths could be prevented.

The Netherlands has the highest number of home births in the world The also only have about 7 maternal deaths for every 100,000 . The U.S. on the other hand has most recently been surveyed by the CDC to have about 23.8 maternal deaths per 100,000 births. ( So why do the Dutch cherish home births? The Dutch do not see pregnancy as an illness and home birth is the norm. The Dutch Health Ministry believes that what can be kept out of the hospitals, should. They are very much geared toward not medicalising birth. Midwifery is integrated into the health care system. A woman is accompanied in her pregnancy, birth and postnatal period by a midwife who is autonomous in her actions and decisions. Emphasis is placed on natural processes, with interventions only occurring when a problem arises.

For this mama, Home is where she wanted to be.

She’s lucky enough to live close to the city and utilize the midwives who are avialble.

This birth is attended by Gentle Birth Care.

I am currently shooting with a Fuji xt2, it’s exremely light to hold in front of you, and has a flip screen so you can see what you are shooting. I do believe I was on a step stool at the time, and I was able to capture the amazing progression of babe being born.

Many times families choose home birth because they want a family centered birth. For this little ones birth many people were present including
The Dad, Little Sister, Grandma, Midwife and her Assistant.

I was also able to get a really cool photo of the umbillical cord.


Delayed cord clamping, for even 5 minutes has numerous benefits to the infant such as an increase in iron stores and brain myelin, which aids in development., according to a recent study published in the December issue of The Journal of Pediatrics. It can increase the babies blood volume by a third.

Look at the cord below, it is completely white compared to the photo above


Once it is evident that mom and baby are safe and healthy it’s time to relax together and see baby’s first exam and measurements.

The magical numbers everyone wants to know and you never forget.

We love documenting these special moments for families.

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