“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.” – Suzanne Arms
Pregnancy and childbirth are normal, healthy physiological processes and BAHC midwives are healthcare professionals for low risk pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Home is the ideal environment for birth to unfold naturally, allowing women and their families to gain strength from the process. In the homebirth model of care, the midwife serves as a guide, but the pregnant woman is the decision-maker and it is her right to fully understand, choose, and take responsibility for the kinds of procedures used throughout her care. Our guiding principles of informed choice, continuity of care, appropriate technology, integrated education and counseling are the foundation for a trusting relationship between client and midwife.
Comprehensive midwifery care includes:
Physical assessment of well-being during prenatal, birth and postpartum
Risk assessment and screening
Referrals to complementary/alternative and allopathic practitioners
Nutritional and herbal counseling
Support for family involvement in the birth process
Every year, the number of families choosing homebirth in the United States grows, and more research becomes available highlighting homebirth as a safe and viable choice. Here are some of the resources you might find valuable when exploring homebirth as an option.
Outcomes associated with planned place of birth among women with low-risk pregnancies, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2015
Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America Statistics Project, 2004 to 2009, Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 2014
Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2009
Outcomes of planned home birth with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America, British Medical Journal, 2005
Meta-analysis of the safety of homebirth, Birth, 1997