What do you think?
To answer your post title question, no, home births have not been linked with more stillbirths and in fact home birth has been considered safer than the hospital in a lot of cases. Home birth is not for everyone and the choice on where to have your baby is one that should be considered very carefully and thoroughly. I didn't go on to read the rest of the article but the excerpt is all I need to see in this particular case.
My firstborn was as blue as blue could be when he was born, from head to toe, he was even asleep. It took about 2 minutes of stimulation to get him to make some noise but he never cried, that just wasn't his personality. I had him in the hospital and I know for a fact that it was the Demerol I was given and being stuck in bed in one position that caused it.
Had I known back in 2006 that I had a choice and that there was a safer, better way I'd have opted in. If I'd have has access to more information I probably would have an experience that I could look back on with pride instead of humility and humor. Maybe the obvious lack of oxygen is one of the reasons he now has behavioral issues and learning disability? I may never know but I had my last 2 children out of hospital and although I couldn't afford a home birth I would have loved the opportunity. I was especially considering unassisted childbirth but my husband wasn't comfortable with it.
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