Home vs. Hospital Births

Deciding between a home and hospital birth cab be a complicated decision for expecting mothers.

“As medical professionals, we’ve said that home birth is not the safest choice for pregnancy,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says, in keeping with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). “That’s because things do happen, and nature can be cruel, and babies do die and mommies do die.”

Dr. Lisa says the main reasons women die in birth are: not getting to the hospital in time in an emergency situation, post-partum hemorrhage and emergency events like the baby’s head getting stuck.

“Even when you do everything right in the hospital, you still might not have time,” Dr. Lisa says, but if women deliver at home, “What if something happens to your baby? There is nobody there to assist that baby right then and there.”

“The infant mortality rate that’s skyrocketing is not because people are choosing home birth,” counters actress, author, producer and talk show host Ricki Lake. “There are some people who feel that having a baby in a hospital is taking a risk. A half a percent of women choose to give birth at home. The infant mortality rate skyrocketing is not because people are choosing home births.”

Dr. Lisa is passionate about her stance for hospital births only. “I’ve seen thousands and thousands and thousands of deliveries. I know what can happen. And you don’t want to see that happen at home, and you don’t want to be responsible for the death of your baby, or the death of your wife.”

“I am not saying hospital or home birth is best,” Ricki says. “I am pro-choice in this area, and I want women to have access to the information.”

Watch the home birth debate part I and part II.