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'Why Not Home: The Surprising Birth Choices of Doctors and Midwives' is about "changing the conversation about birth in America and spreading evidence-based information about birth across settings."
Jessicca is family nurse practitioner with a story to tell. Set on a journey by her own home birth experiences, she created the feature length documentary, Why Not Home? about nurses and doctors who attend birth in the hospital and have their own children at home. The film is being released on iTunes and Amazon this Labor Day 2017. A transplant from the midwest, she and her husband have made their home in Sonoma County California where she tries to keep up with her two children, six chickens, and two sheep.
Please listen to episode 41 of the Fourth Trimester Podcast to hear to Jessicca talk with Sarah and Esther about the ins and outs of home birth versus hospital birth. If you're considering a home birth, or just researching options in general, we'd recommend listening to the episode and watching 'Why Not Home'.
The short answer to the home birth or hospital birth question is that there is no right answer. "Both options carry risks", Jessicca is quick to point out. However, some of the risks of a hospital birth are introduced by the fact that most hospital births come with an increased chance of interventions that would not have occurred at home.
Robyn Lamar, MD: I knew if I gave birth in the hospital, there’d be a higher risk of all sorts of interventions, including operative delivery. So I felt like there was no choice that was zero risk. And my job was to choose the set of risks that I was most comfortable with. (Excerpt from the Why Not Home guide.)
Watch the trailer here:
Here are some great resources:
- Home birth is good for women who meet certain criteria (e.g. not diabetic and other criteria). See the full list of things that make a woman a good candidate here: http://americanpregnancy.org/labor-and-birth/home-birth/
- Please check out whynothome.com for resources, a discussion guide, and to host a viewing in your community.
- Click here to see the film on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.
com/us/movie/why-not-home/ id1247075007 (The film is also available on Vimeo and Amazon.)
- Finally, for more information, see the Home Birth Summit with Best Practice Transfer Guidelines http://www.