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Interest in Home Births Rises During the COVID-19 Pandemic Medically reviewed by Meredith Wallis, M.S., CNM, ANP— Written by Julia Rieson June 18, 2020 Across the country, COVID-19. COVID-19 pandemic sparks rising interest in home births of Health and the University of Mississippi Medical Center released a joint statement on home births during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Most home-birth midwives in Philadelphia offer services priced in the range of $5,500 to $7,000, which covers prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care. While far less expensive than hospital births — hospitals can charge as much as $30,000 — many potential clients still can’t afford the midwife charges.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for at-home births has skyrocketed as pregnant. Alicia Fishbein, a doula in Santa Clara County, California, where there are at least 66 confirmed cases of COVID-19, said she recently had a client opt for a home birth in. Private autopsies are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic The birth of private autopsy California wildfires threaten Nat Geo photographer’s home.

Chloë Ellingson /The Globe and Mail Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vanessa Cates, who works at Midwife Alliance, has seen interest in home births spike, with new clients registering at. “Although recognizing that many patients are experiencing new concerns because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACOG continues to recommend following existing evidence-based guidance regarding home birth. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Irish ex-pats to consider a move home due to the economic repercussions of the pandemic and an increased concern for family members back home.

1 hour ago · WHO warns Europe could see rise in daily Covid-19 deaths next month as global cases near 29 million Israel has reimposed a national lockdown as countries battle new surges. By. In an ACNM town hall on home and birth center births during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amy Johnson-Grass, L.N., owner and executive director of the Health Foundations Birth Center and Women’s Health Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, said they’ve seen “a huge increase in interest” in birth center and home births recently.

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A 2006 study in the Journal of Political Economy found that “cohorts in utero during the pandemic displayed reduced educational attainment, increased rates of physical disability, lower income, lower socioeconomic status, and higher transfer payments compared with other birth cohorts” [50].

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Similarly in 1982, a high prevalence of leptospiral antibodies in humans was reported from Somalia.

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Not even one percent of births—hardly a global pandemic.

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Child mortality was markedly reduced, from 12.7 million deaths in 1990 (93 deaths per 1000 live births) to 5.9 million in 2015 (41 per 1000 live births), particularly from improved coverage of immunization, and early treatment and prevention of malaria, gastroenteritis, and HIV.

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Moves to promote 100% hospitalization of births, such as the Government’s Peel Report of 1970, made spurious connections between the ongoing reduction in perinatal mortality rates and the increased hospitalization of births.

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Overall, 20% of mothers with CF succumb to the disease before the child’s 10th birthday, and this number increases to 40% if the FEV 1 is less than 40% of predicted.117 Plans should be made for rearing of the child in the event of maternal death.

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  • Home births seem more dangerous. If they have internal bleeding or any other life threatening condition they could lose there life. I wish them luck in their journeys and starting a whole new chapter of motherhood. Good luck ladies, I will never stop rooting for y’all!

  • I’m from South Africa and my country does not allow any person to stand by in government hospitals. And due to safety issues it’s also not safe to be alone in there either. More and more women are opting for unassisted home births here, and then going to hospital afterwards to get checked out. Midwifes are very expensive here, and most people don’t have the funds to get them this short notice. I’m 37 weeks now as well, and strongly going to try for an unassisted home birth. It’s a scary situation.

  • I wish I could use a midwife but my pregnancies have been high risk since I was in my early 20s. My 18yr old was only 2lbs, I either miscarried or went into early labor every time, he was the only one that survived. Doulas and midwives could never be an option for me. I stopped trying after #3, one is good enough for me…

  • Due in 5days and terrified because midwives have been booked till November and I don’t want to go to the hospital as there are many Covid-19 cases in my country

  • I would have loved to have a birth like this, but I’m among the group who aren’t eligible because I have a very small pelvis and a baby can’t fit through it. I had a pelvic MRI to confirm it. So my births have to be caesarean sections. I’m sad about it, but a healthy baby was my ultimate goal. I just love the peaceful setting of a birthing center or at home.

  • Thanks for your video. Today found out that we only get one person, and if that person has sniffles or coughing of any kind, they get turned away and the mom labors alone. I am 3-5 weeks away and am terrified that I will have to labor alone.

  • So beautiful to see some moms go back to this natural way of birthing that empowers them. It’s not for all, but just a fraction being shown that they can do it is great.

  • No that’s fucking ridiculous that they won’t let the dad‘s in the birthing room!! I am all for protecting ourselves but that’s fucking Rediculous!

  • I had both my children at home. I decided on home births after watching how the midwives helped my sister with her home birth. I was impressed. She had control of the atmosphere and who could be present. She knew her midwives after nine months of seeing them. She had relaxing music when it was time, candles and low lights. The midwives calmly provided everything, a giant plastic fitted sheet draped over the bed reaching the floor, disposable underpants for after the birth, birthing stools, the infant cloth scale, everything! My second birth was in a birthing pool they provided. We were able to do it this way because of the excellent prenatal care and normal pregnancies which were conditions that we had to meet to have a home birth. Recovery was amazing. Would do it again. With a healthy pregnancy, home is the safest place to deliver in my opinion as your body already is immune to the germs in your home in normal times. During a pandemic this is even more important, the risk is too much.

  • When the fucking hospitals are saying you can’t have you spouse or ANYONE in there with you while you give birth is what’s causing it.

  • What do you think of hospitals that aren’t letting partners come into the hospital? My hospital hasn’t done that yet, but I am terrified they won’t let my husband come with me to the hospital.

  • Wrong! The majority of Hospitals are not overwhelmed. The media is fear mongering people and people don’t want to deal the the precautions hospitals are taking.

  • Awesome video! I am a doula and this is where my head has been with all this. My husband is a fire chief here in CA. I am here listening to all the planning of EMS peoples in our community and surrounding areas. Everyone is affected and no one has actual personal experience with anything this big before. It is a time of many questions and most importantly a time to pray and support one another. ❤️

  • First birth in hospital: $35,000-$50,000
    Second birth at home with a CNMW and doula: $6,000
    I’m on state Medicaid in America, it covered everything the first time. Not sure how much its going to cover this time. Paying out of pocket then will be reimbursed after billing insurance in 6-12 months…….
    Something is wrong here. Do you see it?

  • Vice, thank you for putting out your best video ever!!! As a retired maternity nurse & NICU nurse I have always been a fan of home births whenever possible. This couldn’t be a more important time to create this video and help educate that there are other options for childbirth if all systems are go from the Midwife and her team. Excellent job Mom & Dad and your amazing Midwifery team!!!! �� �� �� ��

  • The question should be why can’t women birth at home with a doula and a midwife and husbands?? I would avoid all hospitals and doctors and nurses given that they are constantly surrounded by patients with the coronoavirus. More doctors all around the world than anyone have been infected and consequently died from the coronavirus

    There are families that do not have any means to pay for this support and so their husbands/boyfriends are their only support!
    All women need to believe in their bodies and the birth process! This is what will help women get through the birth process and she wont need all this outside help.

    The American maternity system has successfully managed to make women feel like they have no control over what happens to their bodies nor babies! So I think this is a major regression in a ”feminism movement’ of the 21st century. Saddest part is that they aren’t even aware of it

  • Thank you for speaking on this topic. I’m 33 weeks pregnant and changing gears fast to home birth in light of the times. I’m excited for the all the upsides of homebirth but of course I know I need to be in a state of surrender and open to what happens without spinning in my head. I’m struggling with the revolution that seems to be taking place in front of my eyes where the needs of society are suddenly more important than my comfort as a woman….it’s a rough transition as I spent the first half or more of my pregnancy feeling pretty supported and indulged by society. In the bigger picture I get it…or will in time…but right now the idea of choosing between my Partner and my Doula seems like madness. I’m sure if I was a senior in school and missing out on my big game or prom or whatever I would be upset about THAT…I realize that this is just MY struggle in a time where everyone is facing challenges and that I need to find so acceptance but it seems that on the other side of that acceptance is me choosing my Doula over my Mate in hospital and I don’t want him to not be there!! This is further compromised by the fact that I have insurance that covers a hospital and choosing a midwife is an expensive choice that my Partner is struggling with as he watches his business crumble in this time of Covid……

    Can I really subject myself to the loss of my Partner or Doula in labor to protect my savings? I guess society would say it’s better for me to have that money after my child is here….I just can’t see it… perhaps I will look back on this when I’m a seasoned Mom and think I was foolish not to “sacrifice” my comfort for the sake of resources that can help my family…and I just being selfish? Am I failing to surrender??

    Worse yet is the fear (fear is such a dirty word, sorry to use it here) that I spend the money and end up with a transfer in the end….but I can’t dwell on this

    If I choose home birth I must go all the way

    I must commit my mind to a positive outcome and not look back

  • It isn’t just hospitals being overwhelmed. It’s all the Covid rules that make the birth very stressful. Some hospitals are not allowing the SO in the delivery room. A lot of moms feel uncomfortable giving birth alone. Others require Covid testing. A lot if ppl don’t want a q tip shoved up their nose and don’t trust the test to not have a false positive, causing them to be forced to miss work for 2 weeks to be quarantined, without pay, and that’s a very scary thought to a family living check to check,

  • Sorry I have to share this when I first heard this I was like WHAT I’m so glad I’m not pregnant right now because it will trouble in the hospital like for real no spouse r close relative especially your SPOUSE. I will be having that baby in the waiting room w my spouse. Jus taking the joy out of it when the baby is born he or she suppose to smell the parents scent for that close bond. how about this test them BEFORE THE DUE DATE ��

  • I think home births should be more normal an accessible, it’s better for the mom and baby and leaves more room in hospital wards for moms who need to be at a hospital. Also midwife and doula educations should be cheaper and more accessible because they’re a a great investment in population health and women’s rights, and workplace insurances should cover the cost of a midwife/doula.

  • Well done! I live in the Hudson Valley, too and am currently 3 days past my due date. I am also laboring naturally with a midwife. So excited!

  • Excellent that she was able to have this option. I think more nurse midwives should be able to practice. Back in the day that’s almost all there was. Why not bring it back? Doctors should be grateful for the help. Take the pressure off them!

  • As a person that had a water home birth… watching “land births” always stress me out… lol.. but still birth is so beautiful no matter what. Insurance companies should definitely cover home births.

  • Thank you so much for this video. I am 34 wks pregnant in New Orleans. I have been very surprised by the restrictive policies at local hospitals. The hospitals are doing a poor job of assessing the true risks of essential support people (doula, SO) increasing the spread of COVID19 by being present at the birth vs the risk of poor outcomes for the mother and child by not having them there. What really gets me is this idea that having a live-in SO in L&D somehow doubles the risk of spreading COVID19 in L&D. It only seems logical that a live-in SO and the laboring person are either both going to have already been exposed to COVID19 or not since they have been quarantined together. It seems that these policies are a knee jerk reaction to the fear that is right in front of us (COVID) rather than assessing the entire situation. This is made painfully clear when people continue to state that not having support people present is only a matter of the laboring person not getting the “experience they imagined”. This could not be farther from the truth as support people provide SUPPORT especially during a time of heightened stress and when hospital staff will be stretched thin.

  • I want a baby and I want to have that baby with a midwife. As a Black woman looking at the mortality rate of minority pregnant women, it frightens me to even consider having a child in a hospital with a OB/GYN.

  • UK doula here. What are the policies on home births? Statistically home births are as safe (often safer) than hospital births? A US colleague has told me some US women are nor allowed ANY birth support (not even partners). Women are being treated as mere vessels for babies, and have lost their own rights this is barbaric. My heart breaks for all the Mammas out there. Massive support to American Mammas, Doulas and midwives you are my heroes.

  • I’m currently 7 months pregnant I’m due October 31st and I haven’t been able to get an appointment with an OB! The health care system in Canada is not great at the moment and I’m c section
    So I’m scared when the time comes what’s gonna happen since I cannot give natural birth

  • Love that this is being covered. While I am still young and don’t plan to have kids for at least 5-7 years more I have planned for years I would love to aim for a home birth. Too much trauma as a sick child in hospitals I wouldn’t have a mentally safe experience hooked up with an IV, machines, and in a hospital. Many including my family think midwives are unqualified and not as trained as doctors (even though you need a nursing degree to become a midwife) hoping this era we are in educated more and more people

  • I always wonder what labor feels like can anyone that had kids explain like I want to know and I don’t want to have kids to test it

  • There’s a whole hidden group of victims during this nonsense that no one is talking about, and that’s people who require advocates in hospitals and doctors offices. I have extreme anxiety and depression, and I can’t even go to the grocery store, much less a doctor’s office to be touched and prodded. Because they won’t allow anyone into the doctors offices or hospitals with me, I can’t access any prenatal care. If something doesn’t change quickly, we’ll be having an unassisted home birth with no prenatal care. I live in a fairly large city and I’ve called every ob/gyn and primary care doctor in a 3-hour radius. Nobody will allow an exception. We had an amazing doctor who understood this, and immediately after finding out we were pregnant, he dropped our insurance. And our insurance won’t pay for a midwife, not that one will do a home birth without having a doctor medically clearing us. “Sucking it up” is not an option, and it’s like nobody has any grace for this. I’ve found a few people online who are going through the same thing, so this isn’t just me. I just don’t know what to do. We’re reading books about holistic unassisted pregnancies and hoping these restrictions will lift soon, but preparing for the worst-case scenario.

  • OMG mama! You are a freaking rock star! I wish this was an option for us. I’m scheduled for delivery in 10 day. I would have absolutely done a home birth with Covid going on and we tried to push for it but I’m a bleed risk and have Anti Big E antibodies on top of that. I can’t believe you just birthed a toddler! You’re incredible! Congratulations.

  • So proud of my homebirths. It is such a magical experience�� Sadly, none were covered by insurance. Worth every penny, flat fee for all care before and after. My midwife is always just a call away.

  • ❤This is a great video ❤. I just uploaded my Birth Story if you want to check it out. I actually gave birth IN MY CAR!�� Haha. I was planning a homebirth but baby had his own ideas lol��Keep up the great work and Radiate Positive Vibes��

  • There needs to be far more support for women in the USA. It absolutely is a women’s choice. You would think insurance companies would be all over paying for this service, wouldn’t it save them hundreds of thousands of dollars? But I am ultimately for universal healthcare. Anyways, if it’s not high risk and the midwives have proper education and licensing, this should be the norm.

  • I believe a woman has the choice but it could be dangerous. Preeclampsia or a breach birth. You never know what could happen but at the same time you keep you and the baby at risk from getting Covid-19 if done at home.

  • Midwives should be in the forefront of the maternity wards in this nation but our government has sold women and families out long ago in order to line their ever deepening pockets!!!!!

  • Awesome. I hope that home births continue to be on the rise in the US because if one is low risk, it is safer than hospital birth due to unnecessary procedures, drugs and germs that cannot be eradicated. Also, midwifes have specialized training as birth attendants wheres OB’s don”t, so it makes sense that midwives should be attending the majority of births rather than OB’s. OB’s are trained for surgery and that is what they should be primarily used for. With American hospitals having the highest rates of maternal and fetal deaths in the industrialized world (the countries with the least maternal and fetal deaths are countries where the majority of births are attended by midwives), the United States desperately needs a birth education overhaul and midwives need to be utilized to the max, with OB’s only attending the most complicated of births, primarily c-sections.

  • I can smell this family’s yard from Florida lol. Also that midwife looks like she hasn’t showered. There’s nothing wrong with using a midwife but make sure they’re a certified nurse midwife. Meaning they’ve been through nursing school.

  • If I were to have another baby, I’d go the midwife route. This was such a nice birth!
    I had one baby with anesthesia, and one without, and there wasn’t a big difference.

  • Midwives are standard in the UK, both for hospitals and home births, and are normally known beforehand or follow up afterwards. From the people I know who have gone into midwifery at uni, they seem to be he kindest and most compassionate people around.

  • I just had my baby boy on 06/22/2020 at a birthing center. He was born 9 pounds 5 ounces. Not quite as big as this little one but my midwife was so knowledgeable and really made me feel empowered in my birthing experience. I would not trade that experience for anything.

  • idk why but her guttural growl of “Get her ouuuut!!!!” made me laugh. Congrats guys, you’ve got a beautiful big ass baby girl! My best wishes to you and your family!♥

  • Thank you for the video. I am in Italy, 35 weeks pregnant, and leaning towards birth center/home birth. My first daughter was born in a hospital and I was initially planning on going to the same place but things are very very different now!

  • Brith at hospital More safe than home to avoid complications for both mom and baby in my country during this pandemic five ladies patients with corna virus gave brith to healthy babies at hospital at same day they put in sterile place especially for corna virus may god end this misery soon amen it’s global crisis

  • As soon as the video started I was like WOW that has to be a huge baby! Mama looked ready to pop! This mom is a super human for sure! Women are amazing ✨

  • A rich country, a democracy, that leaves its poorer citizens behind on the basics of a developed country; A universal health care system. Thank you, i prefer to live in any country of Europe.

  • May God bless myself and everyone who is wishing for and wanting babies with babies babies and more babies
    Twins triplets multiples
    Beautiful Healthy?Babies
    Expect Miracles
    Nothing is impossible

  • Dr Richard Bartlett began treating several of his patients affected by COVID-19 with a steroid known for treating asthma and respiratory problems known as Budesonide. Budesonide is so safe he said, that they even give it to preemie babies. Dr Bartlett has been giving it to even his worst patients, those that have smoked their entire lives and test positive for COVID-19. One patient had a fever lasting multiple days and was having trouble walking. After inhaling neublized Budesonide, she was back teaching piano lessons the next day. Dr Bartlett said its ironic, because Budesonide isn’t if the best steroid when it comes to treating asthma, based on all the feedback he’s gotten back from patients. However, Budesonide seems to really be working for COVID patients. Dr Bartlett calls it the fire extinguisher for putting out the base of the fire.

    Where normal patients die from COVID due to a “cytokine storm,” A cytokine storm is an overreaction of the body’s immune system. In some people with COVID-19, the immune system releases immune messengers, called cytokines, into the bloodstream out of proportion to the threat or long after the virus is no longer a threat. When this happens, the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, potentially causing significant harm. A cytokine storm triggers an exaggerated inflammatory response that may damage the liver, blood vessels, kidneys, and lungs, and increase formation of blood clots throughout the body. Ultimately, the cytokine storm may cause more harm than the coronavirus itself. Budesonide seems to be able to dampen or put out the cytokine storm. before it ever gets out of control and destroys the body.

    His protocol is on his website:
    Dr. Richard Bartlett does have a channel:
    and there is an one hour audio interview on Joel Evan channel:

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  • We couldn’t have our children at home do to insurance either.
    This is a beautiful moment for a couple to bound with family.
    Best of luck to your unknown journey as parents.

  • I am more confused after watching this video and now I’m wishing I hadn’t wasted the time hoping this would answer any of my questions. This didn’t even clarify the difference between home vs hospital birth during this epidemic. The only thing I learned from the past 34 minutes is that I should have my medical records available if I’m switching care.

  • I’m from India and even on an average day they don’t allow fathers or Doulas into the delivery room and sadly there’s no birthing centers in the place where I live

  • In indonesia, particularly in countryside, we have traveling ambulances with doctors, nurses, and medical equips helping women in labor so they can give birth at home. Because hospital is often so far away and the roads are often bad. In fact i was born at my house and my late grandpa, who at the time just came home from ricefield, was the first person to hug me

  • I hated the hospital experience with my first daughters birth as I felt like I was in a production line so choose to get a midwife and have a homebirth for my second daughter. She was so awesome and even when I found out my daughter was going to be breech a few days before the birth (so hence then a high risk birth), she was able to arrange with the hospital for her to be my midwife there and deliver there instead, with a dr who specialized in breech natural births overlooking the birth (im in Australia). This breech birth went so easy and I didnt need any pain killers, the midwife who usually did homebirths had all kinds of special tips and helped me in ways I may not have been able to get help in otherwise.

  • I am optimistic. I know there’s a lot of questions that need answered and a lot of decisions I need to make. But I need to educate myself, prepare my husband, and the kids for what we thought how it was going to be, may be completely different. Trying to deal with all the emotions in a healthy way.

  • Having c-section in 2 weeks. I’m glad not to live in usa at this time. In my city and the city where I will deliver is barely any cases of corona.

  • I’m almost 32 weeks living an hour and 15 min outside of Las Vegas. I’m seeing a midwife at a doc office who delivers at the hospital. I was fine with this until the virus. I checked with a different midwife about homebirth and it’s more complicated for me because over had 3 preterm births and can’t do a homebirth if baby comes early. Plus I’m in a rural town and too far from a L&D unit so I worked have to come into Vegas and deliver in a hotel or family members house. Looks like I’m stuck going to the hospital and honestly I’m nervous. I’m seeing nurses and docs are being forced to work even after being exposed to Covid-19. They simply tell them wear a mask and keep working until they show signs they actually have the illness. That thought concerns me.