Home birthing on the rise in Wisconsin. Is it safe?
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APPLETON - Nearly 99 percent of babies are born in a hospital. But now some moms are choosing the route of home birthing.
Daniella Atkins is having her third baby at a birthing center, Appleton Community Midwives.
"We were built, we were structured, we were created to have babies," she said.
Appleton Community Midwives sees about 50 women a year.
"They know who is going to be with them all the time, and that helps them to be more comfortable." explains Andi Raine, a certified midwife with Appleton Community Midwives.
The rooms look like a typical bedroom. There's even a birthing Jacuzzi. Moms get to decide their birthing position, whether to eat or drink, and who is in the room.
"The baby was perfectly healthy and I was perfectly healthy," says mom, Darcey Upp. Upp gave birth in a birthing center.
"I walked up my stairs. I got in my bed and I laid on the floor," explains Dawn Paeyeneers. She gave birth at home.
Home births have increased 29 percent. Wisconsin falls within the top five states.
But is this the safest route to go?
"There are no benefits. In fact, the mortality, that's dying for the neonate is three times higher when you deliver at home," says Dr. Allahyar Jazayeri with Bellin Hospital.
The reason? Complications. Dr. Jazayeri explains It takes more time at that point to get to a hospital. However, some moms still say the benefits outweigh any risks.
"I feel like hospitals are more for medical problems and having a child is not a medical problem," says Atkins.