Unfortunately, homebirth is not an option for women in Spain as it is in the UK. The National Health System here does not promote homebirth. However, as an Independent Midwife I am a very strong believer in giving women the choice in regards to how and where they give birth.
There have been a vast number of studies that have shown home birth to be safe for women who have had an uncomplicated pregnancy, Therefore I feel it should be offered to all low risk women. I passionately promote informed choice with all of my clients, and will provide you and your partner with the most up to date evidence and latest government guidelines , to allow you to make an informed decision regarding your care.
The home birth option in the UK is backed by the midwives' and obstetricians' professional colleges, which issued the following statement in 2007:
'' The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) support home birth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. There is no reason why home birth should not be offered to women at low risk of complications and it may confer considerable benefits for them and their families. There is ample evidence showing that labouring at home increases a woman’s likelihood of a birth that is both satisfying and safe, with implications for her health and that of her baby.''
There have been several large-scale studies of planned homebirth in the UK and Western Europe in the last twenty years, and it has overwhelmingly concluded that planned home birth is a sufficiently safe option for women with normal pregnancies.
The summaries of research papers can be provided on request, for couples interested in home birth. This will help you to look at the evidence for yourself and enable you to make a decision as to whether or not homebirth is for you.
Watch this amazing birth at home. The mother uses water for labour and birth. It helps her stay calm, relaxed and in control