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My mother read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” when she was pregnant, so why shouldn’t I?


Medically irresponsible and misleading, factually incorrect…here are a few good reasons why you should ignore the advice given in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”:


  1. Misleads expectant mothers into believing that it is safe to deliver at home. ”For some women the idea of being hospitalized when they aren’t sick just isn’t the ticket. If that sounds like you—or if you just believe that life should begin at home—you might want to consider a home birth. The upside is obvious: Your newborn arrives amid family and friends in a warm and loving atmosphere, and you’re able to labor and deliver in the comfort and privacy of your own home, without hospital protocols and personnel getting in the way.”
Never deliver at home! The safest place to be when a life-threatening complication occurs is in a hospital with highly trained and specialized health care providers who can manage the emergency and save the lives of your baby and you. Even the WTEWYE authors admit, “the downside is that if something unexpectedly goes wrong, the facilities for an emergency cesarean or rescucitation of the newborn will not be close at hand.”
  1. Misleads expectant mothers into believing that a home birth with a midwife is a safe alternative to a hospital. In fact, home births are encouraged.
Midwives are Not Permitted to perform any life-saving emergency medical procedures if they involve surgery. Here’s a sobering statistic: The Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) statistics show that home birth in the US has a death rate 450% higher than hospital birth.
  1. Misleads expectant mothers into believing that an uneventful pregnancy without any risk factors is a reliable indicator that a home birth will also be low risk and uneventful.
There is no correlation between a low risk pregnancy and the possibility of a life threatening complication during labor and delivery. The safest place to be when a life threatening complication occurs is in a hospital operating room, with highly trained and specialized health care providers who can manage the emergency and save the lives of your baby and you.
  1. Misleads expectant mothers into believing that “you should be no further away from a hospital than 30 miles if the roads are good and traffic’s not an issue or 10 miles if these standards aren’t met.”
This statement was made up by the authors, has no basis in fact and cannot be found in the “Standards for the Practice of Midwifery.” If there is a complication, such as a hemorrhage or other life threatening complication, you will not have time for consultation, transport, admission and pre-procedures.
  1. The authors have no medical training.
Dr. Ronald G. Zack, MD FACOG, Medical Editor of “ten fingers, ten toes,” graduated from Wayne State University Medical School in 1973. He has been an OB/GYN since completing his residency in 1977. He has been board certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1982 and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FACOG) in 1984. Dr. Zack is a director of the Safe Pregnancy Foundation.


Jocelyn Thomas is a young wife and mother and writer of a popular blog called Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows. She recently posted, “ [this is] something I feel very strongly about. Home birth in the United States is dangerous, and the risks are rarely talked about. So here are the ’10 reasons I’d never ever ever have a home birth.'” Read more about Jocelyn Thomas here: http://jocelynandjason.blogspot.com/2014/09/10-reasons-id-never-ever-ever-have-home.html

Every industry has a whistleblower, the one person who bravely steps forward to expose the truth. Leigh Fransen is a former Certified Midwife. In an extensive report titled “High Risk: Truth, Lies and Birth,” Fransen exposes the illegal practices of home birth midwives in the U.S.. Read more about Leigh Fransen here: http://www.honestmidwife.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/High-Risk-FINAL1.pdf


It is the universal opinion of Board Certified OB-GYNs that home births are not a responsible choice and that the safest place to deliver is in specialty or subspecialty hospital.