By Janelle Boyington, RM, CPM
Although the prevalent belief in much of our United States culture is that the hospital is the safest place for giving birth, statistics demonstrate that homebirth is at least as safe, if not safer. A landmark study, the CPM 2000 Statistics Project, was published in the British Medical Journal (June 18, 2005). Through this prospective study of 5,500 homebirths, we
are given an epidemiologic view on the safety of outcomes in births attended by Certified Professional Midwives.