The optimal birth requires relaxation, released inhibitions, and the freedom to move about.
Laboring at home with a compassionate midwife monitoring mom and baby allows for the mother to follow her inner wisdom as her body naturally guides the baby down. Being in control of who enters the labor room also keeps mom free of tension, which often results in shorter labors.
In addition to the privacy and comfort of giving birth at home, the seamless transition from birth tub to freshly-made bed allows for comfortable family cuddle time and bonding in the first precious hours.
With every medical intervention comes a risk. When birthing at home, a family is free from many routine procedures that can lead to more invasive interventions, not to mention eliminating the risk of exposure of the mother and the newborn to infectious organisms found in hospitals. Studies continue to show better outcomes in low-risk births with experienced midwives at home.