We invite you to do your own research about midwifery care and home birth. A few places to start:
- CIMS (Coalition for Improving Maternity Services) – the national organization leading the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative – many of these evidence based practices are native to home birth midwifery care and we encourage you to take a look
- Home Birth Study, Jan 2014 – many home birth midwives participate in an ongoing research project called MANAstats, and they’ve just published an analysis of their clinical outcomes
- Science and Sensibility – a research blog from LaMaze International
- NJ Birth Network – a consumer advocacy group for NJ families, specifically focused on implementing Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative in hospitals across NJ
- Choices in Childbirth – an NYC based consumer advocacy group
- MANA – the Midwives Alliance of North America
- ACNM – for more information about Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Midwives
A Word about VBAC in NJ
Many women with a previous cesarean birth are interested in the option of vaginal birth after cesarean or VBAC.
While some hospital-based midwives and doctors do offer this option, New Jersey state law prohibits any licensed provider (including midwives) from attending VBAC in the home setting.
If you are interested in home birth midwifery care, contact a midwife near you to talk about having home-based prenatal care to support your hospital birth plan.