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Theodor was born on the 13 February in the living room of a terrace house in a small town outside Aarhus. His parents had chosen a home birth.

Did you know that pregnant women can choose themselves where to give birth? And that you can choose to give birth at home?

At Aarhus University Hospital they have a team of midwives for families who choose a home birth. You can talk to your midwife or your general practitioner if you would like a home birth. If you decide to give birth at home, the planned midwife consultation in week 35 takes place in the family’s home to make the practical arrangements for the delivery. Every second month, meetings on home birth are held to give more information about the possibility for women to give birth in their own home.

In Denmark, approx. 3% of all pregnant women choose to give birth at home. The debate about home birth has been intense as some professionals believe that women being transferred during a planned home birth will experience an unnecessarily complicated birth.

Research in home births

New research by Rikke Maimburg, PhD and midwife at Aarhus University Hospital shows that only 28% of the women choosing to give birth at home are transferred to the hospital during the birth. If the woman is transferred, it is typically undramatic and the woman goes by the family car or takes a taxi to the hospital. If the woman must be transferred lying down, an ambulance is called.

The reasons for transfer during delivery are usually slow progress of the birth or the need for more pain relieve than the midwife can administer in the home. If it will be necessary to transfer the woman after the delivery, it is e.g. because the midwife needs to be able to position the woman better to repair birth-related lesions.

Read the scientific article about home birth: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Weli6gwKZjL7B