Expecting New York City parents or those who have recently had children may have heard a lot of debate about the safety of hospitals lately, and whether there are any advantages to giving birth in a home setting. While a growing number of New Yorkers support the benefits of home birth, a recent study has shown that the hospital might still be the safer alternative.
The reasons people believe home birth to be safer vary, but among the main concerns are the hospital environment, which may subject a mother and newborn to infection. The risk of infectious disease might be smaller at home, but the risk of other things going wrong also increases dramatically. In a home birth, if the mother faces some complication or birth injury, there is generally no access to a physician or specialist nearby, which can lead to devastating consequences.