Carolyn Searles, R.N. M.S., is currently practicing as an OB/GYN nurse practitioner in Burlingame, California. This study was undertaken while she was a graduate student in the Family Health Care Department, University of California, San Francisco.
THE IMPETUS TOWARD HOME BIRTH
Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2011
1981 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 51–56, May-June 1981
How to Cite
Searles, C. (1981), THE IMPETUS TOWARD HOME BIRTH. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 26: 51–56. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(81)90059-8
- Issue online: 10 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2011
Home birth is one of the most controversial issues in childbirth today. Increasing numbers of women are turning away from the hospital and having their children at home. An exploratory survey was undertaken to examine the reasons and priorities of women who choose to have their children born at home. Findings of the study indicate that women choose home birth primarily as an effort to avoid the hospital. Also, the home offers many qualities not available in a hospital. Results of this study provide those concerned with maternity care services with insight and understanding of the factors involved in women's decisions for home birth. Methods for incorporating the home birth population into the health care system are also suggested. Some implications for health care providers, planners, and delivery systems are identified.