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The Normalizing Home Birth Project | Survey for Birth Professionals

6 Comments 19 October 2011

Samantha (from On Being a Mama) is currently helping out with The Normalizing Homebirth Project by doing some research on the ways in which women get information and support for home birth.

The mission of Normalizing Home Birth Project’s is to support families who desire a home birth with financial assistance and home birth mentoring. Find assistance in the form of one-on-one mentoring, nationwide home birth circles and more.

She came up with a questionnaire for birth professionals. Please post your responses in the comments, or email them to Samantha if you’d rather they be anonymous (onbeingamama@gmail.com).

I’d like to help and have agreed to share this quick survey. Thank you for your time and participation!

Here it the five question survey for Birth Professionals:

1. How many births have you attended? How many were homebirths?

2.When you meet a client who is interested in homebirth but doesn’t know much
about it, where do you direct her?

3. Do you know of any homebirth information and support groups/gatherings in your
area? If so, who runs these groups (i.e., doulas, midwives, moms, etc.)?

4. How are these groups “advertised”? Would a searchable database be helpful? Is
this something you might direct interested clients to?

5. Do you think it would be of use to your clients for a group such as the Normalizing
Home Birth Project to train mentors to attend such gatherings as representatives/
educators?

Your Comments

6 Comments so far

  1. 1. i have attended approx 90 births. about 25 have been home births.
    2. I direct her to the local home birth midwife or to our Home Birth Collective here in RI
    3. we have The Rhode Island Home Birth Collective, RI Homebirth and Hope Family Health, and Rhode Island Birth Network here in RI.
    4. as of now i believe the groups are advertised on facebook pages, mothering type blogs and RIBN, a “Gentle Birth” collection of practitioners.
    I think a database would be a great idea
    5. yes, definitely!

  2. How many births have you attended? How many were homebirths? approximately 200 births, about 130 homebirths.

    2.When you meet a client who is interested in homebirth but doesn’t know much
    about it, where do you direct her? I give her reading lists. Names of other people that have done it.

    3. Do you know of any homebirth information and support groups/gatherings in your
    area? If so, who runs these groups (i.e., doulas, midwives, moms, etc.)? I have a group that meets about 3-4 times a year. I also am part of San Antonio Birth Collective, which supports birthing options in our community.

    4. How are these groups “advertised”? Would a searchable database be helpful? Is
    this something you might direct interested clients to? Yes they are advertised.

    5. Do you think it would be of use to your clients for a group such as the Normalizing
    Home Birth Project to train mentors to attend such gatherings as representatives/
    educators? Yes.

  3. 1.1,1
    2. To midwives who have knowledge of homebirth
    3. No
    4.yes
    5. Yes

  4. Leah says:

    1. How many births have you attended? How many were homebirths? 25 total – 2 were homebirths

    2.When you meet a client who is interested in homebirth but doesn’t know much
    about it, where do you direct her? local midwives, print resources, homebirth families

    3. Do you know of any homebirth information and support groups/gatherings in your
    area? If so, who runs these groups (i.e., doulas, midwives, moms, etc.)? No

    4. How are these groups “advertised”? Would a searchable database be helpful? Is
    this something you might direct interested clients to? Yes, definitely

    5. Do you think it would be of use to your clients for a group such as the Normalizing
    Home Birth Project to train mentors to attend such gatherings as representatives/
    educators? Yes!

  5. 1. How many births have you attended? How many were home births?

    57/4

    2.When you meet a client who is interested in homebirth but doesn’t know much about it, where do you direct her?

    To a couple of local home birth MW’s that have been recommended to me by other doulas.

    3. Do you know of any homebirth information and support groups/gatherings in your area? If so, who runs these groups (i.e., doulas, midwives, moms, etc.)?

    No – interesting idea. Parents are typically to busy to attend another meeting – especially if during “family” time/evenings/weekends.

    4. How are these groups “advertised”? Would a search-able database be helpful? Is this something you might direct interested clients to?

    a. n/a b. Not sure. c. If I thought it would help – I don’t typically get moms who are looking for HB / even if they could afford it / most are too scared and afraid of judgement of their families and peers and appearing willing to take risks with their and their babies lives and so then seen as unresponsible. This mindset is a tough one to get past – everywhere we go, it’s reinforced and has been reinforced our entire lives … This fear is paralyzing and robs women everyday of the opportunity to know who they really are at the core of their being.

    5. Do you think it would be of use to your clients for a group such as the Normalizing Home Birth Project to train mentors to attend such gatherings as representatives/educators?

    To “normalize homebirh” MUCH education is needed!

  6. 1. How many births have you attended? 968 How many were homebirths? 704
    2.When you meet a client who is interested in homebirth but doesn’t know much
    about it, where do you direct her? Various books, Kitzinger, Goer etc. but most already know a good bit about homebirth before they call me.
    3. Do you know of any homebirth information and support groups/gatherings in your
    area? If so, who runs these groups (i.e., doulas, midwives, moms, etc.)? Birth Circle by the Normalizing Homebirth Project
    4. How are these groups “advertised”? Would a searchable database be helpful? Online Is
    this something you might direct interested clients to? Yes, for sure.
    5. Do you think it would be of use to your clients for a group such as the Normalizing
    Home Birth Project to train mentors to attend such gatherings as representatives/
    educators? Yes.


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