This is a hard question to answer. You are going to need to have open dialogue and find out why your partner or family has reservations. There are tons of home birth videos on Youtube that you can watch to see the what a homebirth looks and sounds like. There are also documentaries out there like The Business of Being Born, More Business of Being Born, and Pregnant in America which go through many of the common misconceptions of homebirth and the risks of delivering in a hospital. Some answers may come from looking at statistics of risks. Those can be harder to find but they are available. Reading books written by Ina May Gaskin or Jennifer Block’s Pushed are a good place to start. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May is one of the first recommended titles to mothers to be who want home births and Pushed looks at the history of birthing in America and where it currently is.
In the USA the CDC has a list of the statistics of home birth from 2009 and according to it, preterm home births was 6% compared to 12% at hospitals, low birth weight is at 8% for hospitals and 4% for home birthers. Here is the link for this data and also to see what some of the other statistics are. These are American statistics and the data is much different in other countries. Europe has a much higher concentration of midwives to OB/GYN’s and has a much higher home birth rate.
When it comes to family it can be difficult for them to understand your needs and to remove their own fears from your particular situation. Having open conversation is again the most important thing to do. You need to stick to your guns and hopefully they will respect your decision regardless of their personal feelings.
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