Below you can find the newest study of the safety of home birth put together by The Midwives Alliance of North America. The sample is of 16,000+ women who planned a home birth with a midwife for their pregnancy.
Follow the link below to the British medical journal study about the safety of home birth from 2005.
The next link is from the Canadian Medical journal about the safety of home birth from 2010
Both are very interesting and show great evidence about the safety of home birth.
I also highly recommend The Mothering website: lots of good information about holistic living. Great magazine as well.
I highly recommend the following books:
Ina May's guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding By Ina May Gaskin
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin
( pretty much any book by Ina May Gaskin is worth reading.)
The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert W. Sears
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger
Homebirth by Sheila Kitzinger
After the Baby's Birth by Robin Lim
Mamatoto by Carroll Dunham and The Body Shop
Interesting new discovery
I just read an interesting article about food allergies in The New Yorker from February 7th, 2011. The article is entitled The peanut puzzle written by Jerome Groopman. It says that food allergies are prevalent in the U.S. but not found in other countries. They believe the reason for this is because parents chew up food and put it in their baby's mouths from the age of 2-3 months old. The enzymes from the parents saliva and the antibodies baby's are getting at this time from breast feeding help the baby to acclimate to a variety of foods. Fascinating!!!! We should all be like the birds feeding our baby birds.
I highly recommend getting herbal tinctures from the herb lore company. Pam Caldwell is a master herbalist and has high standards for all her products. She specializes in herbs for women's health and for the childbearing year.
Check out her products and valuable information at her website-