"We're trying to make sure a consumer has access to qualified midwives to help them in their home birth," said Devon Horsman of Kettering, a certified professional midwife who serves as legislative chair for the Ohio Midwives Alliance.
cites a 2005 study published in the British Journal of Medicine
that found out-of-hospital births to be as safe for low-risk women as a hospital birth when attended by a qualified midwife.
Jennifer Hall of Fairborn was born at home
29 years ago and has carried on that tradition with her
own research convinced her
there would be less intervention and less likelihood of a Caesarian section at home.
Devon Horsman of Kettering has those credentials and now serves as chair for the Ohio Midwives Alliance.
The group is actively seeking sponsors for a bill that will recognize the CPM designation.
"Home births are happening, it's not something people are seeking permission to do," Horsman
"We believe that nationally the tide is moving in this direction, more than half the states now recognize Certified Professional Midwives and the number of families having their babies at home has been increasing significantly."
Across the nation 49,438 babies were born at home
in 2005 and 2006 combined.
In Ohio, 1,888 were born at home
in the same two-year time period.
The reasons families want to give birth at home, Horsman
said, may be religious, cultural or economic.
The cost of a midwife in the Miami Valley may range from $1,500 to $2,000 and includes prenatal visits, the birth itself and follow-up checkups.
The fees are not covered by insurance.
"I really think that people want to know what all their options are and then make the decision that's best for their family," Horsman