New Blog Focuses on Darker Side of Homebirth Movement


Amy Tuteur has started a new blog called Hurt by Homebirth in which women detail the deaths or injuries of their infants who could have been saved by hospital births:

Private websites run by homebirth advocates frequently and proudly delete comments unfavorable to homebirth, and there’s nothing more unfavorable than a homebirth story that ends in death.

Enough is enough. Hurt by Homebirth has been created as a safe place where women can tell the stories of the babies who died or who were left brain damaged or otherwise injured by homebirth. And though maternal death is far more rare, it is also a place where families can tell the story of mothers who have died at or in the aftermath of a homebirth.

It is an important site for women who might be considering homebirth, since so often homebirth advocates are not forthcoming about the risks involved.

Unfortunately, women contemplating homebirth don’t know the risks and homebirth advocates aren’t about to tell them. In fact, adding insult to injury, when a bereaved mother attempts to share her baby’s story with other homebirth advocates, the baby is figuratively erased out of existence. Homebirth websites delete homebirth tragedies. They don’t want women to know the truth.

Be warned.  The first story is tragic and very difficult to read.


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