Some women choose to deliver their babies in locations outside of the hospital, such as at a birth centre or at home. Usually a registered midwife, or sometimes a family physician attends these out-of-hospital births. In choosing a location for their birth, all women should clearly understand the risks and benefits of their chosen setting.
In Canada, a planned homebirth is a reasonable choice provided:
Current research indicates that women who have normal, low-risk pregnancies who plan a homebirth with a registered midwife, in an integrated health care system may have better obstetric outcomes (i.e., fewer interventions) with no increase in neonatal mortality.