Home Birth vs. Hospital Births
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, several expecting mothers have expressed that they would prefer to have a home birth rather than risk exposing themselves - and their baby - to coronavirus in an urban hospital setting. Despite risks associated with home birth and an approximate $5,500 fee for a midwife not covered by insurance, pregnant women say that uncertainties toward the pandemic have led them to question how comfortable they feel giving birth in the hospital. Moreover, insufficient time and research has passed to ascertain how coronavirus may affect mothers and babies both in the short-term and long-term. Yet, medical experts urge these expecting mothers to give birth in the hospital rather than risk the potential complications of a home birth.