Definition of home birth in US English:

home birth


  • An instance of giving birth at home, rather than in a hospital.

    ‘when Lisa got pregnant they decided to have a home birth’
    • ‘If I were pregnant after the unit closed I would rather have a home birth than go to the hospital.’
    • ‘Her planned home birth was a truly special event not just for family but indeed the entire village who rejoiced in their latest arrival.’
    • ‘It was a planned home birth with two independent midwives.’
    • ‘The teenager had wanted a home birth but her partner had initially been worried.’
    • ‘Every woman has a legal right to a home birth.’
    • ‘Unfortunately there seem to be a lot of mothers who don't know they can ask for a home birth.’
    • ‘When Katie was expecting Toby she made the decision to opt for a home birth.’
    • ‘While home birth was common as recently as the 1960s, today almost all Portuguese women have their babies in hospitals.’
    • ‘The health board does provide a grant for families having a home birth while private health cover does meet the balance.’