More women are choosing home birth A Stuart birth center has to expand to meet rising demand

Stuart birth center has to expand to meet demand

STUART, Fla. - More women are choosing to give birth at home. The Centers for Disease Control report that home births are at its highest level in 40 years. But it still only accounts for about 1% of all U.S. births.

However Treasure Coast midwives say they can't keep up with demand.

Baby Josiah was born three months ago. his parents chose a home birth.

"I went into labor early in the morning and labored throughout at home," says Sheena Magallanes, "I did a lot of walking and then by 8 o'clock at night he was born in our living room."

"It went really, really smooth," says Steve Magallanes, "Tammy and her team really walked us through everything."

Tammy Dieffenbach has been a midwife for more than 10 years. Right now she has about 85 clients.

"Extremely busy," says Dieffenbach, "I'm working 13, 14 hour days."

She's so busy that Abundant Life Birth Center in Stuart has put a hold on new clients. 

"We're at least on a hold for 4 to 6 weeks because our practice is so full," says Dieffenbach.

Dieffenbach says they're expanding the practice to handle demand and they're adding a second midwife. There are 30 names on the wait list. 

She says many families want a more natural experience without a hospital. She says home births are safe but it's not for everyone.

"It's really wise to go and have a risk assessment with a midwife," says Dieffenbach, "Find out if it's safe for you and your particular situation."

Sheena Magallanes says she had a good pregnancy with no complications and that's why home birth worked for her.

"I had a great pregnancy and I didn't need to go to the hospital thankfully," says Magallanes.


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