Talking to Your People About Your Out-Of-Hospital Birth


Aug 31 2021 • 12 mins

In this episode, Sam discusses how to share with your community about your out-of-hospital birth. This topic can be a loaded bag depending on your audience. Sam breaks down the three most common personalities that may emerge:

Researcher Rita, Super-Helper Susan, and Fearful Franny.

Listen in as we discuss some tips for healthy dialogue and connection with these ladies (and those who share their concerns).


3:56  “Researcher Rita”

5:48  “Super-helper Susan”

7:18 “Fearful Franny”

“Franny is worried. She's worried about you. She's worried about the baby worried. You'll get a flat tire on the way to the birth center. Worried your midwife won't make it in time and your baby will be born on the bathroom floor like that woman in the lifetime movie. She's just worried. But this worry isn't exclusive to your birth. And it'll probably continue on long after you've had your baby, it'll just be directed at other things. ”

- Sam LeGassick

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Sources mentioned in today’s episode

MacDorman MF, Mathews TJ, Declercq E. Trends in out-of-hospital births in the United States, 1990–2012. NCHS data brief, no 144. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2014. Click here for this article

Goer H. Dueling Statistics: Is Out-of-Hospital Birth Safe?. J Perinat Educ. 2016;25(2):75–79. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.25.2.75 Click here for this article

Cheyney M. Understanding Recent Home-Birth Research: An Interview With Drs. Melissa Cheyney and Jonathan Snowden. J Perinat Educ. 2016;25(2):80–86. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.25.2.80 Click here for this article

Quote by Emma Bombeck: "Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets, you nowhere."

Bible verse from Isaiah: “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)