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"A home birth is safe for a client who has been classified with a low-risk pregnancy". (Photo: Kristen van Staden/Yellow Lemon Birth Photography/Sabirthphotographers.com/Yellowlemonbirthphotographer.com/Instagram: @yellowlemonbirthphotographer)
"A home birth is safe for a client who has been classified with a low-risk pregnancy". (Photo: Kristen van Staden/Yellow Lemon Birth Photography/Sabirthphotographers.com/Yellowlemonbirthphotographer.com/Instagram: @yellowlemonbirthphotographer)

It wasn't too long ago that home births were considered the norm.

Described as midwife-led care, home births were the go-to birthing method until the 20th century, when anaesthesia introduced the idea of "pain-free childbirths" in hospital, says professor of history Margaret Marsh

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