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June 14, 2023

Navigating Birth Choices: Insights from a Midwife on Home Birth and Hospital Birth

with podcast guest

Judy Ribner


Judy Ribner, DNP, CNM, is a midwife doctor and the founder of New York City’s largest home birth practice, Holistic Midwifery New York. Judy’s journey into midwifery was sparked by her deep appreciation for the innate power and intuition within the birthing process. Having completed her doctorate and graduating as the NYU Valedictorian, Judy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. With a focus on preserving the physiologic process of birth, she cherishes helping individuals tap into their own strength and wisdom.

In this episode, Judy and I talk about the role of natural hormones in guiding labor and birth, potential risks associated with epidurals and synthetic labor hormones like pitocin, the safety of planned home births, the relative risk of hospital births in the United States, the profound impact that honoring the body’s wisdom can have on birth outcomes, and so much more!


  • The resurgence of midwifery in the United States and the increasing popularity of home births
  • Rising maternal mortality rates and the over-medicalization of childbirth in the US
  • How the economics of healthcare impact medical outcomes
  • Short-term health benefits for mothers when labor and birth are allowed to progress naturally
  • Recognizing that most women can safely birth their babies without interventions
  • The lack of informed consent and the potential risks associated with epidurals
  • Potential risks for mother and baby of using pitocin during labor
  • The ARRIVE trial and the push for routine labor induction
  • The challenges for those seeking low-intervention birth experiences
  • Different pathways to midwifery and how they help in the birthing process
  • The scope of practice for midwives in hospitals, birthing centers, and home births
  • Myths and misconceptions about home birth
  • How age impacts your suitability for home birth
  • Judy’s message for anyone considering a home birth


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