It seems obvious that homebirth moms would experience a lower rate of postpartum depression than women with institutional births. Michelle Bland shares her research in this article, which showed that the participants in the homebirth group had the lowest rates of depression, felt the most control over their birth experiences and were the most satisfied.
Michelle Bland is a homeschooling mother of three (all born at home), an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified personal fitness trainer, and the owner of Artistic Tech, LLC, a Web site design business. She received her BS in psychology from Missouri Western State University, has spoken on this topic for the Missouri Midwives’ Association and been published internationally on postpartum depression. She is currently collecting data for a third study and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.