Nine Consensus Statements
Following the Future Search model, the Home Birth Consensus Summit fostered the dialogue needed to find common ground and spark constructive action towards safe, culturally competent, and respectful care for women who desire home birth. Delegates explored every facet of the existing system, engaged in frank and productive conversations, and proposed ways to move forward in the future. All stakeholder delegates were engaged in this consensus-building process. The process also catalyzed unusual and unprecedented alliances between practitioners and consumers, researchers and ethicists, physicians and midwives. By the close of this Summit, the stakeholders and leaders present arrived at nine consensus statements which represent areas of common ground and shared priorities for further discussion and action.