A 44-year-old member asked:
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if i want a home birth, do i need to have a midwife?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The overall risk associated with having a home birth is low but studies show that it carries a three times increased risk of neonatal death compared to hospital birth. If you are going to have a home birth you should have a certified nurse midwife attend who has prearranged backup with an obgyn. Here is the acog statement on home birth. http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr01-20-11.cfm.
Answered on Jan 20, 2019
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
30 years experience Pediatrics
Home birth: Of course you do. You need to have the most experienced person so that if there are complications (which are usually difficult to predict) it can be taken care of by someone who know what she/he is doing. You should also have someone who is familiar with neonatal resuscitation.
Answered on Jul 7, 2019

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