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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Home Birth When Overweight

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How do you make a natural home birth as comfortable and safe comfortable as possible?

How do you make a natural home birth as comfortable and safe comfortable as possible?

Obsessive planning: Hope for the best, plan for the worst. Try to anticipate and plan for every possible contingency. If there is an emergency, minutes can be the difference between a scare and a disaster. Everyone should know exactly what they should do and what their responsibilities are. Knowing that everything is covered will allow you to relax and enjoy the experience. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Why do only midwives do home birth and not doctors since studies show it is safe?

Why do only midwives do home birth and not doctors since studies show it is safe?

Practice types: Apart from liability concerns and costs, the practice models for the two groups are very different. Also many women become midwives because of an interest in and dedication to home deliveries. ...Read more

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Why don't more doctors suppost home birth when the safety records shows it is just as safe but cheaper than hospitals?

Why don't more doctors suppost home birth when the safety records shows it is just as safe but cheaper than hospitals?

Home birth: What records? Where are you getting your facts? Every birth has the potential to have complications. Maybe only a small percent, but would you want that child to be yours? Could you live with yourself, if you knew that delivering at a hospital would have saved your baby's life. There are just too many variables, to be prepared for them all. ...Read more

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How do I prepare for a home birth?

Be safe first: Make sure you verify the credentials and experience of your midwife. Understand the different types of midwives and the different levels of training as this can often be confusing. I would recommend you also see a physician to confirm whether or not you are a candidate and to arrange a back up plan. Acog stance on homebirth: http://www.Acog.Org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr01-20-11.Cfm. ...Read more

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Why is the medical establishment so resistant to home birth?

Why is the medical establishment so resistant to  home birth?

Liability: Aside from the fact that none of us want to be in a situation where there is a serious complication with mom and/or baby and appropriate facilities are not readily available, any bad result is grounds for a lawsuit and liability coverage is either not available or very expensive. Fix the liability system and i think you will find the medical establishment more accepting. ...Read more

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How do I find a home birth provider?

How do I find a home birth provider?

Why would you?!: No reasonable person would make an informed decision to deliver their baby at home without access to a maternity center with a large blood bank, surgical suites, experienced obstetrical surgeons, round-the-clock perinatal anesthesiologists and neonatal intensive care unit. You should not put your life and your baby's life at risk by delivering at home - multiple studies prove it is much riskier! ...Read more

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Could I bleed to death if home birth?

Could I bleed to death if home birth?

Indeed !: Home birth with an experienced nurse midwife is reasonably safe . Normally, after the afterbirth delivers the uterus will contract and slows down bleeding. Hospitals have a dedicated staff and blood bank should this serious obstetrical emergency develop. Talk to your caregiver and assess your particular risk. ...Read more

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What are warm towels used for in a home birth?

What are warm towels used for in a home birth?

Home Birth: The warm towels are used to dry and warm the baby after delivery. When babies are delivered they are wet and cold. It is very important to dry and warm them quickly. This is done the same way regardless of wether the baby is delivered at home or in the hospital. After being dried they can either be placed in warm towels or simply placed on mom's chest for body heat. ...Read more

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Can I still have a home birth if I have herpes?

Can I still have a home birth if I have herpes?

Yes: Take Valtrex (valacyclovir) for the last month to minimize the chance of an outbreak. Should you have a genital outbreak when you go into labor you should abandon the home delivery and deliver by c-section. Neonatal herpetic encephalopathy is catastrophic. ...Read more

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What emergency equipment should be present at my home birth?

Several items: Suction bulb for baby as well as the ability to administer oxygen to the baby by a trained person. If you are not properly trained in neonatal resuscitation then you will cause harm to the baby. Also i would have medications available that can help with hemorrhage such as misoprostol. But you must have a labor attendant who is familiar with the proper use of these medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Home Birth (Definition)

A home birth is the delivery of a child at home rather than in a hospital or other medical facility. Home births are associated with a somewhat higher rate of birth complications than delivery in the hospital or ...Read more