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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. Julie Abbott
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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


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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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I am 21 and having a natural home birth. What does crowning feel like?

I am 21 and having a natural home birth. What does crowning feel like?

Ouch: Speaking from personal experience, i would say there is great pressure, and pain. There may be some tearing of the tissues. It is not comfortable. I also want to add, you are about to meet the love of your life! good luck. ...Read more

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If I want a home birth, do I need to have a midwife?

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. ...Read more

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Should home birth linens be placed in hazardous waste bin?

Should home birth linens be placed in hazardous waste bin?

Yes: Any materials that have come into contact with blood or other body fluids should be disposed of properly and safely. ...Read more

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What are the risks of home birth vs. Hospital birth?

What are the risks of home birth vs. Hospital birth?

Worth the risk?: The advantages at home are a more controlled and comfortable environment, less invasive, and it can be a really positive experience. The disadvantages are limited options for pain relief and huge risks for you and the baby in the rare instances where things go wrong. Unfortunately, things can go wrong very quickly. A competent birth attendant with good judgment and back up is essential. ...Read more

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What can I expect at a home birth?

What can I expect at a home birth?

Home birth: Most births go to completion without problems, however, labor and delivery complication are difficult to predict and if and when they do develop can have serious short and long-term ramifications. If you live in an industeralized country where resources are available, i would highly recommend you deliver in a hospital setting where expertise and resources are available. ...Read more

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What do I need for a healthy home birth?

What do I need for a healthy home birth?

An OB/midwife: and a pediatrician for the baby! Midwives may do a great job delivering the baby, but are not equipped to handle any pediatric emergencies.Are they able to intubate (place an airway) and suction lungs if the baby has aspirated meconium? Would be good to have an O.R. too, in case of emergency C-section. People DO have home deliveries, but it is risky, and I would NOT recommend it unless no choice ...Read more

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How do I decide whether to have a home birth?

DO NOT DO IT !!!: I have seen on this website other women from your city asking this same question. No one can predict the future! you can be totally normal and have a normal pregnancy and have complications either before, in labor or after labor that could be a disaster if u are at home. Over the course of my career I have seen many horrible complications from home birth including fetal death and brain damage! ...Read more

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What factors would risk me out of a home birth?

What factors would risk me out of a home birth?

Any complications: Home delivery is a pretty hot topic. If you have any medical complications, we would recommend you deliver at the hospital. If the baby is in an unusual position, you may be better off at the hospital. Also remember that you can work with your doctor to make your hospital experience less "hospital like" as well. ...Read more

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My family is worried about me having a home birth?

This is normal: They will worry about you regardless but hopefully will respect your choices. You can help by providing them with information about your preparations and contingency plans. Listen to their concerns and try to respond calmly and logically. Involve them to the degree that you and they are comfortable. ...Read more

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Which room is the best room to be during a home birth?

Room for delivery: The best room for a home delivery should be well lighted, limited access to individuals who are not participating in the birth, and most importantly easy access for medical personal to transfer the mom to an emergency facility should the need arise. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

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